Three-point explosion buries Maryland in loss to Florida State

Three-point explosion buries Maryland in loss to Florida State
January 12, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Maryland looks to rebound against Noles

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The last time a Maryland team was in Tallahassee, Randy Edsall’s Terrapins lost 63-0 at the hands of the eventual national champions. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was the one who carved Maryland up on that day, on his way to a Heisman-winning season.

Sunday night wasn’t much better.

This time it was the Maryland basketball team, picked apart by a three-point barrage by the Seminole and 20 points from senior guard Ian Miller in a 85-61 loss at Donald L. Tucker Center.

Florida State’s previous season high for three-point field goals made in a game was nine. On Sunday, they nearly doubled that. Maryland surrendered 16-of-24 shooting from three-point range, failing to close out on the perimeter off of dribble penetration and freeing the Seminoles on the outside.

Maryland has now suffered back-to-back 20-point losses for the first time since Nov. 2008.

More analysis below.

FINAL

Florida State 85, Maryland 61

[RELATED: Maryland sports all-black uniforms Sunday vs. Florida State]

HEADLINES

FLORIDA STATE CAN’T MISS

Florida State is a team that shoots around the 30 percent mark from three-point range on the season. The Seminoles tied their season-high in three-point field goals made within 17 minutes of game time.

That, of course, was in part due to Maryland’s poor perimeter defense. Any team that gets as many open looks as the Seminoles got in the first half will take advantage of them. Possession after possession Maryland left shooters open off of dribble penetration or even just simple ball movement around the arc.

Ian Miller was a scorching hot 5-of-6 from three through 20 minutes.

TURNOVERS (AGAIN)

Offensive possessions that end in turnovers are wasted possessions and Maryland had 11 of them in the first half. That helped Florida State to get out in the open floor.

Maryland settled down (somewhat) in the second half, only turning it over four times, but the 15 turnovers on the night buried the Terrapins.

DEZ WELLS: LONE BRIGHT SPOT

Turgeon gameplan coming in was to attack the Florida State shot blockers and get them into foul trouble. Of anyone else on the team, Wells did that. He scored a team-high 15 points but took just four shots. He hit 9-of-10 shots from the free-throw line to get him into double digits.

That stands in stark contrast to the team’s shooting output from the perimeter, hitting just 3-of-17 shots overall from deep.