The Terps struggled early in their first true road game of the season, committing 6 turnovers before Adrian Bowie hit a free throw to end the nearly five minute scoring drought to open the game. Once they were able to get the donut off the board, Maryland quickly made up for the early deficit with an 11-2 run that put them in the lead before they reached the 10 minute mark.
A big part of Maryland's early turnover troubles had to do with Penn State's excellent job of keeping Jordan Williams from getting the ball. Williams did well with his limited touches in the first half, scoring 7 points on 5 shots, but got some needed scoring from James Padgett who scored 6 points off the bench for the Terrapins and Sean Mosley who hit two threes to help the effort.
While the Nittany Lions have done a good job limiting Jordan Williams, the Terps have also kept Penn State's best player, Talor Battle, from having much of an impact. At break, Battle only had 8 points on 3-11 shooting along with 2 assists.