Instead of building, the Wolfpack collapsed. The team followed its big win over Duke with its most lop-sided loss, falling to Maryland 88-64 on Saturday night at the Comcast Center.
The Pack did nothing right, looking nothing like the team that upset No. 6 Duke on Wednesday night. On the road against the Terrapins, the Pack couldn't find good shots. It couldn't keep Maryland off the offensive glass. It couldn't stop turning the ball over.
Most of all, though, it couldn't stop the Maryland offense. The Pack gave up a season-high 88 points as the Terps shot 55 percent from the floork, 47 percent from behind the 3-point line and made 24-of-31 free throws. The Pack offense managed just 37 percent from the floor, 32 percent from behind the arc and attempt just 16 free throws on the day.
The Pack kept Greivis Vazquez in check during the first half and managed to stay within single digits but the senior point guard exploded in the second half, scoring 17 of his 19 points to help blow away the Pack. Three other Maryland players scored in double figures.
Tracy Smith led the Pack with 18 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 6-of-9 from the floor. Javi Gonzalez scored 13 points but committed four turnovers and had no assists. Richard Howell was the only other player in double figures for the Pack, coming off the bench to score 10 points and seven rebounds. Farnold Degand scored just five points on 2-of-10 shooting for the Pack but had six assists and only one turnover.
The Pack jumped ahead at the start of the game thanks to 3-pointers from Gonzalez and Degand, but Maryland quickly took control of the game. The Terps used a 12-2 run to take a brief 10-point lead as the State defense gave up too many offensive rebounds and open 3-pointers. The Pack would battle back, cutting the lead to as few as four points in the half before Maryland made four straight free throws to take a 41-33 lead into the locker room.
The Terrapins shot 43 percent from the floor and was just 2-of-7 from behind the arc, but hit 13-of-16 from the free-throw line and crashed the offensive boards to the tune of eight offensive rebounds on 17 missed shots. The Pack shot 47 percent from the floor and 4-for-8 from behind the 3-point line but committed nine turnovers to help the Terrapins take the lead. Gonzalez led the Pack with 11 first-half point but committed three turnovers and had no assists.
The second half started with more of the same for the Pack, as the Terrapins kept pushing their lead out on the visitors. Vazquez, who was relatively quiet offensively in the first half, exploded with 10 points in the first eight minutes as the Terps pushed their lead to as much as 18 points. The Pack chipped away a few points off the lead but Vazquez had an answer for every Wolfpack score.