Story By: Andrew Lang
Photos By: Sol Tucker
College Park, MD–
There is something to be said about playing at home and the Terps know all about it. Tonight marked their 16th straight victory at the Xfinity Center as the knocked off Alcorn State, 105-65.
Four players finished with multiple 3-pointers. Two freshmen, small forward Jamie Kaiser Jr. and shooting guard DeShawn Harris-Smith, led the way with three each, while senior point guard Jahari Long, sophomore shooting guard Noah Batchelor and freshman shooting guard Jahnathan Lamothe, a Baltimore resident and St. Frances graduate, each made a pair.
The big difference in this game tonight was the 14 made three pointers by the Terps. They shot 47% (14-of-30), also a season high. It’s the most three-pointers made since hitting 14-of-22 against Northwestern last year on Feb. 26, 2023.
The 40-point margin of victory marked the highest since a 100-58 win over Wingate on Jan. 15, 2021.
“Being at home we’ve been able to get into a rhythm, we’ve been able to put a lot of work in [and] we’ve been able to have some time off. We put a lot of individual work in over the last two weeks. So being at home and getting into a rhythm, I knew it was only a matter of time until we’d start shooting the ball better.”
Alcorn State stayed in the game in the early going of first half, taking a 7-4 lead within the first four minutes. Even after Maryland scored seven straight points to assume an 11-7 lead, the Braves tied the score at 11 and trailed 17-14 about midway through the first half. This was about as close as the game would be for the remainder.
Senior point guard Byron Joshua led the Braves with 14 points and four rebounds. Dekedran Thorn tallied 13 points, four rebounds and two steals, and Byard contributed 11 points and five rebounds. But Alcorn State (1-9) dropped its eighth game in a row.