Through five games this season, the Maryland Terrapins had found a way to outperform some of their shortcomings.
The Terps ranked near the bottom in turnover margins and struggled at times to score from 3-point range. But the performances from players like Darryl Morsell and Anthony Cowan still put them in position to win.
That all changed against St. Bonaventure.
Matt Mobley scored 16 points and Courtney Stockard had 14 points, as the Bona Wolves handed Maryland its first loss of the season, 63-61.
The Bona Wolves went on a 19-9 run to end the game. Anthony Cowan was the only Maryland player who finished in double figures with 13 points, while Justin Jackson had nine points and Ivan Bender had eight points.
The Terps found a way to hold Mobley — one of the Bona Wolves top scorers this season — in check from the field with just three shots all game. But Mobley did most of his damage at the free throw line, shooting 100 percent.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well in the game. There were only five combined 3-pointers between the two team — all of which came from the Terps. Maryland shot 19-of-45 for 42.2 percent. St. Bonaventure didn’t fare much better, shooting 21-of-55, and shot 0-of-7 from 3-point range.
“We tried everything we could to get something going offensively,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon told 105.7 The Fan after the game. “We didn’t get any second-chance points. It caught up to us.”
But Maryland turned over the ball 20 times, which the Bona Wolves turned into 20 points. The Bona Wolves’ bench also outscored the Terps’ 34-19 and added 12 steals.
From the moment the game began, St. Bonaventure seemed to make Maryland’s offense struggle with it 1-3-1 defense. After LaDarien Griffin put the Bona Wolves up 6-4, the team didn’t give up the lead until about midway through the first half when a layup from Cowan put Maryland up 13-12.
There were seven ties and seven lead changes in the first half. Maryland took a 31-30 lead into halftime.
As the second half began, it looked as if Maryland was going to take the game over. The Terps outscored the Bona Wolves 16-12 through 10 minutes, including a 5-0 run to start the half and a 9-0 run when a pair of free thrown from Stockard gave St. Bonaventure a 40-38 lead.
But as the minutes dwindled away, the Bona Wolves adjusted to Maryland’s quicker pace, and they climbed back from an eight-point deficit to tie the score 59-59 with 1:21 left.
“In the end, it was our defense that let us down,” Turgeon said. “Every timeout we talked about penetration…and make them shoot jumpers. And we didn’t do it one time, and that’s the disappointing thing.”
The Bona Wolves took a 61-59 lead with free throws from Josh Ayeni with 34 seconds left. Maryland tied with free throws of their own, but Stockard drove to Maryland’s basket with three seconds left and made the layup to put the Bona Wolves up 63-61, giving the team the win.
Maryland will have a short rest between games before it plays New Mexico State on Nov. 25. Tipoff time has not been decided.
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