The Maryland Terrapins struggled Sunday against George Mason but the Terps did not miss a beat as they handily won their seventh straight game, defeating the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks, 100-68, in a night where the Terps dominated all aspects of the game.
Every single eligible player for the Terrapins ended up getting playing time, with 12 of the 14 players scoring. Six players scored in double digits, with redshirt senior guard Logan Aronhalt leading the team with 17 points, scoring five of his seven three-point attempts.
I think Logan's probably the best shooter in the country if you leave him open, freshman forward Charles Mitchell said. When a team plays zone on us, we know he's going to shoot him out of the zone. We are always excited to see him shoot the ball.
Logan can really shoot, freshman guard Seth Allen said. When he gets going, it's a spark. When he hits a three, it goes to the defensive side and everybody starts locking up. When he gets a good look, we know it's going in.
Freshman forward Shaquille Cleare added 12 points and Mitchell had another double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Nick Faust added 10 points and dished seven assists.
Nick is trying so hard to do what I am asking, that's what I appreciate about Nick, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. Nick isn't caught up in winning just doing what I am telling him to. He dribbles too much at times, but tonight he was able to finish the play. He had seven assists and only one turnover, which is tremendous. He hit four shots and ten points. He is really starting to get comfortable.
The University of Maryland and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore are separated by less than 150 miles, but the two schools have only met 16 times, with Maryland winning all 16 match-ups. The last time the two teams met was on Jan. 6, 2004 when the Terrapins blew out the Hawks, 87-38, at home.
Turgeon decided to start a new lineup that saw three freshmen starting for the Terps. Seth Allen ran the point while Jake Layman and Cleare joined Dez Wells and James Padgett on the court for the opening tip. The Terps jumped out to a 16-6 lead in the first five minutes and would not take their feet off the pedal, coasting to a 49-28 lead at halftime with Faust hitting a three-point shot at the buzzer.
I did it because I want everyone to know what it feels like to start in a game, Turgeon said after the game. I have never done that before, but I have never had a team like this--that likes each other as much as they do and are as deep as this team is. There are no bruised egos because of who we started. We will have a different lineup on Saturday as well.
"It felt good to come out, you can really set the tone, Allen said on starting. I felt like we played well to start it. Overall, it was just a good experience."
"It doesn't matter because our team is all there for each other, Mitchell added. We all love each other. We're all one family. It doesn't matter who starts, we always give maximum effort when we're on the floor. It's great to see those guys out there, but at the same time we all know what we need to do when we're out there on the floor."
The Terps would continue to dominate in the second half with Aronhalt shooting two straight three-pointers to give the Terps a 60-33 lead three minutes into the second half. Steady shooting from all their players helped the Terps cruise to a 100-point offensive showing, their first since of the season.
The Terps would dominate the inside game, outscoring the Hawks 52-18 inside the paint while out-rebounding them 43-34. Maryland's bench also dominated Maryland Eastern Shore's, outscoring them 55-7. Maryland also had 27 assists, with Allen and Faust combining for 15 of them.
With the win, the Terrapins rise to 7-1 on the season. The UMES Hawks continue their disappointing season start, falling to 0-8, the worst record in Division I college basketball. The Maryland Terrapins will continue their string of games at home with a date with South Carolina State on Saturday at 2 p.m.