Terps Dominate New Hampshire 82-55

Landon Milbourne's career high 24 points led the Terps to their third victory of the year.

The 25th-ranked Maryland Terrapins continued their early-season dominance over weaker teams on Friday night, crushing the New Hampshire Wildcats 82-55.

Senior forward Landon Milbourne scored a career high 24 points, and sophomore guard Sean Mosley had his first career double-double, with 13 points and 10 assists. Mosley also had three steals and no turnovers.

Senior guard Greivis Vasquez, a preseason All-ACC selection, struggled again, scoring eight points, but he grabbed six rebounds to mitigate another poor performance. In the Terps' three games, he has yet to reach double figures.

Senior Colbey Santos, who scored 14 points, including four three-pointers, led New Hampshire, which fell to 1-1.

“They're really good,” said New Hampshire head coach Bill Herrion. “They're so good in transition and they're so quick from defense to offense. They're a good basketball team. They're going to have a good year.”

New Hampshire struggled all game long against the versatile Milbourne, who made two three-pointers but also dominated inside.

“That's his game,” said Maryland head coach Gary Williams. “He can score inside, he can score outside; you can label that whatever you want, but he's a guy that can make jump shots. I don't have a number for that, but he's just a good player.”

The Terps have been dealing with a lack of depth in their frontcourt. Milbourne and freshmen Jordan Williams and James Padgett are the only big men who have played in more than one game so far.

However, Williams said forwards Jin Soo Choi and Steve Goins will be available for the Terps' next games. Junior forward Dino Gregory will be out until Dec. 12 due to a violation of team rules.

Despite the lack of depth, freshman Jordan Williams has gotten more comfortable, and it has shown on the court. He had eight points, seven rebounds and a block, and said afterwards that he feels more comfortable on the court as well.

“I feel much more comfortable,” he said. “It took a couple of games to get used to the atmosphere and the speed of the game, but I feel pretty comfortable right now.”

The Terps scored 20 of their 82 points via the fast break, and although its great for the crowd to see flying dunks, coach Williams is worried that the team isn't getting enough practice in the half-court offense.

“I'll take the points wherever we can,” he said, “but at this time of year, you don't want the players to think we'll just get transition points all the time because they're not always there. You have to be a good half court offensive team and that's what we were working on tonight.”

Senior guard Eric Hayes continued his stellar play this season, scoring 15 points on 4-5 shooting, including 3-4 from behind the arc. He's hit two or more 3s and scored in double digits in every game this year.

“Eric just shows up and plays like Eric Hayes,” Williams said. “That's the best way I can describe it. That's about the calmest 15 I've ever seen, you know, he just goes out there and plays.”

After wrapping up their three-game home stand to open the season, the Terps will fly to Hawaii tomorrow to participate in the EA Sports Maui invitational. Their first game will be against Chaminade on Nov. 23, to be followed by games on Nov. 24 and 25.

It's the only time until the ACC tournament that the Terps will have games on consecutive days.

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