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Maryland: 76, Georgetown: 75
The Maryland Terrapins had a thrilling defeat over the Georgetown Hoyas. The game was inside the Verizon Center, which is a hard stadium to fill, as it is the home of the Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals. The stadium had a loud echo, every Hoyas chant could be heard.
A total of 56 fouls were called, and 64 free throws shots, 42 of the free throws shot by Georgetown. The game was head to head almost the entire time. Maryland took an early lead 14-7, until Georgetown went on a 7-0 run tying the game. At half time, the score was- you guessed it, tied at 31-31. At 12:20 left in the game, the score was tied at 45. All until the final minutes the game was tied, Georgetown started to pull ahead, at 4:25 left in the game, Georgetown had a lead of 9. At 1:07 left of the game, Maryland was down by 7. Maryland struggled to get back but in the end after inching towards Georgetown, they won, by a single point.
What was the X-factor in this game?
The Maryland freshmen took the game over. Anthony Cowan standing at 6’0 had 5 rebounds, 1/5th of the total team rebounds, scored 7 of his 11 points in the second half, had 5 assists and 3 steals. Kevin Huerter, only 6 points, but 5 rebounds as well, stood the most important person on defense as he blocked Jagan Mosely’s last layup attempt to win the game.
Why Maryland Won this Game?
Maryland held off in the last minute, literally. Maryland was not looking well as the time started to expire. The team had a total of 32 personal fouls, and a 3-point percentage of almost 26%. Georgetown did a great job on defense, running down the clock and forcing Maryland to take ridiculous shots to not get a shot clock violation. With 32 PFs, Coach Mark Turgeon was furious, which eventually resulted in a technical foul on Turgeon.
So how did Maryland win this game? Perseverance, and the ability to slow down the last 1:30 seconds of the game. Maryland knew whom to foul, and played a great defensive game, forcing travels, players to go out of bounds, blocked shots, and making their free throws in high stake situations.
Star of the Game
The star of the game could vary from Kevin Huerter to Melo Trimble to Anthony Cowan, but rightfully goes to Justin Jackson. Jackson had 17 points and 7 rebounds. Jackson is 6’7 but has a ridiculously long wingspan of 7’3, which makes catching those rebounds a lot easier. Justin went 3-5 from the 3 point line, which meant he scored almost half of Maryland’s total made 3-pointers. He made a crucial layup in the last 30 seconds. Maryland struggled, but could depend on Jackson the entire game.
Dud of the Game
Freshman guard on Georgetown, Jagan Mosely, scored a total of 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, on 25 minutes. Against USC Upstate, Mosely scored 6 points, had 6 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds on 19 minutes. As a freshman who has only played 2 games, that’s not all too bad, but Mosely was the man that went for the last layup, the layup with 2 seconds on the clock, the layup for the win, the layup that was blocked by Huerter, which means Mosely essentially singlehandedly lost the game for Georgetown. Mosely has potential, and a lot of room for improvement, this freshman can be exciting to watch, but is no doubt the dud of the game.
Stat of the Night
Maryland had a 7-point deficit at 1:07 remaining in the game. How does a team comeback from a deficit that large in such a small amount of time? Freshmen. The freshmen, with Trimble, carried the team. At 58 seconds, Kevin Huerter made a 3-pointer, which cut the lead to 4 points. The last minute of the game had Maryland inching back and forth shooting free throws, and fouling to slow down the clock, depending on Georgetown to make 1 free throw and miss 1 free throw. In the last 10 seconds, down by 3, Trimble made a layup, fouled on LJ Peak, and shot 2 free throws for the lead. With 7 seconds left on the clock, Georgetown desperately tried one last play, that was blocked by Huerter and winning the game for Maryland.
Maryland played a dangerously close game. Both teams played well on defense, which made each offense look less than adequate. The most important part of the game, and a play freshmen Kevin Huerter and Jagan Mosely will remember their entire lives, is the game winning block in the last 2 seconds. The next team Maryland will play is St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Yes, Maryland is playing a Division III school in their regular season. After St. Mary’s, Maryland is back to playing Division I against another state school in Maryland, Towson University.
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