It was nearly a complete reversal of roles in College Park, as Maryland recovered from being on the losing end of a three-point barrage against Florida State to being on the winning end of it. Seth Allen had a career-best 32 points, Dez Wells had 15 and a game-high six assists and the Terps won 83-71, giving Mark Turgeon his first career win against Florida State.
The Terps took a 10-9 lead to the under-16 thanks to five points from Seth Allen, including a three-pointer. Out of the break, Allen drove to the hoop again for the bucket, giving him three consecutive baskets to start the game. After some typical shenanigans from Shaq Cleare (wherein he threw a pass off an opponent's face, took a bad angle to the ball and then missed on two screens on the offensive end), Allen hit a nice jumper to make it four straight shots for him.
Maryland used their athleticism advantage, running the floor quickly with their guards, including a breakway alley-oop from Wells to Faust and a huge block from Wells in a one-minute stretch midway through the first half. Allen helped expand Maryland's lead at the under-eight with a three-pointer and a foul drawn on an additional three-point attempt.
With around three minutes left to play in the half, Florida State went on a small run of good play, bringing the Terrapin lead down to 37-29. Allen had other ideas, however, hitting a deep three and grabbing the steal at the other end, leading to a three from Layman at the other end and a 43-29 lead. Layman hit another three on Maryland's next possession, taking the Terrapin lead to 46-29 -- a 9-0 run entirely comprise of three pointers.
Allen ended the first-half with 21 points -- tying his career high for a game. Maryland's 46 first-half points were also a season-high for the Terps' offense and the Florida State defense.
It was more of the same in the second half, as Maryland hit three pointers in half-court sets, showed their athleticism in transition and played solid defense to seal the victory. Florida State cut the lead down to eight with under two minutes to play, but Allen (who else?) hit the big three to bring the lead back to 11 and seal it.
Allen's explosion will likely be the story of the day, but perhaps the bigger shift was in Maryland's defensive effort. The Terps had done a horrid job in ACC play defending the perimeter, but limited the Seminoles' opportunities from three in the game. Florida State hit five of 12 from three-point range -- Seth Allen, in comparison hit seven of 10 from deep
Maryland has a tough test of games coming up, with three of their next four games against ranked competition. This was an important win heading into the stretch, and Mark Turgeon will attempt to gain his first career win over Virginia this upcoming Monday.
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