In the biggest non-conference road game on the young season, the Terps took down the Penn State Nittany Lions by staging a defensive clinic at the Bryce Jordan Center.
Maryland center Jordan Williams recorded his sixth double-double in eight games, leading the team in scoring with 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Three other Terps, Dino Gregory, Sean Mosley and Terrell Stoglin, all scored 10 points in the 62-39 victory.
Aside from the 21 points from senior guard Talor Battle, no other Nittany Lion surpassed the six-point mark on the night. The team was stifled by the relentless Maryland defense, which limited the Nittany Lions to a mere 20.6 percent field-goal percentage, including a 17.9 shooting percentage in the second half.
Forwards Jeff Brooks and David Jackson, the second and third-leading scorers for Penn State entering the game, shot a dismal 3-16, combining for just eight points. The air balls were contagious though - the team nailed down just three shots from downtown, good for an 11.1 percentage.
The Terps' sixth win was their third straight since falling to Pittsburgh and fellow Big Ten powerhouse Illinois last week. It was the fifth win for Atlantic Coast Conference in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, who came up short once again in 2010, 6-5.
The Good: The Maryland defense. I am not sure whether it was porous shooting from Penn State or a persistent defensive effort by Maryland, but the Terps did limit the team to under 21 percent from the field. They allowed Penn State 27 three-point attempts but only three fell. Regardless of which unit deserves the credit, when you can hold the home team to that awful of a shooting on their court, it is impressive.
The Bad: Adrian Bowie. After two of his better performances against Delaware State and Elon, the senior point guard reverted to his early-season form and could not control the offense. In 30 minutes on the court, Bowie had just four points while turning the ball over four times. He salvaged his night with six dimes, but point guard play is essential for this offense to run smoothly. In his replacement, Stoglin scored 10 points in just 18 minutes, a much more efficient effort from the true freshman.
The Ugly: Rebounding. One of the keys for the Terps in my preview was to win the battle on the boards. Penn State had a height disadvantage, and was allowing inferior teams to record similar rebounding totals to them all season long. Against Maryland, however, Penn State grabbed 40 rebounds, 20 of which came on the offensive end. The Terps won the rebounding battle by four, but when you are allowing that number of offensive boards and barely winning that matchup, it is a huge question mark heading into conference play.