Terps Snap Skid with Win at Rutgers Tuesday

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Rutgers (13-17, 2-15)
 Maryland (23-7, 11-5)

(AP) -- Maryland got its big guy going in the second half and that's all it needed against Rutgers to get back on track.

Center Damonte Dodd scored six points inside in a 17-6 spurt to start the second half and Maryland avoided its first four-game losing streak since the 2004-05 season with a 79-59 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night.

"I thought Damonte's energy really got us going and then on the defensive end with the rebounding, he ran the floor hard and opened things up," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said.

Dodd had all nine of his points and six of his seven rebounds in the second half for the Terrapins (23-7, 11-6 Big Ten).

Maryland did not put a scorer into double figures until Ivan Bender (10 points) scored on a layup with 4:07 to play. L.G. Gill also had 10.

Mike Williams had 14 points to lead Rutgers (13-17, 2-15), which has lost six in a row and 16 of 18. C.J. Gettys added 12 points and Deshawn Freeman had 11.

Leading 32-28 at the half, Maryland took control after Gettys cut the lead to two points with a basket.

Dodd scored on a layup, Kevin Huerter and Trimble hit 3-pointers and Dodd scored on a follow to make it 42-30. After consecutive baskets by Williams cut the lead to 42-34, Dodd scored on a slam, Huerter hit a jumper and Dion Wiley hit a 3-pointer to make it 49-34 and Rutgers trailed by double figures the rest of the way.

"In the huddle I just said let's try to start off defensively and get as many stops as possible," said Dodd, who was limited to six minutes in the opening half after picking up two fouls. "I know we can score so it was important we get stops."

Trimble said Dodd really stepped up.

"He played really well in the second half," Trimble said. "We had to get him going."

Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said his team played well for a half.

"I thought Maryland played hungry," he said. "We played one half the way I wanted to play. Unfortunately, when you play a top-25 caliber team with elite guards, you have to play better than that. I'm very disappointed with how we played today, especially in the second half."

Maryland is 11-2 in road games, including 7-2 in the conference.

The Terps welcome Michigan State on Saturday at 2 p.m. at XFINITY Center for Senior Day.


Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon Quotes

Opening Statement: "(I’m) obviously really proud of my team. Rutgers is a team that's played everyone tough for the most part in this building. A lot of games have come down to the last few possessions. I thought we were good the whole game. The first half I thought we turned it over a bit too much and we didn't get too many rebounds. But the second half was as good as we've been in a while and we we're a lot more physical on defense and with our rebounding. We rebounded great and we really executed and shared the ball. Almost every possession in the second half we got what we wanted, got a good look and executed. I'm just really proud of my team. I can talk about this guy or that guy, but I thought all 10 guys really played well. We needed it and I'm proud of my team."

On the play of Damonte Dodd: "I thought Damonte’s energy really got us going and then on the defensive end with the rebounding, he ran the floor hard and opened things up. Whenever you hit back-to-back three's, it makes everything look a lot better. I thought Damonte changed the game with his activity level in the second half and with his rebounding."

On the play of his defense as a whole: "We were just good. We were dialed-in and our rotations defensively were better. We haven't really guarded great in the past couple of games and we guarded well tonight. Our rotations were good and we guarded the ball well."

On what Trimble's play at the end of the first half provided his team: "That was big because I thought we should have been up by more than four at half, to be honest with you. We weren't and I was disappointed. We got the ball to start the second half. We just spoke about being mentally tougher and when things aren't going well just to keep fighting. We did that all night. Melo was terrific. He only had 11 points but I thought he was dominating out there. He had seven assists and did a pretty good job defensively and boxing out tonight."

On how his team's confidence improved: "I think we were confident in the first half, but Rutgers is pretty good. I know they're not getting the wins, but they're a good team and they're well coached and play hard. It was a great crowd tonight. But I think when you make shots and things go well, you can take a deep breath. The thing is, we didn't let up.  We just kept playing really until a minute thirty left in the second half. We didn't guard well in those final three possessions, but our guys stayed dialed into the game plan and executed."