Maryland men’s basketball snapped its three-game losing streak Friday with a 92-68 blowout win over UMBC. The Terps never trailed and put up 57 points in the first half.
Here are three takeaways from the game.
The Terps finally met expectations
Maryland needed to get back on track, and it did so in a game it was widely expected to win. The Terps moved to 16-0 all-time against the Retrievers, winning each matchup by an average of over 26 points.
Tuesday was reminiscent of Maryland’s season-opening win over Mount St. Mary’s, in which the game was relatively competitive in the first 10 minutes, but dominated by Maryland from then on out.
Nevertheless, this was the most inspired performance from the Terps this season, especially on the offensive end. They shot 45.6% from the field and a season-high 28.6% from three.
“There’s something to be said about, you know, getting in a rhythm and being at home, and I think it really helped us,” head coach Kevin Willard said.
Maryland’s next true test will come in its Big Ten opener on Dec. 1 against Indiana.
The core showed up
Jahmir Young, Julian Reese and Donta Scott were key contributors in the Terps’ dominant win, combining for 33 of Maryland’s 57 first-half points.
“When you get a couple easy buckets early, it gives you a little bit more confidence, and you’re able to kind of wear them down a little bit,” Willard said. “It was good to see the ball go in early, to be honest with you.”
Young finished the game with 20 points, three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes. He also had four steals, three of which came in the first half.
Reese recorded his second double-double of the season with 15 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. However, he continued to struggle from the free-throw line, making just five of his eight attempts. The Terps missed 13 total free throws.
Scott reached double digits for the second time this season, scoring a season-high 14 points. He shot 6-of-11 from the field, 2-of-5 from three and grabbed three offensive rebounds.
Maryland showcased its bench
A 33-point halftime lead allowed Willard to utilize his bench throughout the second half.
Jamie Kaiser Jr. led the way with eight points, two rebounds and three steals in 12 minutes of play. He also drained a half-court shot as the first half ended.
Jahari Long and Caelum Swanton-Roger added a combined six points and three rebounds, while Jahnathan Lamothe and Mady Traore combined for three points and a rebound.
“Getting our bench guys extended minutes is huge because it gives them a chance to play without extreme pressure,” Willard said. “And it’s really hard when you’re a freshman [or] you’re a guy who hasn’t played a lot of minutes before to have to now come in and play, and play at a high level when you haven’t done it a whole lot.”
Noah Batchelor, who started two games ago, was the last scholarship player to see the floor and made a 3-pointer, while walk-ons Lukas Sotell and Ben Murphy each made their first appearances. Murphy added his name to the stat sheet with his first career bucket.