After a 1-1 week, Maryland men’s basketball dropped out of the Associated Press poll released Nov. 22.
Gonzaga (4-0) tops the AP poll, followed by UCLA (4-0). Purdue (5-0) is the highest-rated Big Ten team at No. 3.
Maryland fell to George Mason, 71-66, at Xfinity Center Nov. 17. The defeat marked the first loss of the season for the Terrapins. Maryland went 9-for-28 from 3-point range, shooting 32.1 percent compared to George Mason’s 50 percent. George Mason also outrebounded Maryland, 36-30. Junior forward Donta Scott led the Terps with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Eric Ayala added 17 points and four assists.
“We needed it as a team to get that punch in the mouth,” Ayala said after the game. “We had three good games where we competed and kind of felt like we were more talented than teams. Tonight, we approached the game the same way, and that came back to bite us. We are back in the hunt and excited to get ready for practice. It’s like a fresh start.”
The Terps got back in the win column Nov. 19, edging Hofstra, 69-67, at Xfinity Center. Four Terps scored in double digits, with Ayala scoring 14, graduate guard Fatts Russell and sophomore guard Ian Martinez 13, and freshman center Julian Reese 10. Maryland’s struggles from 3-point range continued, with the Terps shooting just 1-for-11 from outside in the second half to finish the game 5-for-22 from the outside.
Up next, Maryland will face Richmond at 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving day in the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship, followed by a Nov. 27 matchup against either Louisville or Mississippi State.
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