No. 7 Maryland Men's Basketball defeats Rhode Island 73-55

Andy Kwong

The Maryland Terrapins kept the game close with the Rhode Island Rams, leading only 35-32 going into the half. It seemed that the game would come down to the wire, but the Terps eventually pulled away with the lead. 

Four of Maryland's starters performed at a high level. Their win was highlighted by the outstanding performance of sophomore forward Jalen Smith. He finished the night with a double-double, scoring 19 points and making 11 rebounds. He was particularly good at the foul line, making all four of his free throw attempts. Don't forget about sophomore guard Aaron Wiggins, who used all his 6-foot-6 200-pound body to get 13 rebounds to go along with his 13 points. Senior guard Anthony Cowan Jr and sophomore guard Eric Ayala combined for 27 points, six rebounds, and seven assists. 

After having a good start last week, junior guard Darryl Morsell was limited to only four points despite playing for 30 minutes. Even then, the Terps' starters shut down the Rams' starting five. Foward Cyril Langevine collected 17 rebounds, which ultimately kept the Rams in the game in the first half. Him and their best guard Fatts Russell combined for only 11 points. When their best playmakers are ineffective in the score board, that is when the Rams get in trouble. Their lack of depth and struggles in the second half allowed the Terrapins to break away with the lead. 

The Terrapins improve their record to 2-0 on the season defeating the Holy Cross Crusaders and Rhode Island Rams by a big margin. They will host the Oakland Golden Grizzlies next Saturday at 12pm EST.