Excitement at Maryland over visit by President Obama
COLLEGE PARK--The scene at Comcast Center was electric pregame, the year’s biggest crowd and President Barack Obama walking in to a roar from the crowd minutes before tip-off.
But the performance the Terrapins put on Sunday evening was less than presidential coming out in the early second half, falling behind by as many as 12 points in the last 20 minutes and unable to crawl out of the hole in a 90-83 loss to Oregon State.
Roberto Nelson, Oregon State’s leading scorer coming into the game, scored 31 points. He was complemented by forward Devon Collier, who added 29 points.
Dez Wells led Maryland with 23 points in the losing effort.
Oregon State 90, Maryland 83
President Barack Obama and the First Family were greeted with applause at Comcast Center when they entered shortly before tip-off in College Park. Security was heightened for his arrival, but most fans were in their seats when Obama took his behind the Oregon State bench.
ROBERTO NELSON DOING ROBERT NELSON THINGS
When a player comes into a game averaging a flat 30 points per game, there ought to be something to it. Roberto Nelson will take shakes, that Maryland knew, and he did on Sunday evening.
Nelson hit 9-of-17 shots from the floor and was also an impressive 12-of-14 from the free throw line.
BEAVERS DOING WORK IN PAINT
Oregon State shot 59.2 percent from the floor, due in part to its emphasis on working the ball inside and exploiting the Terrapins when they were in foul trouble.
Forward Devon Collier finished with 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting and added 11 rebounds. With Charles Mitchell in foul trouble, the Beavers went right at him in the second half
RODDY PETERS' COMING OUT PARTY
There were questions in the preseason about the number of mistakes freshman point guard Roddy Peters would make if he were given significant minutes at the lead guard position.
He answered many of those questions on Sunday. He can be counted on to produce. He finished with 10 points, six assists, and two turnovers.