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Huerter scores 20 as Maryland storms back to beat UMBC 66-45

Courtesy Maryland Athletics


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Kevin Huerter scored 20 points, and Maryland bounced back from a miserable first half to beat Maryland-Baltimore County 66-45 Friday night for its sixth straight victory.

The Terrapins (12-3) had more turnovers (10) than field goals (six) before halftime and trailed 24-18 at the break. With Huerter leading the way, Maryland opened the second half with a 14-5 run and never relinquished the lead.

It was the 400th career victory for Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, including 150 with the Terrapins. Turgeon is 400-230 in a run that began at Jacksonville State in 1998, followed by stops at Wichita State and Texas A&M before his arrival at Maryland in 2011.

Jairus Lyles scored 14 points for the Retrievers (8-6), who are 0-14 against Maryland in a series that began in 1987 but had been stagnant since 2002.

UMBC went 7 for 38 from 3-point range and shot 29 percent overall.

Limited to four points over the first 20 minutes, Huerter made a pair of 3-pointers and a dunk during Maryland pivotal run at the outset of the second half.

After UMBC closed to 36-34, Anthony Cowan Jr. and Huerter hit back-to-back 3s, Darryl Morsell made a pair of free throws and Huerter capped the 11-0 run with another shot from beyond the arc.

Cowan scored 14 despite going 4 for 13 from the floor and Morsell added 13 points.

It was Maryland's first game since Turgeon announced Thursday that sophomore forward Justin Jackson will miss the remainder of the season with a right shoulder injury. Jackson was averaging 9.8 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds over 11 games.

HOT IN DECEMBER

Turgeon is 40-6 in December as Maryland's coach, including 31-3 at home. Those numbers are a big reason behind his 150-71 record with the Terps.

BIG PICTURE

UMBC: Though the Retrievers faded in the second half, their performance on the road against a Big Ten power can only serve as a confidence boost before they get started in the America East.

Maryland: If the Terps were looking for a feel-good tuneup before getting into Big Ten play, this was not it. The first half did, however, serve as a reminder that Maryland must play hard and with emotion against any opponent, even an in-state foe that previously lost to Colgate, Army and Towson.

UP NEXT

UMBC: The Retrievers close out 2017 at home against Centenary on Sunday afternoon.

Maryland: The Terps wrap up a six-game home stand Tuesday night against Penn State, the first of 16 straight Big Ten games to conclude the regular season.

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