The Maryland Terrapins scored 14 points in the first half and even an improved offensive production in the second half could not rescue the Terps as they dropped their second straight game, falling to the Miami Hurricanes on the road, 54-47
Sophomore Dez Wells led the team with 18 points and five rebounds in the losing effort. Sophomore Alex Len had 16 points and nine rebounds but also committed four turnovers. In a somewhat surprising move, freshman Seth Allen got the starting nod over junior Pe'Shon Howard, but the two of them combined to shoot 2-for-13 from the field and 0-for-6 from behind the arc.
The Maryland Terrapins had never won against Miami in South Florida since Miami joined the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terps split a home and away series with the Hurricanes last season with each team notching a home win.
The Terps got off to a slow start with the Terrapins committing turnovers and missing shots. Wells finally made the first field goal for Maryland about four minutes into the first half, but the Terps had a hard time stopping Miami's Kenny Kadji, who made two early three pointers to help the Hurricanes jump out to a quick lead. Len had four turnovers in the first six minutes, prompting Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon to pull Len and put in a new lineup that included walk-on Spencer Barks. The change in players did not help the Terps as they trailed 12-5 halfway through the first half before a basket by Wells followed by a dunk from Len cut the Hurricanes' lead to three. The Terps would continue to struggle shooting the ball, making only 21 percent of their shots from the first half, entering halftime trailing Miami 14-19.
The second half was much prettier for both teams as they started the half by exchanging buckets. The Terps would creep back, trailing by four just seven minutes into the second half. But Maryland would experience another scoring drought and find themselves down 10 points with 5:22 left in the game. Maryland would pull within five with two minutes left in regulation but Miami's Trey McKinnie-Jones responded with a three-point shot from the corner to take an eight-point lead.
The Terps were terrible from the field, shooting 31.6 percent from the field and 20 percent from downtown. They also only hit 44.4 percent of their free throws. Miami did not have a good night shooting either, only making 34.9 percent of their field goals and 25 percent from three-point range. The Terrapins also continued their trend of turning the ball over, committing 14 giveaways in the loss.
Kadji led Miami with 14 points and five boards. McKinnie-Jones had 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Hurricanes and Shane Larkin finished with 10 points, four rebounds and six assists while also recording three steals.
With the loss, the Terps fall to 13-3 on the season and 1-2 in the ACC. Miami is now 12-3 overall and 3-0 and on top of the ACC. The Terrapins will come back home to face the North Carolina State Wolfpack in College Park, Md. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.