Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
Coming in tonight’s match-up against Illinois, the Terps had been making quite a bit of noise in the Top 25 rankings and after the solid 71-66 victory over Illinois tonight in College Park, the Terps should rise right up the rankings after improving to 8-0.
Jahmir Young became the stud of the night on campus after scoring 24 points, including a crucial 3-pointer with 14.3 seconds remaining that helped No. 22 Maryland stay undefeated.
“Jahmir has become an instant leader on this team. Every day he works extra hard to make a difference in this locker room and tonight was a perfect example of what he has been putting together so far this season,” said Terps Head Coach Kevin Willard.
The game was a lot closer in the final minutes then it was the in the final box score. The Terrapins (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) led 67-66 and had the ball, with about a 12-second difference between the shot clock and the game clock. That’s when Young connected from near the top of the key to push the lead to four. This would be all the Terps needed to win their biggest game of the season so far.
The Illini went on a 9-0 run after Maryland led 55-45, and the game was tied a couple times down the stretch, but a couple key turnovers by the Illini gave the Terps some breathing room late in the second half.
Terrence Shannon Jr. led Illinois with 19 points.
The Terps play at Wisconsin on Tuesday night.
Here is a look at the Big Ten Standings after tonight’s game