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Maryland Outlasts Leopards in 83-74 Win

Nov. 20, 2012

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  1 2 Final
Lafayette 30 44 74
Maryland 40 43 83

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 Stat Comparison Maryland LC
 Points 83 74
 FG Made-Attempted 29-56 26-66
 FG Percentage 51.8 39.4
 3P Made/Attempted 3-15 15-32
 3P Percentage 20.0 46.9
 FT Made-Attempted 22-32 7-7
 FT Percentage 68.8 100.0
 Rebounds 44 28
 Turnovers 12 7

 Individual Leaders
 Scoring Totals
 LC - Hinrichs 20
 Maryland - Len, Padgett 14
 LC - Giese  6
 Maryland - Faust, Len 8
 LC - Johnson 6
 Maryland - Howard 6
 LC - Johnson 4
 Maryland - Wells 2
 LC - Giese 3
 Maryland - Len, Mitchell, Wells 1

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Three-point shooting kept the Leopards in the game, but Maryland was too strong inside as the Terrapins defeated Lafayette, 83-74, on Tuesday evening at Comcast Center.

The difference was Maryland’s 16-2 stretch before and after halftime, coupled with a 44-28 rebounding advantage in the game. The Terps also finished with 50 points in the paint, compared to Lafayette’s 12. Alex Len led five Maryland (3-1) players in double figures with 16 points, while grabbing eight rebounds.

For the Leopards (1-3), Seth Hinrichs scored 20 points and Joey Ptasinski netted 14 as the duo combined for a 10-of-20 shooting night from downtown. Tony Johnson added 13 points to go along with six assists and Levi Giese scored 12. Giese also matched his career-high with three blocks for the third time in five games.

Trailing 9-5 after the first media timeout, Lafayette dropped into a 2-3 zone defensively and forced Maryland deep into the shot clock on consecutive possessions. Maryland grabbed an offensive rebound on the first, but was then stopped on back-to-back rejections by Giese. On the other end, Giese got a layup to fall, drawing the Leopards within two. 

James Padgett’s bucket plus a foul midway through the first half pushed Maryland’s advantage to 20-12, before Giese and Zach Rufer drilled threes for Lafayette to cut the deficit to 20-18. The Terps scored 18 of their first 20 points inside the paint. A pair of Len free throws preceded a long two by Ptasinski before Seth Allen hit Maryland’s first jumper, a three, at the seven minute mark. Len was 4-of-5 at the line, part of Maryland’s 22-of-32 effort from the stripe. Lafayette was perfect on its seven free throw attempts. 

Six straight points by Bryce Scott, a triple and a three-point play off a feed from Johnson in transition, cut the Maryland lead to 29-28 with 5:26 to play before halftime. The Terrapins ended the period with an 11-2 run to take a 40-30 edge into the intermission.

Len scored and was fouled on an alley-oop from Pe’Shon Howard and then Padgett (14 points) added a bucket to cap the 16-2 run and extend the score to 45-30. 

Eight straight points on three-pointers by Johnson and Hinrichs followed by a Johnson underhand layup forced Maryland to call timeout seven minutes into the second half, after the Leopards pulled within 11 points (54-43).

Lafayette cut it to single digits (58-49) on Hinrichs fourth three of the night with 10:19 showing, but Maryland stretched its margin back to 15 points over the next five minutes. Down 70-57 with four minutes left, Johnson found Ptasinski for three to draw the Leopards within 10, but Howard answered with a three for the Terps to regain the 13-point lead.

Hinrichs drained his sixth trey (73-63) with two minutes left and then Lafayette got a steal and a runner by Giese to make it eight points. Four straight by Maryland on layups put it back to 11 before Ptasinski nailed another from  beyond the arc and Lafayette was down nine (77-68) with a minute to go. Maryland made its free throws in the final minute and came away with the 83-74 victory. 

Game Notes:

Hinrichs’ six threes set a new career-high for the sophomore

Lafayette knocked down 15 threes for the second straight game

The Leopards committed fewer turnovers (7) than their opponent (12) for the first time this season

Nathaniel Musters made his first collegiate start and blocked two shots in 16 minutes

Dan Trist missed his third straight game with a left ankle injury and remains out indefinitely