NASSAU, Bahamas — Hakim Hart scored 19 of his season-high 24 points in the second half, Eric Ayala added 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Maryland men’s basketball rallied to beat Richmond, 86-80, on Thursday night at the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship.
Fatts Russell had 15 points — 11 in the second half — and six assists and Qudus Wahab scored 13 points for Maryland (5-1).
Hart hit a 3-pointer, made a layup and added two free throws in an 11-1 run that trimmed Maryland’s deficit to 46-45 early in the second half, and his 3-pointer with four minutes to play capped a 10-1 spurt that gave the Terps their first lead since midway through the first half at 73-72. Matt Grace answered with a basket to put the Spiders back in front, but they missed their next five shots as Maryland scored seven straight points to make it 80-74. Then, late in the shot clock, Russell hit a step-back 3-pointer with 1:12 left.
“We played a team that I thought played exceptionally well in Richmond,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “The last two and a half minutes of the first half got us back in the game and then the second half was terrific. The effort was just off the charts. [Our] guys battled and we got smarter defensively.”
Grant Golden led Richmond (3-3) with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. Nick Sherod and Jacob Gilyard scored 14 points apiece and Tyler Burton, who went into Thursday averaging 19.8 points per game, added 11.
Sherod hit three 3-pointers during a 20-7 run that gave Richmond a 12-point lead before Ayala made a 3 to make it 41-32 at halftime. The Spiders, who went into the game ranked 28th nationally in 3-point field goal shooting at 40.6%, made 8 of 22 from behind the arc — including 3 of 11 after halftime.
The Terps made 20 of 25 from the free-throw line. Richmond hit 12 of 20.
Maryland is 27-15 all-time against the Spiders and has won 10 straight in the series.
The Terps will face Louisville, which beat Mississippi State, 72-58, in the championship game Saturday.
Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship
MARYLAND VS. LOUISVILLE
Saturday, 10 a.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: 105.7 FM