Maryland escapes in tight affair against Iowa

SONG SELECTION:

The Heavy, “Since You’ve Been Gone”

From the album, Hurt & The Merciless.  To be released April 1, 2016.

Maryland returned home five days after slowly digging out of the largest blizzard in the state’s history by barely getting past Iowa 74-68 on Thursday night.

The Terps held a slim 62-60 lead before freshman center Diamond Stone (and no, that is not a girl’s name in this blog) made a dunk off a pass from senior Jake Layman with 1:24 remaining on the clock.  Melo Trimble then forced a steal on the other end and a few seconds later, Jared Nickens converted on a  layup for a six-point lead.

Maryland (18-3, 7-2 Big Ten) iced the game by converting 8 free throws in the last 49 seconds.  Layman and Trimble scored 11 points each and Stone chipped in with nine.

Robert Carter Jr. and former Duke star Rasheed Sulaimon each had 17 points in helping halt Iowa’s nine game winning streak–one short of the team record.

The Terrapins went 9 for 27 from the field in the second half, missing all 10 of their attempts from long distance.  Iowa also did not fare that much better from deep, hitting only 5 of 24 attempts for the night (20.8 percent).

Iowa (16-4 overall, 7-1 in Big Ten play) suffered their first defeat since December 10.  The Hawkeyes were led by Peter Jok with 14 and Adam Woodbury pitched in a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 2:47 left to play.

As for the Big Ten leader in scoring averaging 18.9 points per game, their start player in Jarrod Uthoff missed all five of his shots during the first half and finished the game with nine points on an anemic 2-for-13 shooting clip.

Couple that with Cincinnati winning at Connecticut, the proverbial microscope is growing with each passing day.  My next “Under the Microscope” installment is going to surprise you with two teams that frequently hear their names called as number 1 seeds–but it appears these streaks will be ending here in 2016.

 

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