The Maryland Terrapins saw a fast start fade quickly after a 17-2 run by Notre Dame put them behind by double digits in the first half, drawing some boos from the fans at the Comcast Center before halftime.
In a game that possibly could have defined their season one way or another, Maryland came out fired up in the second half, finally made some shots and eventually pulled away for a 74-66 win.
While it was an ugly first half, Maryland actually didn't play that poorly. The team simply couldn't buy a basket. Maryland had a lot of open shots but couldn't knock any of them down, and the second half actually began in similar fashion. Part of the problem was the fact that the Terps opted to settle for too many jump shots instead of taking the ball to the basket, but it's hard to pass up wide-open looks.
It was easy to see the frustration building on the faces of many of the Terps players as shot after shot wouldn't drop, or loose balls and rebounds seemed just out of reach. The tide finally turned in the second half, as the Terps turned up the intensity and finally made some shots.
Dez Wells failed to score in the first half but finished with 17 points, many of them coming from the foul line. Seth Allen finished with 14, and it was his play in the second half, particularly his outside shooting, that seemed to spark the Terps.
He played more minutes than expected, which meant Roddy Peters rode the bench for most of the night. The Terps also got a solid contribution from Charles Mitchell in the second half. He finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds and really seemed to give the team the spark it needed with his hustle for loose balls and on the boards.
The victory takes a bit of pressure off head coach Mark Turgeon, albeit briefly. Maryland moves to 3-2 in the ACC but is still at least a few wins out of the NCAA tournament conversation. Maryland's next game is Monday at NC State, a team that has generally struggled as expected. They did beat Notre Dame in South Bend, and the Terps aren't good enough to look past anyone, so it's going to be a tough game.