Maryland Men's Basketball suffer their first defeat, lose to Penn State 76-69

Andy Kwong

Another slow start happened yet again for the Maryland Terrapins (10-1) but there was no come from behind victory this time as they fell to the Penn State Nittany Lions (8-2) 76-69 Tuesday at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Penn State began the first half firing on all cylinders. Sophomore guard Myles Dread converted all four of his shots, including two 3-pointers, to lead the team with 10 points by halftime. Unfortunately that was all the points he scored for the rest of the night.

Two of Penn State's seniors in Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins tied for the team lead with 15 points. They combined for 21 rebounds and six blocks as they continue to be one of the best duos in college basketball.

Maryland had the lead at some point in the game. They led 10-9 after Eric Ayala's layup at 16:41 in the first half. After Penn State's Izaiah Brockington made a layup at 15:41 to retake a 11-10 lead, the Terrapins trailed the rest of the game.

The Nittany Lions made 46.2 percent from the field, compared to the Terrapins' 36.7 percent in the first half. Maryland turned the ball over 20 times as Penn State had better ball security with only eight turnovers. 

Anthony Cowan Jr led the Terrapins with 16 points but struggled for most of the night. After going 3-of-7 of his shots in the first half, he went 2-of-10 the rest of the game. Cowan is the facilitator, captain, and the player the team would look to for points. If he struggles, the entire team will follow. 

Despite Maryland out rebounding their opponent 48-33, Penn State was making fewer mistakes and played a lot faster than the Terrapins. 

Maryland will need to correct their mistakes and rebound from this loss. Next week, they will face No. 22 Seton Hall at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Thursday December 19th.