Maryland vs Delaware State. This was not a game that was even supposed to be close. The Terps entered the game at 9-1; the Hornets had a 1-6 record. And one of DSU's losses was to Syracuse by a score of 87-17. Ouch.
So when the DSU Hornets took a 1-point lead on the Terps with about 2-1/2 minutes left in the first half, the BCs (following the live stats online) were slapping ourselves upside the head, trying to figure out what was going on up there in Dover. Had the late night studying and the stress of exams made the Terps forget everything they knew about playing basketball?
Well, those final 2-1/2 minutes of the period answered our question with a resounding NO! As in, no, the Terps did not forget how to play. They closed out the first half on a 10-0 run; they opened the second half with a 20-2 run, at which point they had doubled up the Hornets (54-27); and they finished with a 30-point margin, 79-49. So despite the slightly bumpy beginning, this game turned into the one we had expected.
Four Terps finished in double figures: Alyssa Thomas led all scorers with 17, Lynetta Kizer was close behind with 16, Tianna Hawkins finished with 15, and Alicia DeVaughn added 13 points off the bench. And once again, the Terps outrebounded their opponent (40-25).
Having just concluded a 9-day break for exams, the Terps now face another 9-day layoff for the Christmas holiday. Next up, the Terrapin Classic on December 28 and 29. The Terps tip off against La Salle at noon on the 28th, with Liberty vs St. John's following in the second game of the double-header.
Go Terps . . . Beat the Explorers!