Yes, you read that title correctly. Maryland was able to hold off the Tulsa Golden Hurricane with help from referee Karl Hess who gave Tulsa’s head coach, Danny Manning a double technical with 10:35 left in the second half. Manning was arguing a foul call when he got the first technical and then arguing about the technical call when he got the boot. Jake Layman stepped to the line and made four straight free throws followed by the Terps getting possession of the ball, starting an 8-0 run.
Mark Turgeon got his 300th career win in Maryland’s 85-74 win over their second Conference USA opponent in the last three games. But besides the bizarre technical call, the story of the game was definitely the return of sophomore true point guard Seth Allen, from a broken foot. Allen’s return was heavily cheered as he entered the game three and a half minutes in from the semi-filled Comcast Center. He went on to score 15 points in just 21 minutes of play with a solid 3-6 from behind the arc.
Elsewhere Maryland got its usual points and a double-double from Dez Wells (18 points and 10 rebounds). Smotrcyz, Layman, and Faust also scored in double figures creating a nice scoring balance for Maryland. But once again the Terps shot poorly from the free throw line shooting just 23-35 for 65 percent. Mark Turgeon’s bunch was able to limit the turnovers to just 10 and Jonathan Graham’s continued success brought the Terrapins three big blocks in the second half. With only one game left before conference play left this was a nice win for Maryland over a mid-major after losing to Boston University. The Terps take on NC Central University on New Years Eve and then bring in Georgia Tech on January 4.