After a mostly quiet second half from Jahmir Young, the Maryland guard kept finding ways to keep the Terps in the game.
Young ended a Maryland drought with a three as the Terps trailed by eight points with just more than three minutes to go. Then, as the Terps trailed by three with 38 seconds remaining, Young attacked the rim and flung the ball up, drawing the foul and making the basket.
He converted on the and-one to tie the game up. But with less than a minute remaining, the two teams’ greatest differential showed again. Davidson and Maryland both attempted a three-pointer. The Wildcats — who shot 8-for-15 from deep — made theirs, and the Terps — who went 5-for-23 from three-point range — did not.
Maryland’s miss with five seconds remaining resulted in a 64-61 defeat on Friday in Asheville, North Carolina. The Terps will take on the loser of UAB and Clemson in the consolation game of the Ashville Championship on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Davidson guard Bobby Durkin hit the dagger, making his fourth three-pointer of the night with 13 seconds left in the game. The Terps had a quality chance to answer, but Noah Batchelor missed the potential tying three with five seconds left.
The Wildcats couldn’t secure the defensive rebound, giving Maryland another chance with three seconds to go. But the Terps’ inbound pass was deflected, and they couldn’t get another shot up.
Aside from Young and forward Julian Reese, who scored 18 and 16 points, respectively, no Terp made more than two shots from the field.
After Maryland jumped out to a 9-5 lead early in Asheville, Davidson scored 10 unanswered points to jump ahead.
The Terps (1-1) tried getting Reese involved from the outset, but the Wildcats kept sending double teams at the junior, forcing Reese to swing it out to the perimeter.
There, Maryland struggled. The Terps shot 3-for-15 from three in the opening 20 minutes. Young was responsible for two of them — he notched a team-high 10 points and three assists in the first half.
Davidson (2-0) attempted 36 threes in its season-opener, but the Terps consistently chased the Wildcats off the three-point line early on, limiting them to just eight first-half attempts. Still, Davidson’s four first-half makes bested the Terps’ mark from deep. The Wildcats held on to a narrow lead for a majority of the half and coach Kevin Willard’s squad entered the break trailing 33-32.