The Big Ten was back in action Tuesday night with a double header involving Maryland and Minnesota hosting mid-majors tonight.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night
In the second game of the night the Golden Gophers managed to do just enough to hold on against North Florida. After a back and forth first 35 minutes, Minnesota held on to a 65-64 lead with just over four minutes to go before closing on a 15-7 run to hold on for the win. It wasn’t exactly impressive, but a win is a win and the Gophers avoided a potentially ugly upset.
Forward Jordan Murphy impressed for Minnesota, recording 20 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks. Amir Coffey also had a solid day offensively with 18 points while the Gophers had a sizable 52-35 advantage on the boards over North Florida. While Minnesota shot 38.8% from the field and only hit one of their 15 three pointers, they took advantage of a 39-12 free throw advantage to do just enough offensively to hold on against the Ospreys.
North Florida was considerably over matched tonight, literally, as no one on the roster that played was taller than 6’8”. The size disadvantage proved critical, allowing Minnesota to pick up 23 offensive rebounds and 42 points in the paint.
Maryland Terrapins 94, Loyola (MD) Greyhounds 71
The Terrapins hosted the Greyhounds tonight and took an 18 point lead into break. After looking like they were going to break the game wide open for good, Loyola stormed back to cut the deficit to ten points halfway through the second half. Maryland then went on a 19-0 run to put away the Greyhounds for good.
Anthony Cowan Jr. led the Terps in scoring with 23 points, including 4 of 4 from three. Jalen Smith added 20 points while all three other starters reached double figures for Maryland. The Terps shot 48.5% from the field, 52.4% from three and 89.5% from the free throw line. They also out rebounded Loyola 42-28 while limiting their turnovers to only eight.
It wasn’t always pretty, letting an overmatched foe crawl back into the game in the second half, but Maryland eventually pieced things together and convincingly took care of business down the stretch.