Isaiah Wong's 22 not enough as Hurricanes fall to Terrapins

Isaiah Wong’s 22 not enough as Hurricanes fall to Terrapins

The Hurricanes needed more scoring outside of isaiah wong and struggled to keep the Terrapins off the boards.

Wong scored 22 points as Miami lost 88-70 to Maryland in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday.

“Isaiah had a very nice offensive night, but he needed more help,” head coach Jim Larranaga said.

Miami (4-1) went 1-1 at the event in Uncasville, Conn. after an 84-74 win over Providence on Saturday.

“We didn’t have the same energy as we did yesterday and Maryland took it right to us,” Larranaga said. “They were the aggressors from start to finish and the one clear statistic that shows that is that they got 39 rebounds to our 20. We really got crushed inside.”

Jordan Miller added 18 points and Norchad Omier scored 14 while Nijel Pack was held to seven points on 3-of-10 shooting and Wooga Poplar battled foul trouble and finished with four points in nine minutes.

Miami shot 45.2 percent (28 of 62) from the floor, 25 percent (5 of 20) from 3.

“I thought (Maryland) did everything well, they put a lot of pressure on our ballhandlers,” Larranaga said. “They tried to blow up hand-offs, they did a good job on our ball screens, big guys got out there and helped whenever our guys got free and they’re bigger. We’ve got to learn how to play as a small-ball team and we’re learning.”

Wong’s jumper gave Miami a 15-14 lead, but then the Terrapins reeled off an 11-0 run, which proved to be pivotal as the Hurricanes never got within six the rest of the game and trailed 47-34 at halftime.

Miami trailed by 19 early in the second half before eventually cutting the deficit to 10 at 73-63 with 6:21 left. However, Maryland responded with an 8-0 run to seal the game.

“I feel like as a team we were playing with a little low energy,” Wong said. “We’ve got to play consistently. Yesterday we played good and today we had low energy and like coach L said, we didn’t get a lot of rebounds and that’s what killed us throughout the game.”

Maryland (5-0) attacked the glass, grabbing 11 offensive rebounds leading to 18 second-chance points.

“They had 18 second-chance points and what did we lose by? 18, that’s a big part of the game,” Larranaga said.

The Terrapins were led by Donta Scott’s 24 points as all five starters scored in double-figures.

“I think they played very hard and very well,” Larranaga said. “They shared the ball extremely well. They’re a really good team and they have the right combination of size to rebound and score at the rim and the perimeter shooting that makes you stretch your defense out. We tried trapping them, they got it out of the trap and drove right to the basket. If they missed, they got the offensive rebounds and put it in.”

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Miami hosts St. Francis Brooklyn on Wednesday (6:30 pm, ACCN).

Christopher Stock has covered the Miami Hurricanes since 2003 and can be reached by e-mail at stock@insidetheu.com and on Twitter @InsideTheU.

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