Cekovsky steps up, leads Terps to 79-56 victory over Howard

By Steven Dilsizian

In the absence of senior big man Damonte Dodd (sprained MCL, left leg), the Terps looked to an even bigger man in the 7-foot-1 Michal Cekovsky. The junior tied his career-high 16 points Wednesday in the Terps’ 79-56 win over Howard.

While Cekovsky stepped up, going 8 for 9 from the field, the Terps’ star Melo Trimble fell silent. Trimble tallied only 10 points and did not drive to the hoop as often as he typically does. Instead, it was junior guard Jaylen Brantley who stepped up, recording 14 points.

Maryland started the game cold and took an excessive amount of three point shots. The Terps took 14 of the first 19 shots from long range. Coach Mark Turgeon said that the team did not following the game plan in the first half.

“We had some great looks in the first half, but we watched a lot of film and one of our keys was to play inside-out and our guys weren’t doing it,” Turgeon said. “That was the disappointing part, so I had to go into halftime and yell.”

Maryland started the second half strong and never looked back. The Terps pushed the ball inside to the big men, which was Turgeon’s original game plan. That opened up offensive opportunities for the rest of the team.

The big question for Maryland now revolves around the depth players and if they can continue to be effective in helping make an impact on offense.