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

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 on Thursday night in the 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 three-pointer, laid up and added two free throws in an 11-1 run that narrowed Maryland’s deficit to 46-45 early in the second half and his three-pointer with 4 minutes left capped a 10-1 sprint gave the Terrapins their first lead since midway through the first half at 73-72. Matt Grace answered with a basket to put the Spiders back in front, but they missed their next five shots as Maryland scored seven straight runs to make it 80-74 when Russell hit a step-back three-pointer late in the shot clock at 1:12 about.

Grant Golden led Richmond (3-3) with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. Nick Sherod and Jacob Gilyard each scored 14 points and Tyler Burton, who went into the game averaging 19.8 points per game, added 11.

Sherod hit three 3-pointers on a 20-7 run that gave Richmond a 12-point lead before Ayala made a 3 to make it 41-32 at halftime. The Spiders, who went into the game 28th nationally with a 3-point field goals percentage of 40.6%, made 8 of 22 from behind the arch – including 3 of 11 after halftime.

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

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


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