Huerter shot 3-for-10, including 0-for-4 on 3-pointers. Redshirt junior guard Dion Wiley was 2 of 7, with all but one shot (and miss) coming on 3-pointers.
As a team, the Terps shot 5-for-17 on 3s (18 of 29 on 2-pointers) and while it really didn’t matter much after Maryland used another 10-0 burst to start the second half to build a 41-19 lead, it’s something to watch.
There’s nothing wrong with taking open 3-pointers, especially if opponents are going to start double-teaming Fernando even more, but the Terps shouldn’t settle for 3s, as they did at times against Rutgers and as they have been wont to to.
About only player who wasn’t guilty of that was senior wing Jared Nickens, who for only the third time in his career while playing more than 10 minutes (12) didn’t take a single shot. He also didn’t get a rebound or an assist.
Maryland fans show up
As the team’s losses piled up this season, attendance at home games started to slip noticeably. Except for last month’s game against Michigan State, large chunks of seats in the upper reaches of Xfinity Center were often empty.
Saturday’s game was far from a sellout, but the announced crowd of 15,587 was a lot closer to reality than some of those announced at recent games. Given the weather and driving conditions around game time, it was more than respectable.
Turgeon made a point to talk about how the fans were as tough as his team, and that was smart.
Considering that fans in Nebraska and Iowa and Illinois do that on a regular basis regardless of how their teams are doing, Maryland fans shouldn’t become the Florida State of the Big Ten — only showing up for big name opponents or if the home team is doing well.
With one more scheduled home game Saturday against Michigan, Turgeon’s team deserves that kind of support. The Terps might not be pretty, or even fun, to watch this season, but they have continued to play hard.
And who knows, it might impress the NIT selection committee enough to throw Maryland a couple of home games should the Terps not do the unthinkable and run the table to find their way into the NCAA tournament in a couple of weeks.