The Bulldogs shot 32.1 percent (17 of 53), but made just three of their first 20 shots and went more than eight minutes in the first half without a basket, falling behind 21-8.
“We wanted to decrease possessions today… Our gameplan was to give them one shot by packing our defense in and using our matchup zone,” said South Carolina State head coach Tim Carter, who added that the Bulldogs’ plan was foiled by their own poor shooting.
“When we’re not hitting shots, we’re not going to be very good,” added Carter. “We did a good job defensively. If we had hit our shots it may have been a different game.”
South Carolina State trailed just 11-7 with 13:38 to play in the first half before hitting a cold stretch during which the Bulldogs were outscored 10-1.
Toombs hit back-to-back 3-pointers to close the margin to 21-14 and force Maryland into a timeout. Following the timeout, the Terrapins ran off a 10-0 stretch with Logan Aronhalt and Seth Allen starting the run with 3-pointers for a 27-14 lead.
Maryland scored twice again before the Bulldogs snapped their four-minute scoreless streak with a basket and two free throws over the final minute of the half to close to 31-18 at halftime.