On Wednesday, Northwestern suffered a 74-64 loss to Maryland. Led by Melo Trimble’s career-high 32 points, the Terrapins moved to 10-3 in conference play, while the Wildcats dropped to 8-5. Here’s how each individual played against Maryland.
Vic Law - B-
12 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 3 blocks, 1 steal on 4/12 FG, 1/6 3FG, 3/4 FT in 36 minutes
Law appeared to be exhausted after playing 40 minutes against Wisconsin on Sunday. While he did his best to guard Trimble, the junior guard just couldn’t be stopped. Law also struggled offensively, yet another sign that he was just dead-tired.
Dererk Pardon - B+
11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 2 blocks, 2 steals on 5/6 FG, 1/6 FT in 33 minutes
One of the few bright spots from this game was Pardon’s dominance inside. Whenever the Wildcats found him in the paint, he was able to convert, only missing one shot. He did airball two free throws down the stretch, but overall, his performance was very encouraging.
Bryant McIntosh - C+
9 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 turnovers on 3/13 FG, 0/5 3FG, 3/4 FT in 31 minutes
McIntosh couldn’t find the touch offensively against Maryland. Picking up three fouls in the first half certainly didn’t help, but McIntosh needs to be aware of how important he is to the team. Getting into foul trouble put Northwestern in a hole it couldn’t escape.
Sanjay Lumpkin - B+
6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 0 turnovers, 1 block on 3/6 FG, 0/1 FT in 29 minutes
Lumpkin had a decent game against the Terrapins. He did a little bit of everything; he even finished with the best plus/minus among the starters. Lumpkin also held Justin Jackson, Maryland’s second-leading scorer, to an ugly shooting night.
Nate Taphorn - B
6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover on 2/5 FG, 2/5 3FG in 23 minutes
With his second-straight starting nod Taphorn did what he usually does: Space the floor. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to contribute anywhere else. With Scottie Lindsey returning to the lineup on Saturday, Taphorn will be able to slide back into his bench role.
Isiah Brown - B+
19 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 turnovers, 1 block, 2 steals on 6/15 FG, 2/6 3FG, 5/6 FT in 26 minutes
Tonight was Brown’s breakout performance. He has a few silly turnovers and some questionable shot selection, but overall, he had a positive impact on the team. His play sparked the Wildcats to a rally late in the game.
Gavin Skelly - B-
0 points, 0 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block on 0/2 FG in 15 minutes
Skelly came up with a few hustle plays throughout the game, including a chase-down block. He couldn’t get anything going on offense though, so Chris Collins kept his minutes in check. With Pardon playing so well and Lindsey returning, it’s unlikely that Skelly will crack 20 minutes again this season.
Barret Benson - N/A
1 point, 1 steal on 0/0 FG, 1/2 FT in 6 minutes
Benson barely played, and didn’t do a whole lot during his time on the court.
Jordan Ash - N/A
Ash was subbed in at the end of the game for defense and fouling.