Maryland Takes Down Georgia Southern

The Terrapins overcame a slow first half to win their fourth straight over the Eagles.

The Maryland Terrapins were led by freshman forward Charles Mitchell who scored 13 points and grabbed 11 total rebounds in their win over the Georgia Southern Eagles. The Terps got off to a slow start but pulled away in the second half to win 70-53.

Mitchell shot 6 of 12 and made one of his two free throws. Redshirt senior guard Logan Aronholt had 12 points, going four-for-four from behind the three-point arc. Sophomore guard Nick Faust had 11 points and sophomore center Alex Len scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Freshman forward Shaquille Cleare also had 10 points for the Terps.

“The last game [Mitchell] wasn't very good,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said after the game. “We watched film and it wasn't a very fun film session for Charles and he responded in the right way. Some guys respond the right way and other guys start pouting, he responded the right way. He had really good practices since that film session and it carried over to the game. I was happy for him. He had bounce to him; he was excited and ready to go. He looked good out there.”

“Somebody has to bring the energy, and as I said before, 'I'm going to do whatever it takes to help my team win. Every single night, that's what I'm going to do,'” Mitchell said.

The Eagles jumped out to a quick 9-1 lead early in the game and the Terps spent most of the first half closing the deficit before a runner by Faust at the end of the first half gave the Terps a 29-26 lead going into the half. The Terps would not trail again, jumping out on a 17-4 run to start the second half to take a 46-30 lead with less than 15 minutes to play in the game.

“That wasn't a lot of fun, especially in the first half,” Turgeon said. “We obviously weren't ready to play, physically and mentally we weren't ready to play. I thought Georgia Southern was ready out of the gate. I was disappointed in our guys in the first half.”

“We didn't start off well in the first half. We started off sluggish,” Cleare added. “Our defense was lolly gagging around. [Coach] got on us really hard. He thought we were a better team and that we need to step up. We needed to stop coming out to these games late. He told us to just keep playing and to work on communicating with each other while we're on the floor.”

The physical Terps once again dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Eagles 49-25 with sophomore forward Dez Wells and senior forward James Padgett each grabbing six rebounds. Maryland also outscored the Eagles in the paint, 40-20. The Terps continued to struggling with ball security, turning the ball over 17 times and allow Georgia Southern to score 23 points off turnovers. Wells committed five turnovers and guards Pe'Shon Howard and Seth Allen each turned the ball over three times.

“It's funny it doesn't feel like we are out rebounding them that much in the game,” Turgeon said. “They had two offensive rebounds in a possession and I was getting ready to blow a gasket because I expect us to get every rebound. A lot of it is we are just bigger than you are kind of deal. We do talk about it a lot. I think we have out rebounded every opponent this year. I'm not into stats yet but I would imagine we are about plus 10 or 12 rebounding for the year it might be a little bit bigger. It's a good start.”

Georgia Southern guard C.J. Reed led the Eagles in scoring and rebounds with 15 points and five rebounds. Eric  Ferguson had 13 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Eagles and Tre Bussey added 11 points.

With the win, the Terps are now 4-1 after winning their last four games. The Georgia Southern Eagles drop to 2-3 on the season. The Terps will travel to Evanston, Ill. to face Northwestern in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:15 p.m.

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