Final Horn: Maryland 86, Michigan 82

Dylan Burkhardt
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Early on in College Park, the script looked familiar. Michigan battled neck and neck to a 12-12 tie before a 16-1 Terrapin run turned the game on its head, but unlike in previous games against top-tier opponents the Wolverines battled back.

Michigan closed the first half strong, cutting a 16 point deficit into a 5-point deficit in the final 5:24 despite junior leader Zak Irvin saddled to the bench with two fouls. After missing 12 consecutive shots at one point in the first half, the Wolverines were lucky to be alive, but made the most of it in the second half.

The Wolverines and Terrapins exchanged leads in the second half in a back-and-firth shootout. Michigan took the lead twice in the second half, but just couldn’t get the defensive stops necessary to steal the game on the road. Maryland had just enough down the stretch to hold onto a 86-82 victory.

MVP: Mark Donnal

Mark Donnal came alive in the second half, scoring 25 points for the game and 22 in the second half. He knocked down triples and finished a handful of pick-and-roll dunks and layups. He made his first eight shots of the second half and helped the Wolverines hang with a Maryland team that they struggled to stop defensively.

It Was Over When

The game hung within two possessions well into the final minutes, as Maryland held the lead. With the Terps leading by three and under a minute to play, Michigan got a stop and had a chance to tie before Derrick Walton was called for an offensive foul driving to the basket. Walton fouled out on the call and Maryland hit the free throws to ice the game.

Stat of the Game: Tempo

This was the fastest game that Michigan has played all season, checking in at 76 possessions. The up-and-down pace combined with little defense by either team created a helter-skelter second half.

Room for Improvement: Defense

Michigan just couldn’t get enough stops to win this game despite a gutty second half effort. Maryland gave the Wolverines just enough life with their tendency to turn the ball over, but the Terps were lethally efficient when they managed to get a shot up with a 62 eFG%.

Unsung Hero: Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman

Caris LeVert is out, potentially for the season, and Abdur-Rahkman is the guy at the two-guard. He played like it today. He wasn’t a secondary option, he was attacking, creating and knocking down shots. Abdur-Rahkman finished with 16 points and career-high nine assists for the Wolverines.

  • Champswest

    I thought this was Chatman’s best game. He played with confidence, made a couple of baskets and had two assist. It would be great if he could build on this.

  • Fab 5 Legends

    good game overall by Michigan, these are the performances you want regardless of win or lose…i think the last game of the season at home against Iowa will be the deciding factor if we can sneak in the tourny or not…regardless of what we do in the bigten tourny…great game by Donnal, MAAR…hope it continues for both of them…Chatman did play well when he came into the game…glad he got a chance, hopefully he can build on this too…i think we can beat Maryland on a neutral court…i would rather see them over Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, Iowa in the tournament

  • GTFOmycourt

    MAAR was our most impressive guard and you can see his willingness take on a bigger role grow each game. Happy for Donnal, MAAR and Chatman!

    Maryland annoys me. What is the deal with Trimble? overrated? He is a good college player but he is a 21 year old Sophmore. If drafted I would be willing to bet he will be an absolute bust. The only things that suggest NBA are his quickness and his savy flops. Take away his cool name and his (over)confidence and I don’t see much else that would put him in the NBA.

  • Mattski

    Emergence of MAAR, Donnal, and Chatman all positive developments, if not for this than next season. I don’t think it’s necessarily possible to say the refs won you or lost you a game–and you expect the home team to get home cooking. But I’d still make the refs one of my five game highlights.

  • NorthernBlue

    It’ll really hurt if no tourney this year. I think this team can do it though. 2 – 1 probably gets us in at large, 1 – 2 w 1 conference tourney win probably gets us play in game which I would take. Just keep getting better everyday. Tourney experience will be huge for next year. Really hope Donnall can go all in and really get stronger, leaner and more confident, aggressive next year, much like this game. He could be an X factor. Our defense makes me cringe.