Terps claim third straight win with over 20 points, toppling Binghamton 76-52

COLLEGE PARK, MD — For the first time in over a decade, the Terps (3-0) won three straight games by at least 20 points when they defeated Binghamton (2-1) 76-52 Tuesday night at the XFINITY Center.

Maryland got off to a quick start, scoring the first eight points of the game and leading by as much as 25 points in the first half.

Three terps scored in double digits in a balanced offensive attack. Julian Reese continued his career night against Western Carolina with a 19-point, seven-rebound effort. Hakim Hart shot 5 of 10 from the field for 13 points and added eight boards. Donta Scott continued to hold the consistent veteran presence with a 10-point 9-rebound effort.

The Terps led by 21 points, 44-23, at halftime for their widest lead at the break in nearly three seasons. The last time Maryland led that many at halftime was a 42-21 lead over Marquette on December 1, 2019.

Maryland capitalized on its size all night, scoring 48 points in the paint and overtaking the Bearcats 41-32.

Thirteen terps saw the floor and none played longer than 26 minutes.

 

Willard’s take

“I think we brought out a really good defensive intensity. These guys are sticking to what we want to do from a game plan perspective. I think we set the tone early in the games. I was really happy.” .”

From the boys

“Defense is a really important part of the game, especially for us on nights like this when we’re not shooting the ball,” Reese said. “I feel like we can draw on that and use that as fuel to make everything else good.”

“Even though we won by 20, there will be nights where we’re not up by that point,” Scott said. “We’ve just got to continue to rely on being consistent in our defense and being consistent in the little things that make us win games like. “

Breakdown of the action

  • Maryland rebounded to an 8-0 lead behind four points apiece Jamir Jung and Julian Reese. By the 9:58 mark, the Terps were up 23:6, with 16 of those points coming on the suit.
  • Thanks to solid defense and double-digit goals from both Hakim Hart (13) and Reese (10), the Terps extended their lead to 44-23 at halftime. Binghamton shot just 36 percent at halftime.
  • With just over eight minutes remaining, Maryland extended their lead to 32 points Noah Batchelor free throw, marking the biggest lead of the night to that point.

Two digit update

  • Julian Reese scored in double digits for the second time in as many games as he finished at 19. It was his ninth career game with more than 10 points.
  • Hakim Hart also scored in double digits for the second straight year and the 27th time of his career 13.
  • Donta Scott scored 10 for his second game of the season and 47th in his double-digit career.

Dominant defense again

  • The Terps forced double-digit turnovers in as many games this season and grabbed 15 giveaways after forcing 12 and 17 in the previous two games.
  • Maryland held the Bearcats to just nine field goals in the first half.
  • In the first three games, Maryland gives up an average of 20 points in the first half of the game.
  • The Terps have now won nine straight games as they kept the team less than 40% on shooting from the field while the Bearcats stayed at just 34.4%.

3-0 on the year

  • Maryland improved to 3-0 to start a season for the ninth straight season. The last time the Terps didn’t start 3-0 was a 77-68 loss to UCONN in the 2013-14 season opener.

20 pieces

  • The win marked Maryland’s first three consecutive 20+ point wins since 2010-11. In this stretch, the Terps beat NJIT (89-50), North Florida (85-62) and Colgate (95-40) from December 22, 2010 to January 1. 4, 2011.
  • The last time the Terps won the first three games of a season by more than 20 points was in 2009-10 when they actually won their first four games of the season by that margin. Maryland beat Charleston Southern (89-51), Fairfield (71-42), New Hampshire (82-55), Chaminade (79-51) on November 13-23, 2009.

Closing at 1,000

  • With 10 points tonight, Donta Scott only needs 39 to reach 1,000 for his career 961. This makes him the third player on the active roster to have 1,000 career points. Don Carey now has 1,229 while Jamir Jung leads the team with 1,458.

Notes and Nuggets

  • Ike Cornish set a new career best nine points.
  • The terps are now 68-13 in November from 2010-11.
  • With 19 points Julian Reese tied his career up and did so in consecutive games.

Next

  • The Terps will now travel to Uncasville, CT for the 2022 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off.
  • They will play Saint Louis on Saturday at 1pm on ESPNNews before playing either Miami (FL ) or Providence.

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