Junior guard Darryl Morsell leads No. 5 Maryland Men's Basketball to a win over Harvard, 80-73
The Terrapins (7-0) struggled to hit their shots early in the game. Maryland shot just 33.3 percent from the field, 10 percent from behind the arc, and 58.8 percent from the free-throw line going into the half.
Harvard (5-3) did a great job defending Maryland's top playmakers. Anthony Cowan made only 1-of-4 of his shots in the first half while Aaron Wiggins was 1-of-7. The Crimson defense clearly made the Terrapins frustrated, as they began the game with a 9-0 lead.
The Crimson were led by senior guard Bryce Aiken, who had some Stephen Curry moments in the game. His aggressiveness on the field and fearlessness to take the deep shots added up to an impressive 30-point showing.
Crimson forward Chris Lewis and Terrapins' Jalen Smith battled hard on the court today, with their defensive effort forcing both to miss the easy shots. Lewis was flagged for a flagrant foul on Smith in the first half, but his actions were unintentional. Smith was not seriously hurt and remained in the game.
Harvard looked like the better team entering halftime with a 35-31 lead. Though the Crimson's tough defensive performance carried into the second half, the Terrapins found a way to overcome their slow start yet again.
After Eric Ayala's three-point jumper assisted by Jalen Smith to take a 61-58 lead with 6:41 remaining in the game, the Terrapins did not relinquish their lead again. After Cowan's slow start, he heated up quickly coming out of the break. He converted 4-of-8 of his shots from the field in the second half, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc. The Terrapins leaned on him to help propel them to the victory.
Junior guard Darryl Morsell should be given a lot of credit in their hard-earned win. He was the most consistent player for the Terrapins all game, showing hustle and being the most physical player on the court today. His over aggressiveness at times led to some easy scores to players like Noah Kirkwood but Morsell's confidence in his shots never wavered. He scored 13 points in the game and led the team with 12 rebounds.
The Terrapins went on a 13-4 run to take a 71-62 lead with 2:21 remaining in the game. They went on to win 80-73 in arguably their toughest game of the season so far. Though the slow starts in games may be frustrating for Mark Turgeon, halftime adjustments have proven to do good things for his team.
Maryland extend their win streak to seven as they advance to the Championship finals of the Orlando Invitational. They will face the winner of the USC and Marquette game this Sunday.