Maryland’s men’s basketball team secured a solid season-opening victory over Mount St. Mary’s, with both new and veteran players contributing to the win. Freshman DeShawn Harris-Smith impressed with his plus-22 rating, while Julian Reese led the team with 18 points and eight rebounds. Although the Terps didn’t play a perfect game, there were a lot of positives to take away from the match, as well as areas to improve on. Coach Mark Willard highlighted the need to better utilize the team’s strengths in future games. With 11 players available to play, Willard acknowledged that he may have spent too much time subbing and not enough time focusing on strategy. Overall, it was a decent season opener, and the team appears to be a competitive force this year.
Reese, the talented player on the Maryland team, had a magnificent game when they played their home opener, where he was able to make an incredibly impressive 8 out of 11 field goal attempts. Not only that, Reese also blocked two shots, indicating that he was a force to be reckoned with on the court. The win extended Maryland’s impressive winning streak in home openers to 47 games, highlighting the team’s formidability and efficiency at home games.
Another talented player on the Maryland team, DeShawn Harris-Smith, who is a point guard and finished second in the Big Ten preseason voting for freshman of the year, also shone in his debut as he started strong and finished with a solid 12 points. The Terrapins will certainly be looking to build on these impressive performances as they continue their season.
Maryland cruised to the comfortable 79-61 victory over Mount St. Mary’s in their season opener. Joshua Reaves led the Mountaineers with 10 points, while Dallas Hobbs added nine. Dakota Leffew, the team’s top scorer from last season, was held to eight points on a poor shooting night. The Terrapins shot an impressive 49% from the field, compared to Mount St. Mary’s 35.6%. Maryland also outscored the Mountaineers 40-28 in the paint and had a slight rebounding advantage. After leading by 14 points at half-time, Maryland extended their lead even further, with Jahmir Young scoring a layup to put them up by 18 points with 18 minutes to go. Although Mount St. Mary’s managed to narrow the gap, they ultimately fell to a comfortable defeat.
As the game progressed, the Terps started to show their form. They found their rhythm and hit five consecutive shots, delighting the crowd. The energy in the stadium was palpable as Donta Scott hit an incredible 3-pointer that pushed the lead up to 20 points, with still over 10 minutes remaining on the clock. The Mountaineers made a valiant effort to fight back, but the Terps were too dominant. Even when the Mountaineers managed to cut the deficit to 58-42, their hopes were quickly crushed as the Terps maintained their lead. The game’s pace was slow at the beginning, with each team struggling to find the basket. The first half saw both teams make several mistakes, accounting for a total of 15 turnovers. Both teams even had to endure lengthy scoreless periods, with Mount St. Mary’s going without a score for 4 minutes and 45 seconds, while Maryland went 4 minutes and 7 seconds without scoring.
In the early stages of the game, Maryland started off strong and were leading by a score of 10-4. However, the Mountaineers were not willing to give up easily. A layup by Hobbs brought the game within two points, with the score at 10-8 and 11:15 remaining in the first half. Surprisingly, the only player on the court making any real impact in the opening exchanges was Reese. He scored an impressive seven out of Maryland’s first 12 points by making three shots out of his first five attempts. Maryland’s dominance showed on the scoreboard as they led 18-14, which was then further extended by a 7-0 run that culminated in a fantastic layup by Harris-Smith. Reese’s excellent hook shot took Maryland’s lead to 29-16 with just 1:47 remaining in the half, and they headed towards the locker room with a significant 33-19 lead. Maryland’s shooting was incredibly impressive in the latter stages of the half, managing to shoot an impressive 50 percent with 14 converted shots out of their 28 attempts. On the other hand, the Mountaineers barely shot at 30 percent, with only nine out of their 30 attempts going in.