The depleted Maryland Terrapins were blown out for the second time in three games at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan. This time, they fell to the Iona Gaels 89-63. The Gaels scored an astonishing 52 second half points against the Terps as they cruised to the easy win.
Sean Mosley and Terrell Stoglin led the Terps again, with the senior Mosley leading the way with 21 points. Stoglin chipped in with 17 of his own, but the Terps had little contribution on the offensive end from anyone else. Turnovers were particularly damaging to the Terps, who committed 10 additional turnovers in the second half for a whopping 26 in the game.
Iona is a very talented mid-major team that is capable of challenging for an NCAA at-large berth. Purdue was lucky to beat them in the first round after a Robbie Hummel three pointer at the buzzer put the Boilermakers through. But regardless of their talent, getting blown out by 23 points in just the second 20 minutes of basketball has to be discouraging for Mark Turgeon and Terps’ fans.
Maryland will now have the holiday week off with an opportunity to rebound against Florida Gulf Coast at the Comcast Center on Friday.