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Maryland men’s basketball drops Delaware State


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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Seth Allen shoots a layup against Delaware State.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Seth Allen shoots a layup against Delaware State.

Published on: Wednesday, January 09, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

Maryland completely dismantled the Delaware State Hornets — 79-50 — at home on Dec. 29.

The Terps strong defensive efforts thwarted any chance of a Hornets’ comeback in the second half, and Maryland’s bench outscored the Hornets by 37 points.

Maryland also limited Friendly High School graduate and Delaware State point guard Albert Thomas to only two points and two assists. Albert had an impressive high school hoops career — averaging 23 points, six rebounds and six assists per game during his senior season for the Patriots.

“I was pleased. I thought we played really well. I thought we executed really well,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. “The only thing we didn’t do well was rebound, so that was a little bit disappointing. Give (Delaware State) some credit — they were a little bit tougher than us rebounding wise. Our freshmen and the bench were great. Guys have been practicing well and it showed.”

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Friendly High School graduate and Delaware State point guard Albert Thomas returns to the local area, but he did not enjoy his homecoming. He was held in check to two points offensively.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Friendly High School graduate and Delaware State point guard Albert Thomas returns to the local area, but he did not enjoy his homecoming. He was held in check to two points offensively.

Delaware State could not create a spark offensively or manage to establish fluidity on the attack. And, freshman forward Charles Mitchell capitalized on that. Mitchell was nearly unstoppable in the post and led the Terps in scoring with 19 points. He also had a double-double, with 14 rebounds, that led Maryland to its 11th win of the season. Mitchell showed some good moves down low, and he made some touch shots down the stretch.

“I wish I could take credit, but he was a good player coming out of high school,” Turgeon said. “Charles has a left and right hand down there, which is a big adjustment to this level scoring down there compared to high school. I think it is more or less that he hasn’t had the opportunities, and tonight you saw him. He is still rushing shots, but he can score there.”

Delaware State held a one-point lead within the ninth minute of the first half, but, despite having 12 second-chance opportunities to score, they never regained the advantage. The Hornets dropped their eighth game of the season, and the schedule will not get any easier moving forward.

“We are getting better every day,” said Maryland sophomore guard/forward Dez Wells. “Some days we come out flat, and some days we come out ready to play. Coach is going to stay on us, and we responded really well and had some great practices after play. And, I think some of our best play is ahead of us.”

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