|March Madness - Maryland Defeats Belmont 79-77 - Recap|
Maryland got 19 points from Jalen Smith as they ran past Belmont 79-77 on Thursday at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
Maryland won the battle on the scoreboard, but not at the payout window as they failed to cover the -3.5-point spread.
Darryl Morsell had 18 points for Maryland and Bruno Fernando chipped in with 14 points. Anthony Cowan had 6 assists for them, while Bruno Fernando was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 13 boards.
Belmont got 35 points from Dylan Windler in a losing cause and another 19 points from Kevin McClain. Nick Muszynski contributed 4 assists for them, while Dylan Windler had 11 rebounds.
First-half bettors who backed Belmont were victorious, as the score was 40-35 at the break.
Maryland had a 39-36 advantage in the rebounding department as they won the battle in the paint.