Terps Survive Monmouth Scare, 61-56. I Miss Wells Already.

Sports and Bets — November 29, 2014 at 9:44 am by

Monmouth, New jersey is a lovely place.  It’s on the Jersey Shore, there’s plenty of good restaurants, and there’s a lovely Horse Track there that hosted the Breeder’s Cup back in 2007.  And all that’s great, but I sure as hell didn’t want their little college coming down to College Park and giving the Terps fits in a men’s basketball game.  But that’s what happened. Maryland almost screwed up big time, babes.  Coming off of their big CBE Tournamnet win, and missing ailing star Dez Wells, the Terps struggled at home with a pesky Monmouth club.  Dez will miss four weeks with a broken wrist, and it’s obvious that the Terps have some major adjusting to do in his absence.  Losing a leading scorer to injury would be an issue for any basketball team, but Wells means so much more than just points to this Maryland squad.  Maryland would never have only held a one point lead with under a minute to go with Wells playing against Monmouth, even if Wells had played his worst game ever.  The Terps missed the mere threat of him being on the floor and they missed his leadership skills.

It wasn’t a dogfight from the beginning.   Maryland led by as much as 16 in the first half and this game had the look of a laugher.  But Monmouth came out firing in the second frame and the Terps went cold on offense.  There was a lot of standing around and a lot of non-motion for what is supposed to be a motion offense.  The Terps shot just 38% form the field seemed lethargic.  If it hadn’t been for Melo Trimble and his 24 points, the Terps would have lost this ballgame.

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But they didn’t and Trimble was spectacular, shooting 50% from the field and hitting 13-14 foul shots, including eight straight with under a minute left in the game.  The kid has the clutch gene and those genetics were needed last night.

The Wells injury sucks. Maryland faces serious competition in Virginia and Oklahoma State over the next month.  But the rest of the games are winnable, and Wells will be back for conference play.  In the meantime, Maryland needs to figure themselves and their new rotation out.  Someone else besides Trimble and Jake Layman needs to step up.

Game Notes

Steady Layman had 14 points and logged 4 boards.

Evan Smotrycz came back from his own injury last night and had four points and six rebounds.  It will be interesting to see how he fits in the rotation, especially with Wells hurt.

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Richaud Pack is really struggling from the floor.  He went 0-4 last night. His minutes will dwindle if he can’t score even a little.  Intangibles and hustle are great, but ya gotta put the pill in the goal.

Jared Nickens had eight off the bench.  Run and gun with this kid, babes.

Next, Maryland face VMI on Sunday night.  Let’s get it together Terps.

 

cover: testudotimes

stats: espn

 

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