Maryland men’s basketball is officially 1-0 in the new decade, as the No. 15 Terps started 2020 with a resounding 75-59 victory over Indiana Jan. 4.
After a shaky three weeks that included two road losses and two shaky home performances, Maryland played at perhaps its highest level of the season in the second half against the Hoosiers. The Terps started slowly (again) and had to slowly inch their way to a 28-20 halftime lead, but turned on the jets and led by as many as 30 in the second half.
Jalen Smith led a balanced scoring effort with 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 25 minutes. Anthony Cowan Jr. and Aaron Wiggins tallied 13 points each, while Darryl Morsell notched 12. Donta Scott and Eric Ayala chipped in nine and seven points, respectively.
With the win, Maryland moves to 12-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten. With a top-15 matchup coming Jan. 7 against Ohio State, the Terps needed a performance that could spark confidence going forward. They got exactly that.