Terrapins handle Miami to win Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. — A win over Miami may qualify as a signature victory.

The Hurricanes reached the Elite Eight final season and featured a pair of elite guards in Isaiah Wong (who’s on the Jerry West Award watch listing) and Nijel Pack.

But when the Maryland males’s basketball crew defeated Miami, 88-70, within the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament championship recreation at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, signature victories have been the least of Coach Kevin Willard’s issues.

“We’re actually not fearful about signature wins or the place we’re,” Willard stated. “I feel we nonetheless have a great distance to go. We’re good. We have nice gamers. But they’re nonetheless attempting to be taught this method.

“We’re nonetheless attempting to get snug. We’re having turnovers (18 on this recreation) not as a result of of the gamers however extra as a result of it is my fault. I’m placing them in conditions the place I’m calling performs that we’ve not gone over a thousand instances. We beat a great Saint Louis crew and a great Miami crew, and that is nice. But I nonetheless suppose we’ve got a great distance to go.”

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How far the Terrapins (5-0) go might rely largely on whether or not gamers resembling Donta Scott, Donald Carey and Julian Reese carry out like they did on this event. Scott scored a game-high 24 factors, whereas Reese (17), Hakim Hart (14), Jahmir Young (13) and Carey (12) additionally scored in double figures.

Miami (4-1) was led by Wong (22 factors), Jordan Miller (18) and Norchad Omier (14). But Pack, who averaged 17.4 factors per recreation final season at Kansas State, was held to seven.

“If [Pack] desires to do that every one night time lengthy [shoot 3 for 10]that is advantageous with me and with Coach Willard,” Carey stated.

Miami Coach Jim Larrañaga had his personal tackle why Maryland was so proficient.

“The one clear statistic that exhibits why they gained is that that they had 39 rebounds to our 20,” he stated. “If we’re not doing a great job rebounding as a crew, we’re going to get harm.”

Maryland was challenged greater than in Saturday’s semifinal victory over Saint Louis, throughout which the Terps led by 24 at halftime — however not far more.

The Hurricanes led 15-14 when Maryland went on an 11-0 run, with Carey burying a pair of three-pointers for a 25-15 lead.

With Wong and Omier main the way in which, Miami minimize the lead to 28-24, however then Scott went on a tear and scored 10 factors within the remaining 7:39 of the half. When Ian Martinez drained a pair of free throws with 6.6 seconds left on the clock, Maryland went into its locker room with a 47-34 lead.

It was extra of the identical within the second half as Maryland raced out to a 64-46 lead with Reese scoring eight factors. Miami chipped away and ultimately pulled inside 73-63 with 6:30 remaining. But Young took the wind out of the Hurricanes by changing a three-point play.

The relaxation was left up to Carey, Reese, Hart and Scott, who scored a mixed 12 factors within the final 4:01.

“Coach stresses transferring the ball aspect to aspect,” Carey stated. “When we transfer the ball aspect to aspect, we just about get something we wish. We is usually a powerful crew.”

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Moving the ball aspect to aspect as opposed to taking part in a stationary offense was a significant cause the Terps shot a blistering 60 % (30-50) from the sector.

“I feel we’ve got the very best backcourt within the nation proper now,” Willard stated. “I believed my guard play was excellent.”

Scott grew to become the seventeenth Terp since 1995 to attain 1,000 factors and 500 rebounds in his profession. After Sunday’s recreation, he has 1,010 factors and 527 rebounds. In the 2 event video games over the weekend, the senior ahead had 49 factors and 13 rebounds. Scott was named to the all-tournament crew together with Hart.

Willard’s quick begin continues

Willard grew to become the primary Maryland head coach to start his profession in College Park with a 5-0 document.

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