Rapid Reaction: Maryland 66 Miami 80

Hurricanes sharp shooting drops the Terrapins to fall below .500 in conference play

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What it means: Maryland (18-12, 7-8 ACC) came up short on one of their final two opportunities to register a 15th consecutive season with at least 19 wins, falling to Miami (18-12, 6-9) by 14 points.

Despite outrebounding and playing sound basketball, the Hurricanes simply outshot Maryland, a field goal percentage at nearly 55 percent. Likewise, their sharp shooting persisted at the 3-point strip with an equally impressive 52 percent.

The loss cements Maryland's status as a non-N.C.A.A. Tournament team, now under .500 in conference play and failure to seize a true signature win in many attempts this season. However, this year can definitely be considered a successful rebuilding year with the emergence of Terrell Stoglin and Pe'Shon Howard, with starters Sean Mosley and Naismith Award candidate Jordan Williams returning.

Star of the game: Center Reggie Johnson was one of five Hurricanes to score double-digit totals on the night, but Johnson also collected a game-high 16 rebounds in his battle with Terrapins big man Jordan Williams.

Terps trends: After being named ACC Rookie of the Week for averaging 22.5 points, including a career-best 28 against North Carolina Sunday, Terrell Stoglin once again led the Terrapins versus Miami. Stoglin added five assists in addition to his 20 points.

Jordan Williams recorded 11 points and 12 rebounds (5 offensive), surpassing the 500-point mark for the season. The Terrapins center is just the 40th to do so in a single season. His double-double tonight was his 23rd on the year, surpassing the single-season record formerly help by Len Elmore, who accomplished the feat during the 1973-1974 season. Williams, the ACC's leading rebounder, is looking to become the first Maryland player to lead the conference in rebounding since Joe Smith did so in the 1993-1994 season.

What's ahead: The Terrapins' regular season culminates on a Senior Day in College Park Saturday, when the team's three seniors – Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker and Dino Gregory – will play their final season in a Maryland jersey when they play host to Virginia. Led by a season-best 22 points from Bowie, Maryland defeated the Cavaliers in Charlottesville earlier this year.


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