COLLEGE PARK -- Just before final exams against another mid-major opponent, Maryland looked like it might have been revisited on Saturday by some of the early season struggles it has encountered in the past.
But thanks to a major offensive push coming out of halftime, Maryland got up on Maryland-Eastern Shore and drove comfortably to 77-56 victory on Saturday afternoon in College Park.
Sophomore guard Melo Trimble led the way with 18 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor and did not miss a shot until the second half, while Diamond Stone and Jared Nickens joined him in double figures with 12 apiece.
Here are five things you need to know.
1) Sleepy start
Maryland did not put itself in a hole early, which it had a tendency to do earlier in the season against mid-major opponents. Saturday was just a sleepy start, with low energy on the defensive end and the inability to break a zone defense on the other.
That continues to be a perplexing point for Maryland. The way this team is constructed (and the way it has shot in certain games) zones should be the last option for an opponent.
2) Under-8 spark
Coming out of the under-eight timeout of the first half, Maryland clearly had more energy than they had through the first 12 minutes of the game.
At around the 8:30 mark, the Terrapins led by three points, 20-17. In the span of four minutes, that lead ballooned to 14 points, 33-19. Free throws helped to keep them afloat early in the run, but finally the Terrapins were able to penetrate the lane and find Diamond Stone for two nice looks at the rim.
Add in a Layman layup and a Nickens three and Maryland got rolling.
3) Fell apart before half
That 14-point lead was trimmed all the way down to six at the break because of a 10-2 UMES run that Maryland could not seem to counter before the intermission.
At the half, Maryland was being outrebounded and out-shot percentage-wise from the field, but free throw shooting and taking care of the basketball kept them afloat.
4) Run coming out of the half
Finally, the energy was there for Maryland coming out of the half. The Terrapins opened the half on a 17-6 run to expand the lead to 15 and they went from there. Melo Trimble powered the effort with eight points in the first 2:30 of the second half.
On one particular possession, the ball was kicked to guard Rasheed Sulaimon on the wing and he made a pretty swing pass to Trimble toward the top of the key. Before even catching the pass, Trimble was smiling after seeing how open he was. He nailed the three.
5) A long layoff
Now Maryland’s next task is staying sharp. The Terrapins do not play again until the 19th against Princeton, then do not play again until Dec. 27 against Marshall. That means having to stay sharp.
At the same time, though, it also gives the Terrapins an opportunity to rest players who have had a lot asked of them so far this season, mainly Trimble and Sulaimon.