Statement win? Maryland basketball takes care of business in victory over Rutgers
Maryland earned an important win over Rutgers on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Scarlet Knights 68-59.
All five Maryland starters scored in double figures, led by Eric Ayala’s 14 points. Overall, the Terps shot a very-solid 46.8 percent from the field. Ayala made three 3-pointers and added two assists.
Aaron Wiggins was also great, scoring 13 points on 10 shots. He recorded a double-double, collecting a game-high 10 rebounds.
Defensively, Maryland was stout. The Terps held Rutgers to 38.2 percent shooting overall and 22.7 percent shooting from 3-point range.
Jacob Young and Geo Baker combined to score 31 points on 23 shots for the Scarlet Knights. But outside of that duo, Rutgers scored just 28 points on 32 shots.
The biggest disparity came in transition. Maryland scored 20 points off turnovers, while Rutgers managed just seven. The Terps also held a significant advantage in volume at the free throw line (18-of-28 compared to 12-of-14).
This will be an important win as Maryland continues to build its NCAA Tournament résumé. The Terps will turn their attention to Michigan State next Sunday.