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Turnovers key early Maryland lead

It might be hard to believe considering Miami trailed by 17 at halftime Tuesday night, but the Hurricanes shot 50.0 percent from the field in the first half. Their issue was that Maryland's defensive pressure kept forcing them into committing turnovers, which prevented them from taking enough shots to keep up with the Terrapins.

Miami took 16 shot attempts in the first half. Maryland shot 17 for 35 from the field before the intermission. That's right, the Terrapins made more baskets than the Hurricanes even attempted. Not a bad way to build an early double-digit lead, eh?

Maryland turned 14 Miami turnovers into 16 points before the break.

"We're really focussed on defense," Coach Gary Williams said. "We're trying to really believe that our defense is what's responsible for our ability to run our offense and get some good shots, because I think our aggressiveness on the defensive end of the court filters into the offensive part of the game. So hopefully we can continue to play good defense. That's what we're trying to do."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 27, 2010; 8:09 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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