COLLEGE PARK -- Coming off a layoff of more than a week without a game, Maryland had no more than four minutes worth of rust to shake off.
Once it got its footing in front of another announced sellout crowd, the Terrapins hit few bumps in the road on their way to an 87-67 victory over Marshall at XFINITY Center in College Park.
Redshirt junior Robert Carter, Jr. led the way with 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting while adding eight rebounds. Freshman Diamond Stone was in double figures scoring for the fifth straight game with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Here are five things you need to know about the Maryland win.
1) Lack of intensity early
Through the game’s first four minutes, there was a familiar symptom that once again came up for Maryland. Defensive closeouts on the perimeter were slow. The offense was not running at full speed.
With the size of Marshall’s bigs -- the undersized, more agile, floor-stretching types -- the Thundering Herd pulled the larger Damonte Dodd and Robert Carter, Jr. away from the basket and forced them to get out to 23 feet.
The results? The game was tied, 9-9, at the under-16 timeout.
2) Picking it up
Something clicked out of the under-16 timeout. Maryland was crisp. The first offensive possession ended in a Diamond Stone dunk. There were more hands in Herd faces. The Terrapins went on a 12-2 run to extend the lead to 21-11 in short order.
Despite the fact that Maryland’s bigs had trouble defending on the perimeter against a smaller Marshall team, there is another side to that coin. Marshall can’t defend Maryland in the post. Head coach Mark Turgeon got the ball to Carter and Diamond Stone on the interior.
Carter had 15 points at the break. Stone had eight at the break off the bench.
3) But Marshall fights back, before Terps open it up
On the back of guard Austin Loop’s 11 first-half points, the Herd trimmed a 13-point Maryland first-half lead down to just one with 4:01 to go before the break.
Shot selection was not as sharp in that stretch for Maryland and the Terrapins allowed that run to happen. But Maryland caught itself before it really stumbled. By finishing the half on a 9-0 run, Maryland carried a 46-36 lead into the break.
4) The sore spots
Too many times, Maryland was careless with the basketball. Simple entry passes or ball movement around the perimeter resulted in turnovers. They were too loose with the ball getting to the rim. The Terrapins turned the ball over 19 times.
On the offensive glass, the Herd grabbed 15 boards, which is too many for a team with such a size disadvantage. But Maryland pulled through.
5) But the spread ultimately wins out
Maryland’s offense, as it has been all season, takes in a bunch of factors and often spits out a good shot for whichever player happens to be open. That means spreading the wealth, which we saw again on Sunday.
Though Carter and Stone drove the bus, they were two of four total players in double figures. Jake Layman came on late after going scoreless in the first half. Jaylen Brantley, playing against his former team, looked comfortable and in control to put up eight points for himself.
Melo Trimble finished with 13. Rasheed Sulaimon added 14 along with five rebounds and four assists.