Terps improve to 3-1; The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The University of Maryland improved to 3-1 on the 2012-13 season, with a 83-74 win over Lafayette. Playing a Leopards team that recently lost by 52 points at Kentucky, it was frustrating that the Terrapins were not able to run away and hide from Lafayette. Several times the Terps appeared to be on the verge of running Lafayette out of the building; only to allow the Leopards to work their way back to within possible striking distance.

The positives of tonight were that Maryland continued to use their size advantage inside, to control the scoring within the paint, and the offensive boards. The primary negative was the perimeter defense which allowed Lafayette to shoot 46.9% (15 of 32) from 3 point land.

The Good:

1) Len swatted away Lafayette’s first shot attempt, doing a good job to keep the ball in play. He followed Faust’s early miss, getting to the foul line. Showing his strength, Len got a shot-up, and got to the line with 8:20 left in the 1st. The 2nd half started with Len throwing down an alley-oop and converted at the line. He quickly added another slam, and we liked seeing MD attempt to get him involved as the 2nd half began. On a scramble situation, Len went low to get the ball, and would find Padgett for basket inside. Len made it a 13 point game, tapping in Wells miss. Len had 14 points, 7 boards, and a block.

2) Faust found Padgett on a dribble drive for a slam, extending the early lead to 3-0. Faust followed Wells’ missed slam, with an emphatic flush, and a 7-2 MD lead. At 25-22, Faust passed up on a 3, and drove hard to the rim for the score. He confidently hit 2 FT’s with a minute left in the half. Passing up another 3, Faust scored his first basket of the 2nd half again going to the rim. Maryland went up 60-49, against scoring in transition. The lead went back to 15, when Faust knocked down 2 more FT’s. Faust had 13 points, 8 boards, and 2 assists.

3) Wells pushed the action on a steal, getting out in transition and scoring in a layup for a 5-0 lead. Early in the 2nd half, Wells got his 2nd assist of the game, as he drove the lane. Great follow on a Len miss in the 2nd half. He came right back down the court to score again. After Lafayette closed within 8, with 2 minutes left; Wells scored inside. Wells had 13 points, 7 boards, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

4) Maryland went up 9-5, with Padgett scoring his 2nd bucket inside. Right around the 10 minute mark, Padgett scored again, and converted at the line for a 3 point play. Continuing to work inside, Padgett had another slam late in the 1st. Padgett had 14 points, and 4 boards.

5) Layman gave Maryland an extended possession, coming up with an Aronhalt miss. Layman had a couple of good defensive series late in the 1st, using his length to disrupt shots. At the 15 minute mark of the 2nd half, Layman stole the ball on the bounds. 4 boards, 2 assists, and a steal for the Freshman.

6) Coming off his 19 point game vs. LIU, Allen quickly got on the board tonight, hitting his first shot attempt. He hit a pure looking 3 for a 25-20 MD lead. With the Terps leading 70-55, Allen added a block. Allen finished with 6 points.

7) Using glass, Mitchell got on the board, coming hard down the land and hitting a short shot. Strong offensive board for Mitchell, with the Terps up 13-10. He was fouled, and earned a trip to the line. After missing both of his FT’s, he came back to hit a short baby hook. Nice box out for a defensive board at 29-22. Another offensive board and follow, gave the Terps a 31-28 lead. Mitchell pushed the lead to 19 (54-35) with a basket inside. Nice interior pass from Mitchell to Len. Mitchell had 12 points, and 5 boards.

8) The Terps took a 17-10 early lead, on Cleare’s first made basket. The next time down the court, he got good position, but missed. What I liked was that he aggressively went after the miss. Cleare cleared out everyone, following his own miss, and getting to the line with MD up 33-30. Cleare had 3 points, and 4 boards.

9) As one would expect, Maryland dominated the scoring in the paint. (50-10.)

10) It took awhile for Maryland to make adjustments, but the move to extend the defense worked well when the change was made.

11) Maryland had 13 offensive boards in the 1st half, and 19 for the game.

12) Nice look from Howard to Len to start the 2nd half.  Howard finished with 6 assists. He knocked down an open 3, with 3 minutes left in the game. Howard delivered a perfect 3/4 court pass to Len late.

The Bad:

1) After Maryland won the opening tap, Wells forced a quick 3. With MD up 5-2, Wells missed a dunk attempt for a 2nd time this season. Wells had 4 turnovers.

2) Faust’s first shot attempt was a missed 3, coming off Wells’ opening miss. The Leopards pulled within 2 at 7-5, when Faust did not get out on a Giese 3 pointer.

3) At 9-5 Maryland, Aronhalt had a clear look from 3 which was missed.

4) Cleare had his 1st shot attempt blocked underneath the rim. Set up inside for rebounding, Cleare was not ready for a Layman pass that hit him in the hands. Like Mitchell, Cleare also missed his first 2 FT’s.

5) Mitchell missed both of his initial FT attempts.

6) Howard had an ugly missed 3 at the 9 minute mark of the 1st half.

7) Maryland’s offense looked uncomfortable against the Lafayette zone, missing all 6 of their first 3 point shots. Too much standing around on the perimeter. Maryland finished 3 of 15 from outside.

8) The Terps had pulled ahead 29-22, when they allowed an open 3, followed by a made layup and an Allen foul.

9) Allen had 3 foul shot attempts as the 1st half was ending, but hit just 1 of those shots.

10) Lafayette had a higher shooting percentage (43 to 42) than MD in the 1st half.

11) After ripping down a board at 49-35, Padgett threw it away.

12) Len had his shot blocked in the 2nd half, when he went up a bit soft.

13) Maryland was 22 of 32 from the FT line.

The Ugly:

1) At the 9 minute mark of the 1st half, Lafayette pulled within 2 at 20-18, with the Leopards hitting their 5th 3 point shot. Maryland players and Coaching staff were slow to  adjust.

2) A made basket by Mitchell at the 14:50 mark of the 2nd half, made it a 19 point game (54-35). That was followed by an 8-0 Lafayette run over the next two minutes, leading to wholesale player changes as Turgeon was not pleased with the defensive effort.
2a) Lafayette pulled back within 8, with 2 minutes left in the game.

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