Winthrop looks to avoid its second straight loss as it heads to College Park, Md., Saturday to take on No. 21 Maryland at 2 p.m.
After falling at Jacksonville State in overtime on Wednesday, the Eagles have another quick turnaround as their game against the Terrapins will be the team’s third game in six days. Winthrop enters the game at 3-3 and has dropped two straight on the road.
This will mark the Eagles fifth contest all-time against a team from the Big 10 as they are 0-4 all-time with two losses to Ohio State, one to Wisconsin and one to Nebraska. Maryland, which is in its first season as a member of the Big 10 conference, has won all four meetings against the Eagles while playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Winthrop overcame a 10-point deficit midway through the second half at Jacksonville State to force overtime, but for the third time in four games the Eagles fell victim to clutch shooting in the final minute of the game.
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On Nov. 20 Terel Hall scored on a drive to the basket that was contested by the Eagles and was fouled as he completed the three-point play with one second left to hand the Eagles a one-point loss. On Nov. 24, the Eagles were tied with ETSU when Jalen Riley hit a deep three that was contested by two Winthrop players that eventually lifted the Buccaneers to victory. Then on Wednesday the Eagles loss at Jacksonville State came on a JaQuail Townser three with 1.7 seconds to play in overtime.
Sophomore Keon Johnson gave the Eagles a spark off the bench as he finished with a team-best 22 points, scoring 18 of them in the second half and overtime. It was his second consecutive game in double-figures as he is now third on the team in scoring at 9.7 ppg. Johnson was an impressive 12-for-13 at the foul line.
The team’s leading scorer, Keon Moore, finished with just eight points on 3-for-5 shooting but continues to lead the team at 16.8 per game. He’s shooting 50 percent from three this season while averaging 3.67 per game.
While the Eagles are known for their offensive production at the guard position, forwards Tevin Prescott and Jarad Scott combined for big numbers in the loss at Jacksonville State. Prescott turned in his first career double-double by setting career-highs with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Scott scored a career-high 16 points and had a career-best four blocks. The two combined to go 11-for-13 from the floor, 2-for-3 behind the arc and 7-for-10 at the line.
Maryland enters the game with a 7-1 mark and coming off its first loss of the season at the hands of 7th-ranked Virginia at home.
The Terps are without the services of their leading scorer for a few weeks as Dez Wells suffered a wrist injury. Wells was averaging 16.2 points and 4.8 rebounds to help Maryland to a 5-0 start.
In his absence, freshman Melo Trimble has stepped into the top scoring role with 24 points in the win over Monmouth followed by a 19-point performance in the win over VMI. Trimble is averaging a team-high 16.6 points per game while shooting 52 percent from the floor and 48 percent behind the arc. He’s also been to the line 48 times and is shooting 90 percent at the stripe.
Junior forward Jake Layman is averaging 14.6 points and 5.7 rebounds as he’s shooting 58 percent from the floor and 72 percent at the line. He’s been in double-figures all eight games.
This is the third of six straight home games for Maryland, which is 35-8 at home dating back to the start of 2012-13.