Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
Just as the Terps have done in quite a few games this season, they took the early lead, only to let their opponents creep back in the second half and make for a close game or even have the Terps on the ropes right up until the last seconds tick off the clock, today was a bit of both in a 74-68 victory over Penn State.
The Terps were led by Hakim Hart’s season high 23 points. Julian Reese had 11 points for the game and blocked three shots and Donta Scott pulled down 10 rebounds to go with his nine points.
Penn State erased an early 11-point deficit to take a brief lead in the second half, but the Terrapins used a 16-5 run in a late seven-minute stretch to pull away.
After the game Penn State Head Coach had a lot to say about the talk about where his team is going and the effort letting the Terps take the game from them late.
“Everybody can leave us for dead right now,” Micah Shrewsberry told reporters after the game. “That’s cool with me. I’m not. I believe in those guys. I believe in how they play. I believe in our staff and their ability to motivate us and get us ready.”
The Terps improved to 13-1 at home, with their lone loss coming Dec. 14 to No. 16 UCLA. For the first time in program history Maryland (17-8, 8-6) has won 10 straight conference home games.
“I told you guys a couple weeks ago; I have a lot of confidence in these guys, and they will continue to fight each game, this one today is a great example of that,” said Terps Head Coach Kevin Willard.