Player Grades: Maryland 74, Penn State 68

Maryland moved to 17-8 (8-6) after Saturday afternoon’s 74-68 win over Penn State, marking their fourth win in five games. The win gives Maryland its program-record tenth consecutive Big Ten home win and while Maryland will now have five days until they host top-ranked Purdue for a 6:30 PM tipoff, we break down player grades from today’s win.

Jahmir Young: B 

Young was one of three players to finish in double figures, chiming in 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting while also convert six of his nine attempts from the line. Saturday marked the eleventh straight game that Young finished in double figures and the veteran guard did well taking care of the basketball with just one turnover to his four assists, but he and Carey found themselves with their hands full trying to limit Penn State’s three-point shooting. Still, Young was able to make up for it on the offensive end where 13 of his 18 points came over the final 20 minutes. Young also finished 6-of-8 from the line in the second half. 

Don Carey: C+ 

After sitting the second half and finishing 0-of-4 against Michigan State, Carey was able to get back on track as he knocked down a triple in the opening minutes of the game. Carey finished just 2-of-4 from the field in 21 minutes, including ten in the second half, while Penn State guard Jalen Pickett finished with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

Julian Reese: B+ 

Reese finished with 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting while adding another five rebounds. The versatile forward took time to settle into the game as the Nittany Lions but was able to work his way around the rim for six points early, including consecutive buckets to push Maryland’s lead to 11-3 eight minutes into the game. But Reese made his way the bench for roughly the final four minutes of the first half after picking up his second personal foul. In the second half, the big man was caught off guard when Penn State turned to Myles Dread to fill the void at the five due to foul trouble, but Reese settled in to give Maryland its low post presence before the Nittany Lions converged in the paint over the final 12 minutes. Still, Reese was a primary reason why Maryland was able to outscore Penn State 28-20 in the paint. And watch out–Reese has now scored in double figures in eight of his last ten games.

Donta Scott: A-

After Maryland shot 3-of-22 against Michigan State, Scott gave Maryland a refreshing start after opening the game’s scoring with a triple. While his form has always looked smooth, Scott struggled to connect from deep as he finished just 1-of-5. But it was his midrange and touch around the rim that helped Maryland maintain momentum during Penn State’s hot shooting streak. With the game tied at 47 midway through the second half, Maryland turned to Scott on consecutive possessions where he was able to knock down a jumper then back his man down in the paint to give Maryland a quick four-point lead. In the end, he finished with nine points and ten rebounds in 38 minutes. Scott also moved to 22nd in program history in career rebounds with 648.

Hakim Hart: A+

The senior took over in the second half to guide Maryland to a win, finishing with 15 points on 6-of-7 over the final 20 minutes, and it was a complete performance scoring from inside and out. Hart was able to convert in the midrange and absorb contact at the rim, drawing a pair of and-one opportunities while he knocked down a triple in the closing minutes. Hakim “Mr. Do-It-All” Hart also chimed in five boards and four assists in the win and led by his season-high 23 points, was a big reason why Maryland was able to finish shooting over 50% from the field.

Ian Martinez: A- 

It wouldn’t be a classic Ian Martinez performance without a highlight play and he delivered exactly that on Saturday. After knocking down a pair of free-throws roughly eight minutes into the game, the high-flying guard flushed home an alley-oop from Jahmir Young in the first half to push Maryland’s lead to 18-6. Martinez would convert another dunk at the rim, marking his only two field goal attempts in the win, while finishing a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. For a Maryland team who has struggled consistently shooting the ball from three, Martinez’s performance vs. Penn State marked the latest game where the junior guard emerged as a reliable scoring option off the bench.

Patrick Emilien: C 

Emilien was one of two Terps without a field goal in the win as he finished with three fouls and a pair of turnovers in 17 minutes. Emilien’s efficiency went beyond the statbook as he helped give Maryland the low post defense it needed with Reese flirting with foul trouble to close the first half. Emilien didn’t attempt a shot in the win. 

Jahari Long: N/A

Long hasn’t looked to become a scorer in Maryland’s second unit, rather facilitating the offense to allow guys like Ian Martinez to thrive off the ball. Long also did not attempt a shot in the win and played just four minutes.

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