Maryland Handles Wake Forest

DSCN1553In their first game after the crushing defeat to Duke, Maryland started off slowly against Wake Forest but was able to dominate in the second half on their way to a 71-60 win.

The first 15 minutes were slow, really slow. With five minutes left in the first half the Terps were stuck at 16 points. They ended the half on a 14-5 run after several made three pointers. They never trailed the rest of the game. The Terps were outshot in the first half by Wake but hung with them before going on the big run. A big story in this game was Wake’s poor shooting from the free throw line, making just 9-20. Maryland started the game shooting just 1-6 from the line, but made all ten after that.

Nick Faust scored a career-high 20 points on 7-11 shooting including four made three pointers. He hit a huge three at the buzzer of the first half to give the Terps a five point lead and then hit another big three with 13:24 left in the game that pushed the Terps lead up to nine, the largest lead at the time. He topped off his career day with a spectacular dunk with under two minutes left on the clock to seal the deal for Maryland.

The Terps had four other players in double-figures led by Charles Mitchell’s 12 points on 6-8 shooting. After the game Mitchell fielded a number of questions regarding his missed shot at the end of the Duke game to which he replied, “I had to move past it and look to the last five games of the season.” He did just that as his 12 points and 7 rebounds were big in the Terps win over the Demon Deacons.

Wake also struggled from deep making just 3-15 from three. Travis McKie led the way for the Demon Deacons with 16 points. Devin Thomas, whose sister Alyssa plays for Maryland, scored 11 and grabbed 15 rebounds. But it was Thomas’ physical play that had the attention of the Terps. Charles Mitchell said, “I always love playing against Devin Thomas because we always fight hard. We are both passionate and great competitors.

Maryland will host Syracuse for the one and only time as members of the ACC in their next game. That game at Comcast Center is  sold out and should be a good atmosphere. Wake heads to a hot North Carolina Tar Heel team on Saturday.

Scott Zolotorow