MBB Falls to Maryland at Mohegan Sun
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The University of Miami men’s basketball team dropped an 88-70 decision Sunday afternoon against Maryland in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament championship game.
Fourth-year junior guard Isaiah Wong scored a team-high 22 points for Miami (4-1) at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Maryland (5-0) started 6-of-11 from deep and grabbed 13 of the first 16 rebounds, including posting a 6-0 mark offensively. The Terrapins used a 14-2 run in 3:29, including scoring 11 straight points, to build a 28-17 edge with 10:47 on the first-half clock. Miami quickly pulled within four, using a 7-0 surge in 67 seconds to make it 28-24 with 7:59 to go in the frame.
The Terrapins, however, continued their strong shooting and rebounding, en route to a 47-34 advantage at halftime. They shot 15-of-24 (62.5 percent) overall, 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from deep and 10-of-13 (76.9 percent) at the line, while logging a 22-8 edge on the glass, in the first 20 minutes.
Maryland upped its edge as high as 19 in the second half, but Miami would not go away and closed within 10, 73-63, with 6:30 to go after a 6-0 burst in 72 seconds. The Hurricanes go no closer the rest of the way, though, and dropped their first contest of the 2022-23 season.
The Terrapins, who made their last six shots, finished the afternoon 30-of-50 (60.0 percent) from the floor, 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) on 3-pointers and 19-of-23 (82.6 percent) at the stripe. They made 20 of their first 30 field goals through the opening 24 minutes.
Fifth-year senior guard Jordan Miller and third-year sophomore forward Norchad Omier each joined Wong in double figures, posting 18 and 14 points, respectively.
Senior forward Donta Scott logged 24 points and eight rebounds, both game bests, for the Terrapins. Sophomore forward Julian Reese had 17 points, while senior guard Hakim Hart recorded 14, graduate student guard Jahmir Young logged 13 and graduate student guard Donald Carey added 12.
Miami now returns home for a Wednesday night matchup with St. Francis Brooklyn at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Fla., slated for 6:30 p.m. on ACC Network.
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MIAMI HURRICANES POSTGAME NOTES
– The Hurricanes fell to 78-58 all-time in multi-game events (not counting pre/post-tournament off-site matchups), including 55-32 since the program rebirth and 17-12 under Larrañaga.
– Miami’s five-game winning streak when trailing at halftime, which dated back to 2/9/22 versus Georgia Tech, came to an end.
– Maryland became the first team to shoot 60.0 percent in a game against the Hurricanes since Virginia did so on its home court on 2/5/22.
– Prior to Maryland posting a 62.5 percent clip in the opening frame, the last team to shoot over 60 percent in a half against Miami was No. 21/22 USC on 3/18/22 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Greenville, S.C.
– The Terrapins are the first time with five double-digit scorers against Miami since Boston College on 3/10/22 in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals in Brooklyn, N.Y.
– Wong moved past Davon Reed (2013-17) for No. 16 on Miami’s all-time scoring list, now owning 1,344 points at The U.
– Wong’s 22 points are the most by any Hurricane thus far in 2022-23, surpassing Omier’s 21 versus Florida A&M on 11/15/22.
– Wong earned Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off All-Tournament Team accolades after averaging 20.0 points per game.