Terps defeat Michigan 77-70 in thrilling shootout

On Saturday, Maryland traveled to the Crisler Center to take on Michigan and walked away with a 77-70 victory on the shoulders of an impressive offensive attack.

In the first half, the Wolverines came out shooting aggressively from the three-point line but saw little success. Maryland cashed in on a few of their own but looked inside for a majority of their first half points. Forwards Damonte Dodd and Justin Jackson led the way for the Terps under the basket. By the half Maryland had a solid nine point lead.

The second half started with a great deal of miscues for the Terps. A handful of turnovers combined with a poor shooting effort left Maryland vulnerable. Despite having a few mistakes of their own, Michigan was able to capitalize on Maryland’s misfortune and erase the nine point lead quickly.

As the teams approached 10 minutes to play, Maryland’s offense started to come back to life with some timely three-point shots from Melo Trimble and Jared Nickens. These small bursts of offense were not enough to pull away but kept the Terps ahead as they approached crunch time.

Coming down the final stretch, both teams traded three-point shots with ease. After a few minutes it became clear that neither team would be able to pull away unless they went completely cold. For every big shot Maryland had, the Wolverines had an immediate answer to keep things within one possession.  

Despite Michigan’s impressive effort, Maryland was flawless in the final minutes and never relinquished their slim lead. With under a minute to play, Michigan was forced to foul, sending Anthony Cowan and Justin Jackson to the line for Maryland. Jackson and Cowan each sunk both of their free throws allowing Maryland to walk away with a 77-70 victory.

This road win is just what the Terps needed after dropping a key game to Nebraska last week. If Maryland finds themselves ranked come Monday, their next game would be a real treat as they prepare to host #25 Indiana on Tuesday.

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