Mark Turgeon’s Terps had a big setback Saturday with a worse-than-bad loss to Boston University to mark the 200th game ever at Comcast Center. Maryland fell to 7-5 as they turned the ball over 17 times while only dishing 15 assists and allowing the Terriers controlled momentum for the bulk of the second half. There wasn’t a single moment in the last five minutes that it felt like Maryland really had a chance to comeback, even with the Terrier’s lead usually in single digits.
The Terrapins were again plagued by poor free throw shooting just at just 58 percent (15-26). Maryland shot better than BU from the floor and behind the arc, but costly turnovers from the point guard position of Roddy Peters and Dez Wells, who combined for 11 of Maryland’s 17 turnovers, destroyed any chance Maryland had to cut the Terriers lead down.
Another big issue was the Terrapins defense inside the paint. Second-chance points helped BU go on a 13-3 run late in the game that took any moment Maryland had after a Jake Layman three pointer cut the Terps deficit to four. Missed free throws down the stretch and boneheaded turnovers put the Terrapins in too deep of a hole. Boston University’s D.J. Irving led all scorers with 25 points in just 22 minutes as the Terriers snapped a three-game losing streak.
Maryland has struggled with non-conference opponents this season and have two home losses to non-conference opponents for the first time in Comcast Center’s history. With two more home non-conference games left before the start of ACC play, Mark Turgeon and his squad desperately need to turn things around fast. This loss will not look good on a tournament resume if the Terps end up in a similar bubble situation as they were last season.
Something to note is that forward Evan Smotrycz had an incredible second half and finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, his second double-double of the season. Jonathan Graham scored five points in 15 minutes as his minutes continue to increase. Graham has been one of the Terps harder working players in the paint in the last couple of games, look for his minutes to keep increasing with Charles Mitchell struggling.
Next up for the Terps is a must win game against Tulsa (4-8) at home followed by North Carolina Central on New Years Eve.