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Catamounts Unable to Overcome Slow Start at Maryland

Redshirt junior Tyzhaun Claude finished in double figures for the second straight game with 12 points, but Western Carolina was unable to overcome a cold shooting first half in a 71-51 setback to Maryland inside XFINITY Center on Thursday night.

Maryland improves to 2-0 while WCU drops to 0-2.

Claude tallied 12 points, seven rebounds, and one block. Senior Tyler Harris tallied eight points along with freshman Marcus Kell in his collegiate debut. Redshirt juniors Tre Jackson and Russell Jones Jr. both finished with seven points.

Julian Reese led Maryland with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Jahmir Young finished in double figures with 16 points along with Hakim Hart with 10 points.

The Terrapins opened the game on a 6-0 spurt and led 10-5 following a Reese layup at the 14:31 mark. A Bernard Pelote free throw brought the Catamounts within two, 10-8, with 13:46 left before Maryland pushed its lead to 20-10 on a Hart bucket just past the midpoint of the half. The teams went scoreless for nearly the next three minutes until a Vonterius Woolbright layup made the score 20-12 with just over six minutes to play. After Harris drained a 3-pointer to make the score 25-15 with 85 seconds left, the Terrapins closed the opening stanza on a 7-0 run to lead 32-15 at halftime.

WCU opened the second half scoring with a pair of Claude baskets to pull within 13, 32-19, with just over 18 minutes left. A Hart 3-pointer pushed the Maryland lead back to 20, 41-21, at the 15:51 mark. The Terrapin lead hovered between 17 and 21 points over the next five minutes before Donta Scott’s dunk put the hosts ahead 61-31 with 7:38 left. Following a Noah Batchelor 3-pointer that gave Maryland a 70-37 lead at the 3:28 mark, the Catamounts closed the game on a 14-1 run with a Kell 3-pointer serving as the game’s final basket.

Maryland went 27-for-61 (44.3 percent) from the field. The Catamounts finished the game 17-for-63 (27 percent) from the field. WCU shot 20 percent in the opening half and 33.3 percent in the second. Maryland held a 41-40 edge in rebounds with the Catamounts outrebounding Maryland 14-8 on the offensive glass.

Western Carolina makes its 2022-23 season home debut on Ingles Court at the Ramsey Center on Sunday (Nov. 13), hosting Brescia (Ky.) at 4 p.m., in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN+ (paid subscription required) with live streaming audio from the Catamount Sports Network.

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