The Maryland Terrapins kicked off the new season with a comfortable 80-56 victory over Mt. Saint Mary’s.
Melo Trimble is as good as advertised
If there’s such a thing as a sophomore slump in college basketball, Melo Trimble will have no part it. From the get go, Trimble came out attacking the rim and putting pressure on the defense. The pre-season all-american looks much quicker and shiftier than last season– a true testament to just how much difference a year can make. Trimble had a minor back injury scare, but he appears to be just fine.
The supporting cast came to play
Jake Layman led all scorers with 16 points while the front court of Diamond Stone and Robert Carter had 20 points and 16 rebounds between them. The ‘Terps also got 26 points from the bench players. One things that makes Maryland dangerous is the sheer number of guys who can produce, and if most come to play, the team will be a tough out.
Turnovers are still an issue
Teams usually come out a bit nervous and jittery in the first game, but turnover seems to be a consistent problem for the ‘Terps, dating back to exhibitions. The team had 14 of them tonight, while Mt. Saint Mary’s only had 7. That is inexcusable given the fact that Maryland is the physically superior team. Maryland’s players are still getting used to one another so some mistakes are bound to happen, but the mistakes must be corrected before the meat of their schedule come up.
3-point Defense must improve
While Mt. Saint Mary’s only shot 30.3% from deep, they were able to make a run near the end of the half because they got hot, in part because they got open looks. Maryland got away with it tonight, but likely won’t do so against stiffer competitio. Still, the ‘Terps should improve in this area as time goes on.
Maryland’s next game is against Georgetown on Tuesday at 9:00 P.M. on ESPN2.