Experience helped stave off upset
Just out of curiosity, how many of you had visions of the Morgan State game last season dancing in your head at any point during the second half Saturday during Maryland’s matchup against Eastern Kentucky? Or maybe you thought back even further to two seasons ago, when Maryland dropped three straight December home games to Boston College, Ohio and American?
Regardless, the Terrapins got it together in time Saturday to pull away late for an 11-point win over Eastern Kentucky. Coach Gary Williams and several players said experience played a significant role in the team not allowing the win to slip away, as it did in similar situations in seasons past. But that didn’t keep the Colonels from putting at least a temporary scare into the home squad.
“It wasn't pretty,” Gary Williams said. “We had some layups that we should have made there that kind of let them hang around. We missed a free throw rebound down there where they got a score after we didn't get a rebound. When those things happen, when you miss a layup that you make nine times out of 10 you really worry, you know, because you're giving them chances to hang in there, and you don't want to give a team like that chances because they could hit two threes in two possessions and that's a six-point swing.”
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