COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland continues its non-conference slate as it welcomes Oregon State to Comcast Center Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. on ESPNU.
TV: ESPNU – Eamon McAnaney (Play-by-Play), Len Elmore (Analyst) and Andy Katz (Sideline)
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst); Walt Williams(Sideline)
• Maryland has won 30 consecutive non-conference games at Comcast Center since falling to William & Mary, 83-77, on Dec. 30, 2009. The Terps won all 10 of their home non-conference games last season by an average of 20.1 points.
• The Terps overcame a sluggish start against Abilene Christian Wednesday when they mounted a 29-0 run to close the game in emphatic fashion and win, 67-44. The Wildcats’ final point of the game came with 14:12 remaining in the second half.
• Maryland has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 47-11 in the final 11:50 of its first two games. UConn and ACU shot a combined 5-for-25 (.200) with 13 turnovers during that time period. UConn was 5-of-10 with six turnovers, while ACU was 0-of-15 with seven turnovers.
• Junior Evan Smotrycz is averaging 12.0 ppg after pouring in 13 points against UConn and 11 versus Abilene Christian. He is the first player to notch double-digit point totals in his first two games in a Maryland uniform sinceAlex Len scored 14 and 13 points on Dec. 28 and Dec. 31, 2011, respectively.
• Maryland point guard Seth Allen sustained a fracture in his left foot during practice on Oct. 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks. Roddy Peters started as Maryland’s point guard against Abilene Christian.
Last Time Out
Maryland overcame a lackluster start against an upstart Abilene Christian side Wednesday at Comcast Center when it finished the contest on a 29-0 run to win, 67-44.
Abilene Christian shot 12-of-30 from the field in the first half, with six of those field goals coming beyond the 3-point arc. The Wildcats’ Parker Wentz posted 13 first half points (3-4 3-pt) to guide the visiting side to a surprising 30-29 halftime advantage.
The Terps responded in the second half, however, as Charles Mitchell took advantage of his size and dominated the post to the tune of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Abilene Christian did not register a single point in the final 14 minutes of the game.
The Wildcats were also held to zero free throw attempts – a feat that Maryland had not accomplished since Feb. 6, 1993 vs. Georgia Tech.
Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State returns four starters to a side that finished 14-18 (4-14 Pac-12) last season.The Beavers have solid experience as they carry six seniors on the roster. Tonight marks the first meeting in history between Maryland and Oregon State.
The Beavers earned their first victory of the season on Wednesday as they defeated Portland, 79-73. OSU fell in its season opener to Baltimore foe Coppin State on Nov. 10, 78-73.
Senior Roberto Nelson has gotten off to a sizzling start this season with 60 points through his first two games. Nelson posted 36 points against Coppin State before adding 24 points versus Portland. Angus Brandt and Devon Collier each chipped in double-doubles for the Beavers against Portland.
On Non-Conference Foes
With its defeat of Abilene Christian Wednesday, Maryland has now won 30 consecutive non-conference contests at Comcast Center dating back to the 2009-10 season when the Terps fell to William & Mary, 83-77, on December 30, 2009.
The Terps dominated their non-conference home slate last season, winning all 10 games by an average margin of 20.1 points.
In total, Maryland is 23-5 in all non-conference competitions dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
Layman Sparks Terps Again
Jake Layman’s ability to score in bunches when the Terps need a lift has become habit for the sophomore through the first two games of the season.
Maryland was shooting just 1-for-12 from 3-point range before Layman knocked down three 3-pointers in a span of 3:23 to spark the Terps’ remarkable 29-0 run. Layman was the catalyst for 14 of the first 18 points in the run. Layman also had nine points in an 11-0 run against UConn in the season opener.
Locking Down in Crunch Time
Maryland has cracked down on its defense in crunch time this season, outscoring opponents by a combined total of 47-11 in the final 11:50 of action (27-11 vs. UConn, 20-0 vs. ACU).
Through the first two games, UConn and ACU shot a combined 5-for-25 (.200) with 13 turnovers during that time period. UConn was 5-of-10 with six turnovers, while ACU was 0-of-15 with seven turnovers.
Terps Fall to #19 UConn in Nail-Biter
Maryland showed incredible resiliency in its season-opener against No. 19 Connecticut last Friday at Barclays Center, climbing back from a 17-point second half deficit to earn an opportunity for a game-winning shot in the waning seconds. With six seconds remaining on the clock, Evan Smotrycz inbounded the ball to Dez Wells at the elbow, but the junior’s game-winning bid rimmed out as UConn held on for the 78-77 victory.
Junior Nick Faust had a team-high 17 points, including a critical string of consecutive baskets toward the end of the game, while Wells finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Smotrycz had 13 points and nine rebounds in his Terrapin debut, sparking Maryland with a 4-for-4 shooting start.
Varun Ram appeared in his first contest in a Maryland uniform, while freshmen Roddy Peters (18 mins., 5 pts.) andDamonte Dodd made their collegiate debuts.
• Guard Seth Allen broke his left foot in practice on October 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks. Dez Wells started at point guard in the exhibition against Catholic.
• Evan Smotrycz became the first player since Alex Len to record double-digit point totals in the first two games of his Maryland career.
• Maryland won 25 games in a season for the ninth time in school history last year. The Terps also won 25 or more in 1971-72 (27), 1984-85 (25), 1994-95 (26), 1998-99 (28), 1999-2000 (25), 2000-01 (25), 2001-02 (32) and 2006-07 (25). Mark Turgeon is the third Maryland coach to achieve the feat, joining Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams.
• Turgeon’s winning percentage of .600 (42-28) through his first two seasons is the best mark by a Maryland coach in program history. Bud Millikan had a .592 winning percentage, Gary Williams had a .574 mark and Lefty Driesell garnered a .519 percentage.
• The Terps appeared in the NIT for the eighth time in school history last year, and hold a 14-7 record in the tournament.
• The NIT appearance marked the ninth time in the last 11 years that head coach Mark Turgeon has led his team to the postseason. Turgeon led Wichita State to the NIT in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2006. He then led Texas A&M to the NCAA second round all four of his years in College Station (2008-11).
• Head coach Mark Turgeon’s teams have won at least 20 games in five of the last six seasons and eight of the last 10.
• Maryland set a single-season record for games played (38) last season. The previous record was 37 in 1984-85.
• Maryland did not beat a ranked opponent in either of the two seasons prior to last year. The Terps had three wins over a ranked team last year: No. 14/15 NC State (Jan. 16), No. 2/1 Duke (Feb. 16), and No. 2/2 Duke (March 15).
• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on last season was tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32.