The Terrapins got out to an early start Thursday night, withstanding a Boston College comeback and taking a lead into halftime. Maryland leads 42-36, after a bizarre refereeing decision not to review a Boston College shot that was released clearly after the shot clock expired near the end of the half.
Maryland led 13-6 at the first media timeout, led by two Evan Smotrycz three pointers, one from Nick Faust and an early advantage on the boards -- which Dave predicted before the game. Smotrycz's defensive issues flared up again, allowing Ryan Anderson to beat him inside twice early and failing to pick up the necessary help defense on a driving Olivier Hanlon. That all took place within the first seven minutes of the game, and while his offensive output was able to make up for his defensive struggles, he was taken out soon after.
The Terps hit five of their first eight three point attempts, with assists on five of their first nine made baskets. They did not have another assist in the half.
Boston College went on a 11-2 run in the middle of the first half to cut the lead to five once Maryland moved away from that offensive game plan, shooting almost exclusively threes -- with a Roddy Peters drive to the lane thrown in there. Shaq Cleare made a nifty post move to end the run, but Boston COllege responded right back to cut the Terrapin lead to 27-25.
With just over two minutes to play, Jake Layman made a three to stretch the Terrapin lead to 38-31. Charles Mitchell scored on a fastbreak (!) to make it 40-31 and force a timeout. The Eagles made another small run, making it 42-36 at the half.