Maryland followed a pattern against No. 23 on Sunday night the state of Wisconsin Similar to what they’ve done in other Big Ten games this season: try to find the bucket early, then make up the difference with a frantic final blow.
The Terrapins did beat the Badgers’ 21-point deficit in the first half, but the final result was the same as their previous division game as Maryland lost in the final minute, 70-69 the state of Wisconsin.
“I don’t like it when we give up such an early lead like we did tonight,” Maryland interim coach said Danny Manning“But we’ve proven that we have the money to keep finding a way to grab, hit, grab and get back into the game.”
“We don’t have enough capacity to overcome the difficulties.”
The Terrapins (8-7, 0-4 Big Ten) are winless in the division and are now off to their worst division start since playing in the ACC in 1992-93. Maryland won only two division games that season.
Eric Ayala The first half did not score a point, the second half scored 19 points to lead Maryland. The guard’s final half lifted to win the game, missing the left side of the rim.
the state of Wisconsin (13-2, 4-1) dominated the first half, shooting 50 percent from the field in the first half compared to Maryland’s 32 percent. The Terps found their edge in the second half, shooting 59 percent from the field, but early turnovers proved too difficult to overcome.
“We have to defend better with our heads and feet,” Manning Say. “If you defend with your head and your feet, it puts your body in the right position.”
The Badgers were led by forward Tyler Wall’s career-high 21 points and guard Johnny Davis’ 19 points. It was the third straight game in which Maryland faced one of the top five scorers in the nation. First up was Iowa’s Keegan Murray on Jan. 3, who led the Division 1 with 24.7 points per game. Then came Illinois’ Kofi Coburn, who scored 22.5 points on Thursday. And Davis, who ranks fourth in the nation in scoring (22.6), played at Tepps early on.
the state of Wisconsin Davis and Val led by seven points each to quickly lead at 16-6. Tepps made 3 of 15 shots in the first 10 minutes and overturned the ball four times. Maryland also didn’t shoot for 5:18 midway through the first half.
However, Tepps began to find some answers after trailing by as many as 21 points in the first half. Maryland scored 15 points in the final 10 minutes of the game and Wisconsin cut the lead to six points 29-23. Green provided a spark off the bench, scoring all five points in the first half, and Maryland closed the gap to 33-26 at halftime.
“A lot of teams don’t have a good bench, and I think we have a really good bench,” Green said. “We’re giving these guys a spark and giving them something to move on and develop.”
As the second half begins, Ayala Finally got involved. The guard hits a 3-pointer in transition from nearly 30 feet. he Then came back to the field and hit again on Maryland’s next possession to give the Terps a first-time lead, 36-35.
“I think he just made his I want to go out and play,” Manning said Ayalaof the second half. “Do not say he It didn’t come down like that at the start of the game, but I don’t know how many halves Eric The offense is half as good he Did it in the first half.I think a lot he Just thought, ‘I have to take a penalty for my team. ‘”
These buckets are part of Ayala Maryland scored 12 points.after disappearance his The first five shots in the first half of the game, the clicks in the second half were different because Ayala Gained confidence and started shooting early on the Maryland property.
“I think in the first half they forced me to take a couple of shots that I didn’t want to take… When I got into the half, I felt where I could easily shoot,” Ayala Say.
Davis went 0 for 5 at the start of the second half and didn’t make his first shot until more than 12 minutes into the game. Shortly after, the Badgers went 9-2 with a five-point lead to a 62-57 lead.
Maryland would get within three in the last minute and start sending the state of Wisconsin to the line to extend the game. Badgers guard Brad Davidson, who is shooting 87.5 percent from the free-throw line this season, made his first four points in the final minute of the game.
But missed a game with 3.9 seconds left Wisconsin Holdings With a one-point lead, Davidson deliberately missed his second shot. Donta Scott rebounds for Maryland, Ayala Scrambled to get away with a clean shot, but it didn’t come close. It marked the eighth consecutive meeting between these teams in the single digits.
“We’re going to play like we did after being 21 points behind and losing to one of the best teams in the country, and I think we’re close to the tipping point,” Manning Say