Maryland opens ACC play for the final time in its history Thursday as it takes on Boston College at 7:00 pm in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The game is scheduled to air live on ESPNU.
Watch: ESPNU – Tom Hart (PxP), Len Elmore (Analyst)
• The Terrapins are 8-9 all-time against Boston College, winning two of the last three meetings in the series. Maryland is 33-27 all-time in ACC openers, but has lost 16-of-26 ACC openers that were on the road. Tonight marks Maryland’s fourth time meeting the Eagles in an ACC opener, garnering a 1-3 record (0-1 at BC).
• After a sluggish start at the Verizon Center, Maryland battled back from a 14-point second half deficit Sunday at the BB&T Classic before George Washington’s Maurice Creek hit a game-winning jump shot with 0.6 seconds remaining to sink the Terps, 77-75.
• The Terps’ full court press stifled George Washington’s offense over the last four minutes of the contest, as the Colonials committed eight turnovers in the final 4:11. GW managed just one shot during that time span – the game-winner with 0.6 to play.
• Freshman Roddy Peters was highly effective down the stretch against GW, garnering six of his career-high 11 points and two steals in the final 4:06. He leads the team with 30 assists (3.3/g), while averaging just 19.7 minutes of action.
Last Time Out
Maryland lost its second consecutive game last Sunday as it fell to local foe George Washington at the Verizon Center in a thriller. Trailing by 12 points at halftime and by as many as 14 in the second half, the Terrapins rallied to tie the game with 1:07 left with a stifling full court press.
The Colonials regained the lead after Maurice Creek knocked down a pair of free throws, but Maryland freshmanRoddy Peters tied the game at 75 with a pair of clutch free throws at the other end with eight seconds remaining.
GW inbounded the ball to Creek in the backcourt, who then sank a step-back jumper from 17 feet with 0.6 seconds left for the win. Nick Faust was able to toss a half-court prayer, but the shot fell short as time expired.
Scouting Boston College
Boston College returns home after falling at Purdue, 88-67, on Dec. 4 and at USC, 78-62, last Sunday. The Eagles are currently 3-6 on the season.
The Eagles have two of the best shooters in the ACC, between Olivier Hanlan (19.2 points/g – 6th ACC) and Ryan Anderson (18.0 points/g – 9th ACC). Anderson also leads Boston College in rebounds (6.4/g).
Despite its poor record, Boston College ranks first in the nation in free throw percentage (80.8). Hanlan and Anderson are a combined 113-for-138 (.819) from the charity stripe.
Sophomore Joe Rohan led the Eagles in their most recent game against USC, tallying 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds. USC used an 11-3 run to take a 43-35 lead with 17:20 left, and BC failed to cut its deficit to one possession for the rest of the game.
Dramatic Comeback Falls Short
Maryland’s thrilling comeback against George Washington was ignited by a stingy full court press that the Colonials had no answer for. George Washington managed just one shot in the final 4:18 seconds, as it committed eight turnovers on its final 12 possessions. Unfortunately for the Terps, the lone Colonial shot in the time span happened to be Maurice Creek’s game-winner.
Nick Faust and Roddy Peters had a field day defensively during the press, combining for four steals. Peters also had six of his career-high 11 points during the run.
The trip to Chestnut Hill will be a homecoming of sorts for redshirt junior Evan Smotrycz and sophomore Jake Layman, who both hail from Massachusetts. Smotrycz (Reading) is from just north of Boston, while Layman (Wrentham) grew up south of Boston.
Assistant coach Scott Spinelli also has ties in the area, having grown up in Leominster.
Terps Raise Money for Cancer Awareness
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted its inaugural “Terps Got Talent Student-Athlete Talent Show” on Tuesday evening to benefit the American Cancer Society. The show featured 17 performances and raised more than $3,100.
Freshman Damonte Dodd represented the men’s basketball team, displaying his drumming skills to the crowd.