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Maryland Slides Past Belmont 79-77, Will Face LSU in Second Round

March 22, 2019 - 8:53 am

By Joe Schiller

It wasn’t pretty but in the NCAA tournament, a win is a win and Mark Turgeon will take every one of them.

Despite 35 points from Dylan Windler and a furious start by Belmont, Maryland overcame deficits and inched out a 79-77 win on Thursday afternoon to earn their first NCAA tournament victory since 2016.

That year, the Terps reached the Sweet Sixteen. They’ll try to do the same on Saturday as they face No. 3 seed LSU.

The Mount Saint Joseph High School tandem led the way for the Terps. Freshman center Jalen Smith showed up in his first tournament game, leading Maryland with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Darryl Morsell added 18 points while Bruno Fernando posted 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Maryland trailed for most of the first half and found themselves six points down to the No. 11 seed Bruins. They came out of in the second half and outscored Belmont 45-37 to make it a close battle.

It was Morsell who came through in the clutch for one of his most impressive performances as a Terp to date. He collected two steals in the final five seconds, including the game-sealer to secure Maryland’s victory.

It’s survive and advance.

Maryland will hope to pull off the upset against LSU on Saturday to continue their tournament run.