Hart, Ayala helping Maryland rally, beat Richmond 86-80

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NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) – Hakim Hart scored 19 of his season-high 24 points in the second half, Eric Ayala added 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Maryland rallied to beat Richmond 86-80 Thursday night at Baha. Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship.

Fatts Russell had 15 points – 11 in the second half – and six assists and Qudus Wahab scored 13 points for Maryland (5-1).

Hart hit a 3-pointer, made a layup and added two penalty throws in an 11-1 run that trimmed Maryland’s deficit to 46-45 early in the second half, and his 3-pointer with 4 minutes left ended a sprint of 10- 1 it gave the Terrapins their first lead since midway through the first half at 73-72. Matt Grace responded with a basket to bring the Spiders back in front, but they missed their next five shots as Maryland scored seven straight points to make it 80-74 as Russell hit a receding 3-pointer with 1:12 left late on the shot clock.

Grant Golden led Richmond (3-3) with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. Nick Sherod and Jacob Gilyard scored 14 points each, and Tyler Burton, who competed with an average of 19.8 points per game. match, added 11.

Sherod hit three 3-pointers during a 20-7 run that gave Richmond a 12-point lead before Ayala made a 3 to 41-32 at the break. The spiders that went into the fight ranked as number 28 nationally in the 3-point field goal percentage of 40.6%, making 8 of 22 behind the arc – including 3 of 11 after the break.

Terrapins made 20 of 25 from the free throw line. Richmond hit 12 of 20.

Maryland is 27-15 all the time against the Spiders and has won 10 straight in the series.


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