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Maryland makes quick turnaround to visit Pitt Monday night

Posted on 05 January 2014 by WNST Staff

MARYLAND (10-5, 2-0 ACC) at PITT (13-1, 1-0 ACC)

Monday, January 6, 2014 • 7 p.m. ET

Petersen Events Center (12,508) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: ESPNU (Bob Picozzi and Kara Lawson)

Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 15th year at Pitt, 11th year as head coach (275-87); Maryland: Mark Turgeon, 3rd year at UM (52-33), 16th year overall (302-192).

Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; USA Today-ARV; Maryland: AP-NR; USA Today-NR.

Series: Pitt and Maryland meet for the eighth time in school history. Maryland holds a 5-2 advantage in the series which began on Feb. 15, 1977. The last time the two teams met was on Nov. 18, 2010 in the 2K Sports/Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden, a 79-70 Pitt win. Pitt has hosted Maryland on two different occasions: Feb. 11, 1978 (89-86 Pitt win in OT) and on Jan. 27, 1981 (69-66 UM win in OT). Both were played at Civic Arena.

 

GAME PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH–Pitt (13-1, 1-0 ACC) plays its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball game at home when it hosts Maryland (10-5, 2-0 ACC) for a Monday, January 6 contest at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.

The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU with Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and Kara Lawson (color analysis) making the call. Matthew Bartley will handle production. The broadcast was moved to ESPNU to accommodate coverage of the FBS national championship game on ESPN2.

Pitt has won its 13 games by an average of 17.9 points per game margin, all 13 wins have come by nine or more points and 10 of its 13 by 17 points or more. Offensively, the Panthers are averaging 76.7 points per game, converting 48.0 percent (379-789) of field goals, 33.0 percent (69-209) of 3-point field goals and an amazing school-record pace of 74.6 percent (247-331) of free throw attempts. Pitt is also outrebounding its opponents by a sizable plus-9.2 margin. Defensively, Pitt is holding its opponents to 58.9 points per game and yielding a 39.5 percent (295-747) field goal percentage. Thirteen of Pitt’s 14 opponents have been held to 70 points or less and eight have scored 60 points or less.

Pitt is 9-0 at home this year, on an 11-game home win streak and 19-game consecutive win streak against non-conference opponents at home. Pitt also owns a 110-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and has won 131 of its last 135 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.

Pitt hosts Maryland, its second ACC opponent, after registering a 74-62 victory at North Carolina State on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C. The Panthers battled all the way back from an early 17-2 first half deficit to win by 12 points. In the second half, Pitt used 63 percent shooting (17-27) and hit 11-13 free throws in taking control. During a decisive seven-minute stretch after halftime, Pitt converted on 12 of its 13 possessions and outscored NC State 24-6. Lamar Patterson led Pitt with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Talib Zanna added 15 points and nine rebounds and freshman Michael Young contributed a career-high 13 points. Patterson (17) and Zanna (nine) combined to score 26 of their 37 points in the second half.

Maryland (10-5, 2-0 ACC) is on a three-game win streak after consecutive wins over Tulsa, North Carolina Central and Georgia Tech. Head coach Mark Turgeon’s Terrapins are led by four players in double figure scoring including Dez Wells (15.0 ppg./5.3 rpg.), Jake Layman (13.7 ppg./5.1 rpg.), Evan Smotrycz (12.3 ppg./6.9 rpg.) and Nick Faust (10.4 ppg.). This marks Maryland’s third ACC game as it has defeated both Boston College (88-80 on Dec. 12) and Georgia Tech (77-61 on Jan. 4).

 

MONDAY’S TOP STORYLINES

•Pitt plays its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference home game when it hosts Maryland on Monday, Jan. 6 at the Petersen Events Center.

•Pitt coach Jamie Dixon owns a 12-0 record vs. previous ACC teams and a 28-10 overall record vs. current ACC teams (including Syracuse, Notre Dame).

•With its 13-1 record, Pitt has currently amassed the second most wins in the ACC.

•With a 9-0 home record and currently on an 11-game home win streak, Pitt is in its 12th season at the Petersen Events Center and carries a 189-22 record (.896) in the arena. The Panthers have won 95 of their last 107 home games and 38 of their last 48 conference home games.

•When comparing ACC basketball programs over the last 13 years, Pitt ranks second among league programs in overall winning percentage (332-97, .774), league winning percentage (142-63, .693), homecourt winning percentage (.896) and NCAA Tournament appearances (11).

 

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Maryland faces Georgia Tech Saturday in final ACC home opener

Posted on 04 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland hosts Georgia Tech in its ACC home opener Sunday at 2 p.m. in Comcast Center. The Terps have won 12 of their last 14 ACC home openers, and hold a 34-26 record all-time in such games.

Watch: ACCN – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst)

Storylines

• The Terrapins have defeated the Yellow Jackets six consecutive times at Comcast Center since 2005 — a streak spanning six games. Maryland last played Georgia Tech in an ACC home opener on Jan. 10, 2009, when current graduate assistant Eric Hayes scored 17 points to lead the Terps to a 68-61 victory.

• Maryland closed non-conference play on New Year’s Eve with a 70-56 defeat of North Carolina Central, holding the Eagles to just 32.7% shooting (2-of-15 from 3-point range). The Terps are 8-0 this season when holding opponents below 40% shooting.

• Junior guard Nick Faust turned in his best performance of the season against NC Central, matching a career-high with 19 points and adding a season-high nine rebounds. Faust is averaging 12.0 points over the last five games, previously averaging 5.4 points in the four games prior.

• The Terps were victorious in their lone ACC game of the season to date, defeating Boston College, 88-80, in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Dec. 12. Junior Dez Wells had a career-high 33 points in the effort.

• Nick Faust has the most experience among current Terrapins against the Yellow Jackets, averaging 9.7 points in three career games. He had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting in last year’s meeting at Georgia Tech.

• Sophomore forward Charles Mitchell is a native of Atlanta, Ga. and attended Wheeler High School.

Faust Shines in Victory vs. NC Central
Nick Faust equaled his career high with 19 points and had a season-high nine rebounds to lead Maryland over North Carolina Central 70-56 on Tuesday.
Maryland (9-5) began the second half with three 3-pointers, one by Seth Allen and two by Faust. The junior guard scored 14 of his 19 after halftime.
The trio of 3-pointers gave the Terrapins a 37-26 lead with 16:47 to play. The Eagles (7-4), who lost by 11 to No. 8 Wichita State on Dec. 21, were just 2-for-15 from the 3-point line. They were averaging nearly 34 percent before the game.
Jeremy Ingram, who was averaging nearly 25 points, was just 4-for-19 from the field, and led NC Central with 11.
Dez Wells added 10 for the Terps, who extended their lead to 68-45 on Faust’s 3-pointer with 3:20 to play.

Scouting Georgia Tech
Winners of four of its last five games, Georgia Tech rolls into College Park to open its ACC slate sporting a 9-4 record. The Yellow Jackets most recently defeated Charlotte, 58-55, on Dec. 29.
The Yellow Jackets announced on Jan. 2 that sophomore forward Robert Carter, Jr. — the ACC’s leading rebounder (9.2/g) — has been sidelined indefinitely with a tear of the meniscus in his left knee.
Despite the loss of Carter, Georgia Tech boasts the conference’s third leading rebounder in Daniel Miller (8.2/g). Miller is also one of four Yellow  Jackets averaging double-figures in scoring this season. Trae Golden leads the team with 13.2 points/g.

Statistically Speaking

  • Maryland has defeated Georgia Tech six consecutive times at Comcast Center dating back to Jan. 30, 2005.
  • In fact, the Terps have won 15 of their last 16 home meetings against the Yellow Jackets dating back to 1995.
  • Maryland has won 12 of their last 14 ACC home openers, including a 68-61 win over Georgia Tech on Jan. 10, 2009.
  • Junior Nick Faust has averaged 9.7 points in three career games against Georgia Tech — the most among current Terps.

Looking Back
The Yellow Jackets were victorious against the Terps in their lone meeting last season, as Robert Carter, Jr. tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds in Atlanta on Feb. 27, 2013.
Dez Wells led Maryland with 15 points, while Alex Len had 13 points and nine rebounds and Seth Allen had 12 points.
The Yellow Jackets made 16 of 28 shots from the field (57.1 percent) in the first half and finished at 51 percent for the game with 22 assists on their 26 field goals.
Trailing by double-digits for most of the second half, Wells cut the Terps’ deficit to nine points with two minutes to play.

Georgia Roots
Maryland sophomore forward Charles Mitchell is a native of Atlanta, Ga., and attended Wheeling High School in Marietta, Ga. Mitchell grew up less than 20 minutes from the campus of Georgia Tech.

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Terps have short turnaround, face NC Central Tuesday afternoon

Posted on 30 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland closes non-conference play as it brings in the new year Tuesday afternoon against NC Central at 2:30 pm in Comcast Center. This is the first meeting in history between the teams, and Maryland holds a 39-2 record against current MEAC schools.

Watch: ESPN3 – Mike Corey (Play-by-Play), Glenn Consor (Analyst)

Storylines

• Sophomore guard Seth Allen starred in his season debut against Tulsa, scoring 15 points in 21 minutes of action. Allen missed the first 12 games of the season after fracturing his left foot in practice on Oct. 29.

• Sunday was a milestone night for Dez Wells, who surpassed the 1,000-point mark with his fourth point of the game against Tulsa. Wells has scored 702 points at Maryland since transferring from Xavier after his freshman season.

• The victory against Tulsa marked head coach Mark Turgeon’s 300th career win. Currently in the midst of his 16th season, Turgeon (300-192) is the eighth active ACC coach to reach the milestone.

• Dez Wells considers NC Central head coach LeVelle Moton a ‘father figure,’ as Moton was a mentor for Wells while growing up in Raleigh, N.C.

• Junior Jonathan Graham has played his way into the frontcourt rotation in recent games, and could be a viable starting option for the Terps Tuesday. The junior transfer is averaging 17.2 minutes over the last five games, tallying at least one block in every game. He had a season-high seven rebounds vs. Tulsa.

• The Terps are 6-0 when leading at the half and 8-0 when leading with 5:00 to play in the game.

Last Time Out
Dez Wells recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds and Seth Allen scored 15 points to help the Maryland men’s basketball team overcome an early double-digit deficit in an 85-74 victory over Tulsa Sunday night.
Allen came off the bench to provide Maryland (8-5) with a much-needed spark, playing in his first game since breaking his foot on October 29. Despite being sidelined for three months, the sophomore point guard played 21 minutes, had three of the Terps’ 10 assists and connected three times from beyond the arc.
The Terrapins took the lead for good when Jake Layman drilled a 3-pointer to make it 48-45 with 12:32 left. Nick Faust followed with a jumper from beyond the arc, and Maryland moved ahead 52-47.

Seth Allen Stars in Return
Sophomore Seth Allen fractured a bone in his left hand during practice on March 24 and missed the final two games of the 2012-13 season. His return was then pushed back eight more weeks after he broke his foot on Oct. 29.
Allen played beyond the expectations of many in his season debut against Tulsa Sunday when he poured in 15 points in 21 minutes (10 first, 11 second) of action. The guard was greeted to a large ovation from the Comcast crowd as he checked into the game at the 15:46 mark of the first half.
Trailing by as many as 15 points in the first half versus Tulsa, the Terps mounted a 14-2 run that was partially sparked by Allen. The shifty point guard scored his first field goal of the season on a quick layup through the hole, before delivering a 3-pointer 23 seconds later to send Maryland fans into a frenzy.

Milestones Abound
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon earned his 300th career victory with the Terrapins’ 85-74 defeat of Tulsa Sunday. He joined Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell as the only coaches in Maryland history to have earned 300 victories during their careers.
Junior Dez Wells’ victory came much earlier in the Tulsa game, as he recorded his 1,000th career point just three minutes and 51 seconds in the game. Wells needed just four points to reach the plateau entering the game, and finished with 18. He currently has 702 points through 51 games at Maryland since transferring from Xavier after his freshman season.

Scouting NC Central
Despite boasting a strong 7-3 record, NC Central has lost two of its last three contests at IUPUI and Wichita State. The Eagles upset in-state foe NC State earlier this season in overtime, 82-72.
The Eagles rely heavily on Jeremy Ingram, who is averaging 24.6 points on the season. The senior turned in an incredible performance against Wichita State, posting a career-high 37 points in the defeat.
NC Central has shown strong defensive ability through its first 10 games, ranking 12th in the nation in 3-point FG defense (.275), 35th in scoring defense (63.5) and 41st in steals/g (8.0).

Raleigh Connections
Junior Dez Wells looks up to NC Central head coach LeVelle Moton, who served as a mentor and “father figure” for Wells as he grew up in Raleigh, N.C. Moton is arguably the greatest player in NC Central history, playing from 1992-96.

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Terps hope to bounce back Sunday night against Tulsa

Posted on 28 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland returns to action Sunday after a week of rest as it welcomes the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to Comcast Center for a 7:00 pm tip.

Watch: ESPNU – Mike Cristino (Play-by-Play), Cory Alexander (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams (Sideline)

Storylines

• The Terrapins and Golden Hurricane are meeting for just the second time in series history, last facing each other on Dec. 28, 1964 — nearly 49 years ago to the date. The Terps defeated Tulsa in the opening round of the Hurricane Classic in Miami, Fla. with a 66-59 victory.

• Mark Turgeon and Tulsa head coach Danny Manning were teammates during their playing days at Kansas from 1984-1987. The pair went to the 1986 Final Four, before Kansas won the national title in 1988 when Manning was a senior and Turgeon was in his first season as an assistant coach.

• Freshman Roddy Peters was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Dec. 16 for his efforts against Boston College and Florida Atlantic. Peters totaled a career-high 14 points at Boston College, before posting five assists against FAU. Peters posted a career-high seven assists against Boston University.

• Head coach Mark Turgeon (299-192) needs just one win to collect his 300th career victory. Currently in the midst of his 16th season, Turgeon would become the eighth active ACC coach to reach the milestone.

• Dez Wells needs just four more points to reach the 1,000-point plateau for his career. The junior is averaging a career-best 15.5 points/g, including a career-high 33-point performance at Boston College. Wells transferred to Maryland from Xavier after his freshman season.

Last Time Out
Maryland faltered in its last outing on Dec. 21 at Comcast Center as it fell behind by 10 points at the halftime break and lost to Boston University, 83-77.
The Terps chipped away at the Terriers’ lead in the second half, and Dez Wells used a lay-up to tie the game, 51-51, with 12:25 to play. Wells then gave Maryland its first lead of the second half, 56-55, with a jumper at the 9:06 mark. Boston University answered every challenge, however, making timely shots to quell the Terps’ runs and hang on for the victory.
Wells led the Terps with 18 points, nine rebounds and a career-high five blocks in the effort, while Evan Smotrycztallied his team-high third double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Terps Edge Florida Atlantic
Maryland returned to Comcast Center for the first time since Nov. 29 as it defeated Florida Atlantic, 66-62, on Dec. 14.
The Terps led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but Florida Atlantic battled back to make it a two-point game at the halftime break, 33-31.
Sophomore Jake Layman stepped up in the second half, knocking down all four shots (3 from 3-point range) in the frame. Layman finished with 22 points in the game, including a huge 3-pointer with 37 seconds remaining to put the Terps ahead by six points and seal the game.
While the Terps shot just 39.7 percent from the field, they manged 18 assists in the game — the second-most this season (Morgan State – 26). Roddy Peters, Nick Faust and Evan Smotrycz combined for 14 assists in the game.

Scouting Tulsa
The Golden Hurricane enters Comcast Center as winners of three of its last five games, despite beginning the season with six losses in eight contests. Tulsa most recently lost to TCU on Dec. 21, 70-58.
Tulsa is led by James Woodard and Rashad Smith, who are averaging 13.8 and 12.4 points-per-game, respectively. Woodard is shooting 40% from beyond the arc, while Smith leads the team in blocks (10).

Coaching Milestone Looms
Head coach Mark Turgeon is on the verge of earning his 300th career victory Sunday, currently standing at a record of 299-192 (.609). Turgeon would become just the third head coach in Maryland history to have achieved at least 300 career wins (Gary Williams – 668, Lefty Driesell – 786).
Turgeon garnered 25 wins in his first two seasons of coaching at Jacksonville State, before totaling 128 wins in seven seasons at Wichita State. He then earned 97 wins at Texas A&M, prior to winning 49 so far at Maryland.

Closing in on 1,000 Points
Junior Dez Wells needs just four more points to reach 1,000 for his career, currently sitting at 996. Wells scored 312 points during his freshman season at Xavier, before totaling 498 last season. The Raleigh, N.C. native is averaging a career-best 15.5 points this season, including a career-high 33-point performance at Boston College. Wells is averaging 19.2 points over his last five games, scoring double-figures in eight straight contests.

Peters Emerging as Terps’ Point Guard
Freshman Roddy Peters has grown more comfortable with each game at the point guard position for the Terps, culminating with ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 16 in starts against Boston College and Florida Atlantic.
• Despite averaging just 20.7 minutes/g, Peters leads the Terrapins by a wide margin with 45 assists (3.8/g).
• Peters has posted at least three assists in seven consecutive games, including a career-high seven-assist performance against Boston University.
• He shined in his first career ACC game at Boston College, pouring in a career-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

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Maryland welcomes Boston U Saturday for 200th game in Comcast Center history

Posted on 20 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland continues non-conference play Saturday as it hosts Boston University at 1 p.m. in Comcast Center for the 200th men’s basketball game in the arena’s history. The Terrapin men hold an all-time record of 162-37 (.814) in Comcast Center since its inaugural season in 2002-03.

Watch: ESPN3 – Mike Corey (Play-by-Play), Glenn Consor (Analyst)

Storyline:

• The Terps won their second consecutive game last Saturday with a 66-62 defeat of Florida Atlantic, led by 22 points from sophomore Jake Layman. Maryland jumped out to a 13-point lead early in the contest, and never relinquished its lead in the victory.

• Freshman Roddy Peters was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Dec. 16 for his efforts against Boston College and Florida Atlantic last week. Peters totaled a career-high 14 points at Boston College, before posting five assists against FAU. Seth Allen and Charles Mitchell both earned the honor last season.

• Head coach Mark Turgeon (299-191) needs just one win to collect his 300th career victory. Currently in the midst of his 16th season, Turgeon would become the eighth active ACC coach to reach the milestone.

• The Terrapins won their first conference game of the season with an 88-80 victory over Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Terps shot 55.2 percent from the field — their second-best percentage of the season (62.3 – Morgan State), as Dez Wells scored a career-high 33 points. Wells (978) needs just 22 more points to reach 1,000 for his career.

• Assistant coach Scott Spinelli graduated from Boston University in 1989, while Jake Layman (Wrentham, Mass.) and Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass.) are both from outside of Boston.

Last Time Out

Maryland returned to Comcast Center for the first time since Nov. 29 as it defeated Florida Atlantic, 66-62, last Saturday.

The Terps led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but Florida Atlantic battled back to make it a two-point game at the halftime break, 33-31.

Sophomore Jake Layman stepped up in the second half, knocking down all four shots (3 from 3-point range) in the frame. Layman finished with 22 points in the game, including a huge 3-pointer with 37 seconds remaining to put the Terps ahead by six points and seal the game.

While the Terps shot just 39.7 percent from the field, they manged 18 assists in the game — the second-most this season (Morgan State – 26). Roddy Peters, Nick Faust and Evan Smotrycz combined for 14 assists in the game.

Scouting Boston University

Boston University enters the Comcast Center on a three-game losing skid, including a pair of overtime losses to Harvard and Norfolk State. The trio of losses follow a four-game Terrier winning streak that saw Boston jump out to a 6-2 record to start the season.

The Terriers are led offensively by do-it-all sophomore point guard Maurice Watson, Jr., who leads the Patriot League in assists (6.5/g), total steals (23) and total field goals made (69). He also leads the Terriers in points (14.6/g) and field goal percentage (.575), while grabbing 4.3 rebounds/g.

Watson was spectacular in the Terriers’ overtime loss to Norfolk State last Sunday, nearly notching a triple-double with 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. Teammate John Papale had 18 points in the effort, while Travis Robinson chipped in 14.

Coaching Milestone Looms

Head coach Mark Turgeon is on the verge of earning his 300th career victory Saturday, currently standing at a record of 299-191. Turgeon would become just the third head coach in Maryland history to have achieved at least 300 career wins (Gary Williams – 668, Lefty Driesell – 786).

Turgeon garnered 25 wins in his first two seasons of coaching at Jacksonville State, before totaling 128 wins in seven seasons at Wichita State. He then earned 97 wins at Texas A&M, prior to winning 49 so far at Maryland.

Terps Earn Road ACC Victory

Maryland opened its ACC slate with an important road victory at Boston College, 88-80.

The Terps got off to a sizzling start against the Eagles, jumping out to a 15-6 lead in the first 5:11. Nine of the 15 points came on 3-pointers, as Evan Smotrycz hit a pair and Nick Faust knocked one down from the wing.

After Olivier Hanlan put Boston College ahead, 64-60, with 7:19 to play, Dez Wells fought his way to the free throw line to begin a torrid scoring run for the Terps. Wells scored 16 points in the final 6:46 to push Maryland to the victory.

Boston Connections

Maryland assistant coach Scott Spinelli graduated from Boston University in 1989, leading the Terriers to the 1988 NCAA Tournament as a point guard. Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass.) and Jake Layman (Wrentham, Mass.) both hail from outside of Boston.

Closing in on 1,000 Points

Junior Dez Wells needs just 22 more points to reach 1,000 for his career, currently sitting at 978. Wells scored 312 points during his freshman season at Xavier, before totaling 498 last season. The Raleigh, N.C. native is averaging a career-best 15.3 points this season, including a career-high 33-point performance at Boston College. Wells has scored 22 points on just two occasions this year, but is averaging 19.5 points over his last four games.

Peters Emerging as Terps’ Point Guard

Freshman Roddy Peters has grown more comfortable with each game at the point guard position for the Terps, culminating with ACC Rookie of the Week honors last week in starts against Boston College and Florida Atlantic.
• Despite averaging just 20.2 minutes/g, Peters leads the Terrapins by a wide margin with 38 assists (3.5/g).
• Peters has posted at least three assists in six consecutive games, including a five-assist performance against Florida Atlantic.
• He shined in his first career ACC game (on the road), pouring in a career-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

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Maryland opens ACC play Thursday night at Boston College

Posted on 11 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland opens ACC play for the final time in its history Thursday as it takes on Boston College at 7:00 pm in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The game is scheduled to air live on ESPNU.

Watch: ESPNU – Tom Hart (PxP), Len Elmore (Analyst)

Storylines

• The Terrapins are 8-9 all-time against Boston College, winning two of the last three meetings in the series. Maryland is 33-27 all-time in ACC openers, but has lost 16-of-26 ACC openers that were on the road. Tonight marks Maryland’s fourth time meeting the Eagles in an ACC opener, garnering a 1-3 record (0-1 at BC).

• After a sluggish start at the Verizon Center, Maryland battled back from a 14-point second half deficit Sunday at the BB&T Classic before George Washington’s Maurice Creek hit a game-winning jump shot with 0.6 seconds remaining to sink the Terps, 77-75.

• The Terps’ full court press stifled George Washington’s offense over the last four minutes of the contest, as the Colonials committed eight turnovers in the final 4:11. GW managed just one shot during that time span – the game-winner with 0.6 to play.

• Freshman Roddy Peters was highly effective down the stretch against GW, garnering six of his career-high 11 points and two steals in the final 4:06. He leads the team with 30 assists (3.3/g), while averaging just 19.7 minutes of action.

Last Time Out
Maryland lost its second consecutive game last Sunday as it fell to local foe George Washington at the Verizon Center in a thriller. Trailing by 12 points at halftime and by as many as 14 in the second half, the Terrapins rallied to tie the game with 1:07 left with a stifling full court press.
The Colonials regained the lead after Maurice Creek knocked down a pair of free throws, but Maryland freshmanRoddy Peters tied the game at 75 with a pair of clutch free throws at the other end with eight seconds remaining.
GW inbounded the ball to Creek in the backcourt, who then sank a step-back jumper from 17 feet with 0.6 seconds left for the win. Nick Faust was able to toss a half-court prayer, but the shot fell short as time expired.

Scouting Boston College
Boston College returns home after falling at Purdue, 88-67, on Dec. 4 and at USC, 78-62, last Sunday. The Eagles are currently 3-6 on the season.
The Eagles have two of the best shooters in the ACC, between Olivier Hanlan (19.2 points/g – 6th ACC) and Ryan Anderson (18.0 points/g – 9th ACC). Anderson also leads Boston College in rebounds (6.4/g).
Despite its poor record, Boston College ranks first in the nation in free throw percentage (80.8). Hanlan and Anderson are a combined 113-for-138 (.819) from the charity stripe.
Sophomore Joe Rohan led the Eagles in their most recent game against USC, tallying 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds. USC used an 11-3 run to take a 43-35 lead with 17:20 left, and BC failed to cut its deficit to one possession for the rest of the game.

Dramatic Comeback Falls Short
Maryland’s thrilling comeback against George Washington was ignited by a stingy full court press that the Colonials had no answer for. George Washington managed just one shot in the final 4:18 seconds, as it committed eight turnovers on its final 12 possessions. Unfortunately for the Terps, the lone Colonial shot in the time span happened to be Maurice Creek’s game-winner.
Nick Faust and Roddy Peters had a field day defensively during the press, combining for four steals. Peters also had six of his career-high 11 points during the run.

Boston Connections
The trip to Chestnut Hill will be a homecoming of sorts for redshirt junior Evan Smotrycz and sophomore Jake Layman, who both hail from Massachusetts. Smotrycz (Reading) is from just north of Boston, while Layman (Wrentham) grew up south of Boston.
Assistant coach Scott Spinelli also has ties in the area, having grown up in Leominster.

Terps Raise Money for Cancer Awareness
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted its inaugural “Terps Got Talent Student-Athlete Talent Show” on Tuesday evening to benefit the American Cancer Society. The show featured 17 performances and raised more than $3,100.
Freshman Damonte Dodd represented the men’s basketball team, displaying his drumming skills to the crowd.

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Maryland faces George Washington Sunday in BB&T Classic

Posted on 07 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland faces George Washington at the Verizon Center Sunday at 3:30 pm in Washington, D.C. as part of the 19th annual BB&T Classic. The Terps have competed in the Classic every year since its inception in 1995.

Watch: MASN – Jim Hunter (Play-by-Play), John Feinstein (Analyst), Byron Kerr (Sideline)

Storyline

• The Terrapins are 16-11 all-time in the BB&T Classic and are currently riding a two-game win streak with victories over Notre Dame (2011) and George Mason (2012). Past Maryland MVPs from the tournament include Keith Booth, Steve Francis and Lonny Baxter, though the award was discontinued in 2005.

• Maryland’s four-game win streak was snapped Wednesday as it fell to No. 5 Ohio State, 76-60, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Terps fell to 10-5 (4-2 on road) in their final contest in the tournament as a member of the ACC.

• Sophomore Charles Mitchell was a monster on the offensive glass against Ohio State, tallying nine offensive rebounds, including six in the first half. The Marietta, Ga., native notched back-to-back double-digit rebound totals for the first time in his career, and currently leads the ACC in offensive rebounds (3.6 pg).

• Redshirt junior Evan Smotrycz continues to play well for the Terps, averaging 16.8 points and 9.8 rebounds over the last four games. Smotrycz currently ranks fifth in the ACC in rebounds (7.5 pg), and has scored in double figures in every game he has started this season.

Last Time Out
Maryland struggled to find a rhythm Wednesday as it fell to fifth-ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes jumped out to an 18-9 lead in the first 5:22 on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond-the-arc, and never looked back en route to a 76-60 victory.
Maryland outrebounded Ohio State by a significant margin, 44-30, largely due to the effort of Charles Mitchell. The sophomore earned his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Mitchell made an immediate impact off the bench, slamming home a dunk 45 seconds into action.

Scouting George Washington
George Washington is off to its best start since 2005-06 after defeating Rutgers Wednesday night to move to 7-1. The Colonials have registered wins against defending ACC champion Miami and then-No. 20 Creighton, while their lone loss came in a 16-point defeat to No. 25 Marquette. GW is currently receiving votes in both the Associated Press and ESPN polls.
The Colonials boast a balanced offense, featuring four players averaging double-figure scoring totals. Maurice Creek leads the team with 15.3 ppg on 46 percent shooting from beyond-the-arc, while Isaiah Armwood is averaging 14.4 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds.
Armwood earned Wooden Legacy All-Tournament team honors last weekend, limiting Creighton All-American Doug McDermott to just seven points.
George Washington currently ranks atop the Atlantic 10 in a number of categories, including assist-turnover ratio (1.34), assists (15.3 pg), field goal percentage defense (38.2), scoring margin (14.0) and total blocks (45).

Terps Shoot Lights Out vs. Morgan State
Maryland put on an incredible shooting display on Nov. 29 when it handily defeated Morgan State by its largest margin of the season, 89-62. After scoring a season-high 45 points in the first half, the Terps shot 67 percent in the second half to cap a strong offensive outing.
The Terps posted 14 points in the first 3:51 of the game and never looked back as they shot 33-of-53 (.623) from the field, including 13-of-20 (.650) from beyond-the-arc.
Jake Layman led the way in the outing, tallying a career-high 27 points on 7-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. In the second half, Layman scored 16 points in just 13 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Evan Smotrycz posted his second consecutive double-double with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Paradise Jam Champions
Maryland won its first in-season tournament since 2006 when it captured the Paradise Jam title in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Terps handily defeated Marist in the opening round, before defeating Northern Iowa and Providence on consecutive nights.
The Terps’ defense was impressive on the tropical trip, holding opponents to just 30.7 percent shooting and an average of 53.7 points. Opponents shot a meager 13-for-57 (.228) from 3-point range.
Junior Dez Wells (12.7 pts, 4.7 rebs) earned tournament MVP honors, while Evan Smotrycz (12.3 pts, 7.0 rebs) was named to the all-tournament team. Jake Layman led the team with 13.7 points and 33.7 minutes on the trip.

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Maryland visits Ohio State Wednesday for Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Terps Head to #5 Ohio State for Big Ten/ACC Clash

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland travels to Columbus, Ohio for its first road game of the season Wednesday at 6:00 pm as it takes on future Big Ten foe No. 5 Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It is the first meeting between the teams since 1985.The game will be aired live on ESPN.

Watch: ESPN – Dave O’Brien (Play-by-play), Bob Knight (Analyst)

Storylines

• The Terps are tied for the second-most wins in Big Ten/ACC Challenge history since the tournament’s inception in 1999 (Duke-12, Maryland-10, Wake Forest-10, Clemson-9). Maryland also has a tournament-best road mark of 4-1 amongst teams that have played at least four games, defeating Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. last season.

• Winners of four games in a row, Maryland was highly efficient offensively in an 89-62 victory against Morgan State last Friday, shooting 33-of-53 (.623) from the field en route to victory. The team also dished a season-high 26 assists, including six from freshman Roddy Peters.

• Maryland was lights-out from beyond the arc against Morgan State, connecting on 13-of-20 (.650) shots from beyond the arc. It was the first time the Terrapins made 13 3-pointers since they shot 13-of-30 in an overtime victory against North Carolina on Feb. 21, 2009. Jake Layman led the way Friday, knocking down seven 3-pointers for a career-high 27 points.

• Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz has played Ohio State more times (six) than Maryland in its entire history (five). Smotrycz’s Wolverines played the Buckeyes three times in both 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Last Time Out
Maryland put on an incredible shooting display last Friday when it handily defeated Morgan State by its largest margin of the season, 89-62. After scoring a season-high 45 points in the first half, the Terps shot 67-percent in the second half to cap a strong offensive outing.
The Terps posted 14 points in the first 3:51 of the game and never looked back as they shot 33-of-53 (.623) from the field, including 13-of-20 (.650) from beyond the arc.
Jake Layman led the way in the outing, tallying a career-high 27 points on 7-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. In the second half, Layman scored 16 points in just 13 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Evan Smotrycz posted his second consecutive double-double with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Scouting Ohio State
Ohio State enters Friday’s contest as one of the nation’s hottest teams, beginning the season 6-0 and climbing into the top-5 in the national rankings. The Buckeyes have dominated opponents, winning by an average margin of 19.6 points.
The Buckeyes are led by standout senior guard Aaron Craft, who earned 2013 First Team All-Big Ten and 2013 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. Craft ranks second in the Big Ten in steals (2.5/g) and fourth in assists (5.3). Lenzelle Smith, Jr. leads the Buckeyes with 11.6 ppg, in addition to 4.6 rpg.
Ohio State has played suffocating defense thus far, holding opponents to just 53.3 ppg (2nd in the nation). OSU’s strong defense is coupled with its ability to avoid fouling opponents, ranking first in the Big Ten in fewest fouls (97).

Smotrycz Returns to Columbus
In two years as a player at Michigan, Evan Smotrycz amassed more experience (six games) against Ohio State than Maryland has in its entire history (five games). In six games, including two contests in the Big Ten Tournament, Smotrycz averaged 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 20.2 minutes of action. His best performance came on January 12, 2011, when he scored 14 points and added six rebounds in a 68-64 loss.
Smotrycz has found early success in the Maryland system, notching back-to-back double-doubles in his last two performances. He is the first Terrapin to do so since Jordan Williams in 2011. After being named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team last Monday, Smotrycz poured in 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Morgan State.

Lights Out Layman
Sophomore Jake Layman had his best game in a Maryland uniform against Morgan State last Friday, turning in career-high marks in points (27), field goals made (9) and 3-point field goals made (7). Layman shot 7-of-10 from beyond the arc and 9-of-12 overall in the victory.
The Wrentham, Mass. native has been lethal from 3-point range this season, connecting on an ACC best 3.3/game (23rd nationally). His .511 percentage (23-45) from beyond the arc ranks third in the conference behind Joe Harris (UVA) and Ben Emelogu (VT).

Terps Support Toys for Tots
The Terps have partnered with the UMCP Campus Police and Prince George’s County Police for the Toys for Tots drive. Donation bins will be located outside Gates A, B and Terrapin Trail Garage entrances for the Men’s Basketball game onDecember 14 vs. Florida Atlantic. Fans are encouraged to bring new unwrapped toys for boy or girls to the game.

– Maryland –

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Maryland, Morgan set to tangle Friday at Comcast Center

Posted on 28 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland returns to Comcast Center Friday as it takes on local foe Morgan State in its first action since winning the Paradise Jam last weekend. The contest will be aired live on ESPN3 at 6:00 pm.

Watch: ESPN 3 – Booker Corrigan (Play-by-Play), Glenn Consor (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams (Sideline)

Storylines

• The Terps captured their first in-season tournament title since 2006 (2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic) as they won three games in four days to capture the Paradise Jam title in St. Thomas on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Maryland made quick work of Marist, before defeating Northern Iowa and Providence on back-to-back nights.

• A week removed from allowing 90 points against Oregon State at home, Maryland responded with renewed vigor in St. Thomas by holding its three opponents to an average of 51 points on just 30.7% shooting. The Terps gave up only 13 baskets from beyond the arc, holding opponents to a dismal 22.8% shooting.

• Dez Wells captured Paradise Jam Most Valuable Player honors, while teammate Evan Smotrycz was named to the All-Tournament team. Wells carried the Terps down the stretch against Providence, tallying 9 of his 13 points in the second half. Smotrycz recorded his first double-double of the season (fourth overall) in the effort with 13 pts and 11 rebs.

• Maryland meets Morgan State for the first time since 2009, when the Bears shocked Comcast Center with a 66-65 victory. The Terps lead the all-time series, 5-1.

Last Time Out
The Terps responded to a disappointing defensive effort against Oregon State by winning three games in four days to capture the Paradise Jam title in St. Thomas. It was the program’s first in-season tournament title since 2006, when it won the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Maryland ran past Marist with a 68-43 victory, before defeating Northern Iowa (80-66) and Providence (56-52) on back-to-back nights. It was the Terrapins’ first meeting against all three teams.
The Terps appeared well on their way to a drubbing in the finals after taking a 19-point lead on a Varun Ram 3-pointer, but Providence fired back with a 20-4 run down the stretch. The Friars late push fell short, however, as Dez Wells scored nine of his 13 points in the second half to lead the Terps to victory.

Scouting Morgan State
Morgan State and Maryland meet Friday after spending the last week together 1,600 miles south at the Paradise Jam. The Bears took seventh place in St. Thomas, falling to La Salle and Vanderbilt on back-to-back days before defeating Marist on Monday, 74-67.
Senior Justin Black (Dematha) is off to a sizzling start for Morgan State, scoring double-figures in all seven games to open the season. Black had a season-high 28 points against Towson on November 12.
Center Ian Chiles presents an interesting matchup inside for the Terps, as the big man has averaged 13.9 points and 5.6 rebounds in 26.9 minutes this year. The 7-2 Chiles averaged 5 blocks/g in St. Thomas, including a season-high seven swats against Marist.

Dez Shines in Crunch Time
As Providence steadily chipped away at Maryland’s once seemingly insurmountable 19-point second half lead, the Terrapins turned to Dez Wells in crunch time to spark the offense. The junior scored eight of his 13 points in the final 7:44 of the championship game, including a jumper and two free throws in the closing minute.
Wells has made a habit of playing his best late in games this season, scoring at least nine second half points in four-of-six games. He had a season-high 16 second half points against Oregon State.
The Raleigh, N.C. native has also knocked down 19-of-23 shots (0.826) from the charity stripe in the second half.

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Terps open Paradise Jam play Friday afternoon against Marist

Posted on 21 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland looks to return to its winning ways this weekend as it travels to St. Thomas for the Paradise Jam. It marks the program’s first trip to St. Thomas in school history. The Terps are guaranteed to play at least three games, as the field includes Northern Iowa, Loyola Marymount, Marist, Providence, Vanderbilt, Morgan State and La Salle.

Watch: CBS Sports Network

Storyline

• The Terps have played 68 in-season tournaments in their history, garnering an all-time record of 110-51 (.683) with 28 championships and 12 runner-up finishes. The program’s last in-season tournament championship came in the 2006 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Maryland defeated Michigan State in the finals, 62-60, on Nov. 17.

• Maryland dropped its first non-conference game at the Comcast Center since 2009 when it fell to Oregon State, 90-83, last Sunday with President Barack Obama in attendance. Dez Wells had a game-high 23 points in the effort, as Maryland had five scorers in double-figures.

• Junior Evan Smotrycz is averaging 13.3 ppg after posting a season-high 16 points against Oregon State. He is the first player to notch double-digit point totals in his first three games in a Maryland uniform since Alex Len. Len tallied point totals of 14, 13, 15 and 12 (13.5 ppg) over the course of those four games between Dec. 28, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012.

Last Time Out
The Terps fell to Oregon State in an offensive shootout last Sunday, 90-83, as President Barack Obama looked on in attendance. The total combined points (173) was the most at Comcast Center since Maryland defeated Seattle University, 105-76 (181), on November 8, 2010.
Maryland spread the ball effectively on the offensive end, as five players posted double-figure scoring totals. Dez Wells led the way with a season-high 23 points, while Evan Smotrycz had a season-high 16 points.
Trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half, the Terrapins cut their deficit to two points, 65-63, with 9:11 remaining. The sides traded points the remainder of the game before Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson knocked down a critical jumper with 29 seconds left to give the visitors an insurmountable five point lead.

Scouting Marist
Marist is off to a slow start in 2013-14 after beginning the season on a four-game losing streak. The Red Foxes have lost by an average margin of 26.8 points, including a 45-point defeat (93-48) to Providence in its most recent outing on Nov. 16.
Chavaughn Lewis and Khallid Hart lead the Red Foxes with 15.0 ppg and 10.3 ppg, respectively, while Adam Kemp is averaging 6.0 rebounds. Hart totaled 21 points in Marist’s loss at Providence.
The Rod Foxes return much of their production from a side that went 10-21 last season, including 77.8 pct. of their scoring, 81.6 pct. of their minutes and 89.6 pct. of their rebounds.
Head coach Jeff Bower is in his first season with Marist after being hired on April 10, 2013. He previously spent 18 seasons in the NBA, including various roles with the Hornets franchise from 1995-2010.
A Presidential Appearance
Maryland spectators received a special treat last Sunday as President Barack Obama and his family attended the basketball game at Comcast Center against Oregon State.

Smotrycz Shines Early
Transfer Evan Smotrycz had to wait 601 days between his final game at Michigan on March 16, 2012 and his first game at Maryland on Nov. 8. His potential ability to help the Terps was well-documented, but he had yet to have a chance to prove it prior to this season.
Smotrycz has delivered in his first three games as a Terrapin, posting double-figure scoring totals in all three games (13, 11, 16). He is the first Maryland player to accomplish the feat since Alex Len had double-figures in his first four games two seasons ago.
The 6-9 redshirt junior is second on the team in both points (13.3 pg) and rebounds (6.7 pg) this season.

In-Season Tournament History
The Terrapins have a long history of participation in in-season tournaments dating back to 1953 when they took part in the All-American City Tournament in Owensboro, Ky. Maryland defeated all three opponents, including Kentucky Wesleyan in the finals, to claim the tournament crown.
Maryland is 110-51 (.683) all-time in in-season tournaments, including 28 championships and 12 runner-up finishes. The team’s last tournament crown came in 2006 when it defeated Michigan State, 62-60, in the finals of the 2KSports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Last season the Terps went 3-1 in the Barclays Center Classic, falling to Kentucky in the opening game, 72-69.

Quick Hitters
• Guard Seth Allen broke his left foot in practice on Oct. 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks.
• Evan Smotrycz became the first player since Alex Len to record double-digit point totals in the first three 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 win 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.

Terps Haul in Top-5 Class
Head coach Mark Turgeon and the Maryland coaching staff announced the addition of a consensus top-five recruiting class Nov. 14, signing standouts 6-2 guard Romelo Trimble, 6-4 guard Dion Wiley, 6-6 forward Jared Nickens and 7-1 center Trayvon Reed for the 2014-15 season.
All four players rank among the top-100 players in the country, as both Wiley and Trimble are among the top-50 according to major recruiting outlets.
This marks the third consecutive top-20 recruiting class for Turgeon during his tenure at Maryland.

Second Half Run Sparks Terps over Abilene Christian
Maryland overcame a lackluster first half 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.

Layman Scoring in Bunches
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.

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.

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