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Maryland basketball vs. Howard final score, with 3 things to know from the Terps’ 79-56 win

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The Terps ran away with it in the second half to improve to 9-1.

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Maryland has let a lot of inferior teams hang around late into games this season. That didn’t happen Wednesday night, as the Terps beat Howard, 79-56.

Michal Cekovsky led a second-half surge that saw the Terps open up a 22-point lead en route to an easy win. Maryland moves to 9-1 on the season.

In a rare occurrence, Melo Trimble didn’t lead the Terps in scoring. He didn’t need to. Cekovsky and Jaylen Brantley led the team with 16 and 14 points, respectively, and the starters got to watch from the bench as the walk-ons came in to relieve them in the end.

Cekovsky’s presence was needed down low without Damonte Dodd, who’s out for at least three games with a sprained MCL. The Slovakian big man muscled his way for easy points and made life miserable for driving Howard defenders, finishing with three blocks. Brantley was as comfortable as ever as Maryland’s backup point guard, dishing out flashy passes and draining threes.

Maryland started a full-court press right from the start of the game, and it helped them get out to a 7-0 lead. The Bison make a comeback to take the lead in the first half, and this game seemed like it would go the way of almost every single matchup this season. Howard took a brief lead with under seven minutes to go in the first half, as Maryland couldn’t sink anything from three. The Terps only attempted BLANK two-pointers in the first half, and at one point had 14 threes to only three twos.

Then they went on a 15-2 run, only attempting one three in that stretch to go up by five.

The second half was a much simpler affair, as the Terps quickly extended their 38-31 lead. This hasn’t happened often this season, but Cekovsky’s dominance in a balanced Maryland scoring attack led to an easy win.

Three things to know

  1. Maryland got a comfortable lead without Melo Trimble scoring too much. Maryland’s usual scoring leader still finished third on the team with 10 points, but he wasn’t a constant scoring threat. This is probably because he didn’t need to be. He’s specialized in driving and taking over games late, and the Terps didn’t need that.
  2. Maryland went silent from deep before improving a bit. The Terps have yet to catch fire from three-point range this season. They were ice cold for a while before they took a break and started driving. They improved a 33-percent clip in the first half to
  3. The Terps put an inferior opponent away. Maryland is a lot better than Howard. This is a fact. The Terps were still losing by three with six minutes left in the first half, but looked excellent to begin the second, and got to finish this one the way Mark Turgeon wanted: with Trimble and Co. on the bench.