The Maryland Terrapins (9-1) pulled away from the Howard Bison (1-6) in a win on Wednesday.
Michael Cekovsky and Jaylen Brantley had very good games against the Bison. Cekovsky scored 16 points in only his third career start. Brantley put in 14, on four 3-pointers in a 79-56 win against Howard. The three-point game was instrumental to the Terps’ victory.
“We wanted to work inside-out,” guard Kevin Huerter said. “If we started getting the ball inside, they were going to crash down, and we could get wide open shots from there.”
The game wasn’t always peaches and cream. Maryland basketball got off to a slow start before pulling away with a 15-2 run before halftime.
“We just talked about playing harder, having our guys play harder,” said Terps head coach Mark Turgeon. “It’s that simple.”
Huerter began that stretch for the Terps, blocking a shot and allowing Terps freshman guard Anthony Cowan to lay it up on the other end.
“I think for that stretch, it was big because we started getting stops to open up the half and we were able to get out and run, I think I hit a 3 in that stretch and I kind of felt better with my shot,” Huerter said. “I think it got everything else going.”
Turgeon also raved about Huerter’s play.
“Kevin’s got point guard skills,” Turgeon said. “You look at his numbers – he was three for four [from the field], I think two for three from 3-[point range]. He had four assists, no turnovers, a block. He really had good numbers and kind of let the game flow … I thought Kevin’s  minutes were good. Just kind of quietly a real good game.”
Cekovsky went 8 for 9 from the floor, tying his career high. He also started the game 5-5, playing lights out around the basket. This was in addition to three blocked shots. He played in relief of the injured Damonte Dodd, who is out due to a sprained left MCL.
Dodd will not play least two more games. He will be re-evaluated after those two games. Dodd is also the team leader in blocked shots with 17.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble didn’t play so well, only scoring 10 points and 4 assists.
Charles Williams scored 21 and Solomon Mangham poured in 16 for Howard.