College Park, Md. — If there’s been one discernable flaw about the play of No. 7 Maryland this season, it’s that the Terrapins have been slow to take charge against lesser opponents.
Such was the case again Saturday, although part of the problem was the deliberate pace set by Oakland.
Once Maryland got rolling, however, the outcome was never in doubt. Combining a balanced attack with a strong defensive effort, the Terrapins breezed to an 80-50 victory.
After opening with lopsided victories at home against Holy Cross and Rhode Island, Maryland is off a 3-0 start for the sixth year in a row. The Terps are 33-6 at home over the past two-plus seasons.
Despite the solid start, coach Mark Turgeon knows his team can play better — especially at the outset. In this one, the Golden Grizzlies broke to an early 16-12 lead and trailed only 24-22 late in the first half.
“They wanted to play a slow game,” Turgeon said. “We figured out how to get the game going a little faster.”
Still, Turgeon can’t help but notice a trend in Maryland’s games thus far.
“Another slow start for us. Am I concerned? Yes and no,” he said. “Sometimes when you’ve got the No. 7 in front of your name and you haven’t earned it, you think you’re supposed to beat everybody by 25 in each half. That’s not the case in college basketball.”
Turgeon went deep in his roster against Oakland of the Horizon League. Fifteen players participated, nine for at least 10 minutes, and 13 scored.
Darryl Morsell scored 14; Anthony Cowan Jr. contributed 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds; Aaron Wiggins scored 10 and Jalen Smith added eight points and seven rebounds.
Xavier Hill-Mais led Oakland (3-2) with 18 points. The Golden Grizzlies shot 36.5%, were outrebounded 40-30 and went 6-for-15 at the foul line.
“With two minutes to go in the first half it’s a two-point game we’re at the free throw line and we have completely controlled tempo,” coach Greg Kampe said.
And then, just like that, Maryland finished with an 11-0 run — including a dunk by Smith and a 3-pointer by Wiggins at the buzzer — for a 35-22 halftime lead.
“The floodgates opened,” Kampe said. “We had kept it slow because we can’t run with them with their size and speed. Nobody in the country probably can.”
The second half more of the same. Layups by Smith and Morsell made it a 17-point cushion, and minutes later Morsell contributed a pair of 3-pointers to a 12-3 run that made it 56-31 with 12:28 left.
The key was that 11-0 run, the product of concerted effort by Maryland to get out and move.
“The game was slow and that was the pace they wanted it to be played at. And we weren’t rebounding,” Morsell said. “And at the end of the half, we started to get stops, started to get rebounds and pushed the ball up court.”
More state men
(At) Central Michigan 84, Sam Houston State 77: Kevin McKay and David DiLeo each had 17 points to lead Central Michigan (3-0).
Travon Broadway added 12 points and seven rebounds and Dallas Morgan scored 12.
Xavier Bryant had 16 points, five assists and five steals, while Demarkus Lampley and Kai Mitchell scored 12 apiece for Sam Houston State (1-2).
Eastern Michigan 56, (at) North Texas 51: Ty Groce posted 15 points and Yeikson Montero had 14 points for Eastern Michigan (4-0), which earned its fourth straight win to start the season.
Umoja Gibson had 11 points and Deng Geu added 11 points and 11 rebounds for North Texas (1-3).
Wayne State 67, (at) Lewis 66: Karim Murray scored 20, James Gordon IV 16, Brailen Neely 14 and Antonio Marshall 11 for Wayne State (2-1).
More state men scores
Davenport 88, Truman 66
Ferris State 89, Findlay 78
Northern Michigan 72, Southwest Minnesota State 63
Adrian 87, Manchester 50
Albion 75, Capital 70
Anderson (Ind.) 65, Kalamazoo 63
Augustana (Ill.) 70, Calvin 67
Olivet 95, Spalding 75
Illinois Wesleyan 95, Alma 76
No. 24 Michigan 80, (at) Akron 71: Naz Hillman scored 28 points and Michigan rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Akron in the Akron Classic.
The Wolverines trailed 58-55 heading into the fourth quarter but scored 12 straight points and turned that into a 17-2 run to lead 74-63 with 2:49 to play.
Michigan (4-0) made 8 of 11 free throws in the fourth and Hailey Brown hit the Wolverines’ only two 3-pointers of the game.
Haliegh Reinoehl led a balanced attack for Akron (2-1) with 14 points. Shayna Harmon and Jordyn Dawson had 13 points apiece. Rachel Martindale went 4 of 6 behind the arc for 12 points.
Michigan led 25-12 after one quarter but the Zips closed within 41-34 at the half. Michigan had an 8-1 run in the third quarter but the Zips closed on a 10-0 run.
The Wolverines shot 60% for the game (28 of 47) despite going 2 of 10 from distance. They also made 22 of 25 free throws. Akron, which shot 46% and was just 4 of 6 from the line, made 11 3-pointers.
(At) George Mason 75, Detroit Mercy 62: Nicole Johanson recorded a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Sylare Starks and Maxine Moore each scored 12 for Detroit Mercy (0-4), which led 33-30 at halftime but couldn't recover after being outscored 27-12 in the third quarter.
Oakland 98, (at) Chicago State 70: Jalisha Terry scored 21 points, Sydney Gouard 15, Autumn Kissman 14, Brianna Breedy 13 and Alona Blackwell 12 in a balanced effort for Oakland (2-1).
(At) Youngstown State 79, Eastern Michigan 77: Jenna Annecchiarico scored 19 points, Aaliyah Stanley added 16 and Corrione Cardwell 10 for Eastern Michigan (1-2), which led by 17 after the first quarter. Youngstown State (2-2) outscored the Eagles 29-13 in the third and made two free throws in the final seconds to win it.
More state women scores
Hillsdale 80, (at) Lake Superior State 51
Lewis 72, (at) Northwood 64
(At) Minnesota-Duluth 45, Northern Michigan 32
(At) Minnesota State Moorehead 76, Michigan Tech 50
Saginaw Valley State 84, Ursuline 75
Albion 75, Marietta 67
Augustana 70, Calvin 67
Bluffton 62, (at) Olivet 59
Brooklyn 60, Adrian 54
Finlandia 77, Saint Mary's (Ind.) 69
(At) Hope 80, Hanover 30
Kalamazoo 57, MacMurray 55
(At) Wheaton (Ill.) 72, Alma 61
Top 25 men
(At) No. 9 Virginia 60, Columbia 42: Mamadi Diakite and Jay Huff scored 13 points each for Virginia.
Kihei Clark added 10 points for the Cavaliers (3-0), who led 31-17 at halftime and substituted liberally throughout the second half. Walk-on Chase Coleman and redshirt freshman Francisco Caffaro each scored the first points of their college careers late in the game.
Mike Smith scored 16 points to lead the Lions (1-3), whose point total was the highest Virginia has allowed this season. The Lions finished 16 of 56 from the field (28.6 %) and were 4-for-11 from 3-point territory.
(At) No. 10 Villanova 78, Ohio 54: Saddiq Bey scored 19 points and Justin Moore added 18 to lead Villanova.
Villanova (2-1) broke the game open with a 27-4 run in the final 6:36 of the half, turning a one-point deficit into a 43-21 lead. Bey and Moore combined for 9-for-12 shooting and 4 of 6 from beyond the 3-point line for 26 points.
The Wildcats finished 14 of 31 from long range. Ohio shot 3 of 20, with its first conversion from Ben Vander Plas three minutes into the second half.
Vander Plas led the Bobcats (3-1) with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jason Preston added 16 points and eight assists.
(At) No. 13 Memphis 102, Alcorn State 56: Lester Quinones had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Precious Achiuwa added 20 points, sending Memphis to a romp over Alcorn State.
Top recruit James Wiseman was sidelined because of eligibility issues, but Memphis hardly missed him in bouncing back from its first defeat of the season, an 82-74 loss to Oregon on Tuesday night.
DJ Jeffries finished with 15 points and Tyler Harris and Lance Thomas added 11 each for Memphis (3-1). Isaiah Attles led Alcorn State (1-3) with 13 points while Troymain Crosby had 10.
Tennessee 75, No. 20 Washington 62: Jordan Bowden scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half, Lamonte Turner had 16 points and Tennessee upset Washington.
Yves Pons scored 15 points, John Fulkerson had 14 and Turner added seven rebounds and eight assists as the Volunteers improved to 3-0 and handed Washington its first loss in three games this season.
The game was the middle feature in the James Naismith Hall of Fame Classic, an NCAA triple header at Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto, home of the defending NBA-champion Raptors.
Nahziah Carter had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Isaiah Stewart had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Jaden McDaniels scored 15 for the Huskies.
(At) No. 23 LSU 75, Nicholls State 65: Darius Days had a career-high 17 points and 11 rebounds to help LSU beat Nicholls State.
Emmitt Williams added 11 points and a season-best 12 boards for the Tigers (2-1).
Dexter McClanahan was the top scorer for the Colonels (2-2) with 20 points. D’Angelo Hunter had 15 points for Nicholls State.
The Tigers took control of the game by scoring ten consecutive points in the second half to break a 48-48 tie. Days had two field goals in this stretch. The Colonels came no closer than five points the rest of the game.
(At) No. 25 Colorado 71, San Diego 53: D’Shawn Schwartz scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, helping Colorado run past scrappy San Diego for coach Tad Boyle’s 10th winner in 10 home openers.
Tyler Bey added 14 points and two impressive blocked shots on Braun Hartfield, one a thunderous rejection and the other a swipe and steal that was equally athletic.
Lucas Siewert and McKinley Wight IV each chipped in 11 points for the Buffaloes (2-0), who avenged losses to the Toreros (2-3) in each of the last seasons.