Maryland was able to erase a double-digit deficit against LSU in Saturday’s Round of 32 matchup, but it wasn’t enough for the Terrapins to punch their ticket to the Sweet 16.
Trailing 67-64 with less than a minute to play, Maryland’s Jalen Smith drilled a three-pointer to tie the game at 67-67, giving LSU one last opportunity to hit a game-winning basket. Out of a timeout, LSU’s Trevont Waters drove aggressively to the basket and hit a go-ahead layup with 1.6 seconds on the clock.
With no timeouts, Maryland was forced to throw up a three-quarter court desperation heave which was off the mark. The Terrapins ended their season with the 69-67 loss.
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Bruno Fernando and Smith had big days again, combining for 25 points and 23 rebounds for the game. Anthony Cowan Jr. had 11 points and Darryl Morsell and Aaron Wiggins each had 10.
Maryland got down big early, trailing by 15 points at a couple times throughout the game. LSU got out to an early 30-15 advantage in the first half before the Terrapins closed the gap to 38-29 at the break.
The Tigers came out hot to start the second half, as well. LSU built a 46-31 lead in the first four minutes out of the locker room. The Terps then used an 11-1 run to claw their way back into the game and eventually take a 60-57 lead with just over five minutes left.
But it wasn’t enough, as LSU got some big baskets from Skylar Mays, setting up the game-winner for Waters.
Maryland shot just 33.3 percent from the field, despite having several open looks throughout the game. In the first half particularly, the Terrapins struggled to find the bottom of the well. Though they made a tremendous comeback, the early deficit proved to be too deep.
Maryland ends its season with a 23-11 record.