COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The gas light started blinking with about 11 minutes left in the second half.
By that time Maryland was milking Boston College for the kinds of shots it wanted.
Logan Aronhalt got free for a 3-pointer, the shot he specifically transferred from Albany to College Park to take.
Shaquille Cleare, used mostly for muscle around the rim, was running the floor for layups.
For BC, the wildly deep 3-pointers that Lonnie Jackson hit earlier in the game from the “Gary Williams Court” logo were no longer going down, and instead Maryland’s Jake Layman was knocking down corner threes.
The Terrapins were on a 12-1 run, the kind that decides games, and BC coach Steve Donahue knew his team was too gassed to do anything about it.
“I thought we looked tired at that point,” Donahue said. “I thought we guarded up until that point on defense fairly well. But during that stretch, they did a very good job, they got shots, they made them and unfortunately I just thought we lost our intensity at that point.”
The Eagles were never quite out of it, but relying by and large on six players in a belligerent environment in front of 13,941 fans at the Comcast Center, they didn’t have enough fuel to make a push.
They had to eat a 64-59 loss, their third straight overall and their second straight on the road, dropping them to 9-9 (1-4 in the ACC).
They’ve dropped games to NC State, Wake Forest, and Miami by a combined 9 points, and they had to watch another winnable game slip through their fingers.
“We’ve just got to find a way to finish the games,” said Ryan Anderson (19 points, seven rebounds).
The Terrapins got a 16-point, 13-rebound effort from center Alex Len and another 15 points from Layman.
The Eagles did everything they could to spot Maryland an early lead.
Between Patrick Heckmann missing his first four 3-pointers, Danny Rubin missing his first two, and Jackson and Olivier Hanlan each clanging one, the Eagles misfired on their first eight shots from deep.
But they’ve leaned on the law of averages all season when it’s come to long-range shooting.
“Even if we start off slow, we know somebody’s going to start hitting threes and everybody’s going to build from that momentum,” said Hanlan. “You don’t really get nervous, it’s a long game.”
The only way to explain how BC was still hanging around would be to point to the seven turnovers Maryland committed in the first 13 minutes.
But the Eagles heated up to end the half, sparked by Hanlan (18 points) and Jackson.
The touch wore off in the second half, though, and it couldn’t have been more evident than when Jackson (9 points) tried another three from the “Gary Williams Court” logo late in the second half and came up empty.
Nothing broke their way late. Joe Rahon got fouled on a layup attempt with a little more than four minutes left, but watched the ball rim out. Then he missed the free throws.
With a chance to cut it to 56-54 Anderson went to work in the post, but got called for a travel. A few possessions later, Hanlan went to the rack hard for a layup that would have made it a 2-point game, but it rolled off the iron and he watched the Terps’ Dez Wells race the other way for a fast-break layup that put Maryland up, 58-52.
“It’s not like Maryland didn’t deserve to win and we deserved to win,” Donahue said. “We didn’t play good enough to beat them on the road. It’s just little things.”
In the end, it seemed like Mark Turgeon had an army of fresh legs to call on. Nine players scored from the floor the Terps. Aside from Len, no one played more than 28 minutes.
Hanlan was on the floor for all but two minutes for the Eagles. Anderson and Rahon played all but three. Jackson clocked 34.
“We don’t play as many guys as other teams in the ACC,’’ said Anderson. “We’ve got to be on the same accord when we’re out there on the court.”