Terps Pound Noles

Updated: February 8, 2014

Seth Allen scored 21 of his career high 32 points in the first half, leading Maryland past Florida State 83-71 on Saturday afternoon at the Comcast Center. Allen was 11-of-15 from the floor, including a white hot 7-of-10 from beyond the arc.

With Allen in scoring mode, Dez Wells took over floor general duties, scoring 15 points while adding a game high six assists. Jake Layman was the only other Terrapin in double figures, finishing with a dozen points. Coach Mark Turgeon, who has been stressing that defense will make a difference down the home stretch, had to be pleased with the team effort. FSU (14-9, 5-6) was held to under 40& from the floor, only 24-of-63 on the afternoon from the floor. Maryland, now 14-10 overall and 6-5 in the conference, exacted a little bit of pay back, still smarting from the drubbing at the hands of the Noles, 85-61 last month in Tallahassee.

Next week is critical for Maryland’s bid to return to the post season. The Terrapins will travel to Charlottesville on Monday night to take on Virginia as Turgeon has one more chance to beat the Cavaliers. UVA is in second place in the ACC, just one game back of unbeaten (in ACC play) Syracuse. The game will be carried on ESPN, but has been pushed back from 7 to 9pm, due to President Obama’s trip to the area that afternoon.

Next Saturday night, the Terps will make their last trip to Durham for a meeting with third place Duke. The Blue Devils game will also be on ESPN, this one tipping at 6pm. With four of their last five games at home, Maryland is setting up for a potential big run closing out regular season play and a potential strong seed in their final ACC tournament.

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