It had been over 40 years since the Hoyas stepped foot in College Park to take on the Terps and Tuesday night they did just that. The number three Terps cruised past Mount St. Mary’s on Friday but would have a much tougher time with JT3’s Hoyas.
Maryland got off to a slow start, trailing 9-0 in the first 2:08, but Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon brought them back quickly, knocking down three jumpers and assisting on an alley-oop to Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter Jr.
But it was Sulaimon’s 3-ball with 1:20 left in the game that put Maryland up 71-68 that made is presence felt in College Park the most, for the first time at least. A couple of Melo Trimble free throws secured Maryland’s 75-71 win over Georgetown. Trimble finished with a game-high 24 points, knocking down three 3-point field goals and 13-18 free throws. He missed FIVE! Sulaimon finished with 10 points, going 4-6 from the floor and a game-high seven assists.
The game went back-and-forth throughout the entire second half as D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera knocked down a huge 3–ball to tie the game just seconds after Jake Layman had given Maryland their first 3-point lead of the game. Smith-Rivera was limited to just 26 minutes due to foul trouble, although Georgetown scored on four of their first six possessions after he left with his fourth foul.
The Hoyas got a huge game out of center Bradley Hayes, who outplayed Maryland’s star freshman, Diamond Stone in Stone’s limited 14 minutes. Maryland turned to sophomore Michal Cekovsky off the bench. Ceko had two huge dunks on Maryland’s comeback run in the first half and forced two big Hayes turnovers in the second half, both leading to Maryland buckets. Hayes finished with a team-high 16 points on 8-13 shooting, but turned the ball over three times down the stretch.
Robert Carter Jr. was virtually unstoppable for the Terps, scoring 12 on 5-8 shooting and assisting on the huge Jake Layman 3-ball late in the game. He was able to use his big fella dribbling skills to get into the paint with ease and facilitate on passes to the corners as well as score. Layman scored all 15 of his points in the second-half after missing his first four shot attempts in the first.
Maryland wore throwback jerseys to the last time they hosted the Hoyas in 1974, a team that had some guys by the names of Lucas, Elmore, McMillen, and even Trimble. Maryland won that game 115-83. This year was just a little closer.
The Terps got a spiritual lift at the under-4 timeout in the second half, when Terp legend, Greivis Vasquez walked into the building, straight from Georgetown’s home, the Verizon Center, where his Bucks were taking on the Wizards; the place went nuts.
The game was followed by Sportscenter hosted by Scott Van Pelt from center court, #HeATerp.
Maryland hosts Rider on Friday night. It doesn’t get any easier for Georgetown as they travel to the 2K classic in Madison Square Garden to take on another Big Ten team, Wisconsin.