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Terps rest Saturday ahead of Northern Iowa game Sunday

Posted on 23 November 2013 by WNST Staff

St. Thomas/U.S. Virgin Islands — Maryland left the basketball court behind and set their sights to sea Saturday afternoon.  Head coach Mark Turgeon and the Terps enjoyed a two-hour catamaran ride on a gorgeous 54-foot long boat called ‘The Cat’ through Turtle Cove and Buck Island.

Directed by Captain Joe Morgan, the Terps enjoyed snorkeling and swimming in the seasonal 82 degree water.

“This is glorious,” shouted junior forward Evan Smotrycz.

While enjoying their time in the ocean, the Terp players made a loop, first swimming next to endangered green sea turtles and then towards the reef directly across Buck Island.

Morgan, who has been a captain for 12 years in St. Thomas/U.S. Virgin Islands, shared that Buck Island is one of the few places one can interact with the aforementioned endangered sea turtles. In addition, the Terps shared the ocean with an array of exotic fish as they swam with yellow tail, blue tang (think Finding Nemo) and parrot fish.

As the boat headed back to shore, the team voted that junior guard Jacob Susskind and graduate assistant Steven Asher were the most outstanding swimmers.

But everyone was full of smiles, and most importantly, no one ended the trip with a sunburn. Turgeon shared that the best part of the afternoon was watching his team relax and have fun together.

“This is great and something they normally don’t have the opportunity to experience,” Turgeon said.  “It’s great for them to have fun and enjoy being with each other. And who doesn’t love being in the water?”

Notes:  Turgeon will conduct a film session and walkthrough at the team hotel to prepare for Northern Iowa later this evening … Approximately 300 Terp fans made the trip to St. Thomas/U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam…  The Terps play Northern Iowa Sunday at the Sports & Fitness Center at 7 p.m. EST (CBS Sports Network).

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Morgan opens Paradise Jam play Friday night against La Salle

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. — Morgan State will face La Salle in the first round of the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The Paradise Jam will take place Nov. 22-25, with the games set to be televised by CBS Sports Network.The first game of the event pits Northern Iowa vs. Loyola Marymount at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, with Maryland and Marist following at approximately 5 p.m. The evening session includes Providence vs. Vanderbilt and Morgan State vs. La Salle.The losing teams in the first round will move to the consolation bracket and play on Saturday, Nov. 23, while the winners will play on Sunday, Nov. 24. The championship game is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25.



La Salle enters the weekend leading the Atlantic 10 in assist/turnover ratio (1.7), second in offensive rebounds/game (14.8), third in free throw percentage (.752, and fifth in turnover margin (+3.25). Providence is off to a 4-0 start. Bryce Cotton leads the Friars at 20.0 ppg, followed by LaDonte Henton at 17.3 ppg. Vanderbilt is 2-1. Eric McClellan averages 20.0 ppg.



Following the Paradise Jam, the Bears will prepare to face the Maryland Terps at College Park on Friday, November 29. Tipoff at Comcast Center is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The last time the two teams met the Bears walked out of Comcast Center with a 66-65 victory over Maryland (1/7/09). It marked the Bears first ACC win in school in history. Morgan State will return home for its MEAC opener when they host the Howard Bison on Saturday, December 7 at 4 p.m.


For three of the last seven seasons, all as head coach, Todd Bozeman has guided teams to at least 20 victories. Bozeman set the Morgan State record for consecutive 20-win campaigns in 2007-08 with a 22-11 record and extended it with a 23-12 campaign in 2008-09, followed by a Division I school record 27-11 record in 2009-10. The previous record was back-to-back 20-win seasons under coach Nathaniel Frazier when he guided the Bears to a 20-8 record in 1972-73, followed by 28-5 in 1973-74.



The Bears once again have an ambitious non-conference schedule this season. Morgan State’s non-conference schedule sends the Bears to Ohio State. Also highlighting the non-conference schedule will be home games vs. San Diego (Nov. 14) and Ohio (Nov. 20). The Bears will also participate in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam where they will open against La Salle on Nov. 22. Morgan State will also tip against local teams Towson on Nov. 12 and a Nov. 29 trip to College Park to face Maryland.The Bears will make another west coast swing this year this time to tip-off against Cal State-Northridge (Dec. 27), Oregon (Dec. 29) and California-Irvine on Jan. 2.

» Morgan State will look to improve defensively. The Bears are allowing 79.2 points per game overall, and are just scoring just 62 points during the four-game losing streak. The Bears are holding opponents to just under 50 percent shooting (.478) from the floor this year, while shooting 37.4 percent (95-254) and 22.5 percent (16-71) from beyond the arc.


The Bears will be in search of its first win of the 2013-14 season. Morgan State has started the season by dropping its first four contests and has not posted a win since defeating Bethune-Cookman 82-71 in the Semi-finals of the MEAC Tournament at The Scope Arena on March 15, 2013.



Morgan State was picked to finish second in the 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball preseason poll behind defending regular season champion Norfolk State.



Seniors Justin BlackIan Chiles and Anthony Hubbard return with experience and are expected to lead the squad as team captains for the Bears this season. All three saw significat action as starters for Morgan State last year. There are three (3) juniors, four (4)  sophomores and three (3) freshmen on the 2013-14 Bears roster.

Senior guard Justin Black has been one of the most consistent players for Todd Bozeman‘s Bears. Last season, the 6-foot-2 guard, was among the MEAC’s leading scorers a season ago (14.2 ppg – No. 5) and  scored double-figures 24 of 32 games, including 18 of the last 22 contests. The Dunbar HS product  scored 20 or more points eight times last season, and posted a season-high 23 points at Coppin State on Feb. 9, 2013. Black will enter the Paradise Jam averaging 20 points thru the Bears first first games, including a  career-high 28-point performance at Towson.

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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.

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• 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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Maryland to face Marist, Morgan to face LaSalle in 2013 Paradise Jam

Posted on 23 April 2013 by WNST Staff

The University of Maryland men’s basketball team will face Marist in the first round of the 2013 Ezybonds Global Payments U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

The Paradise Jam will take place Nov. 22-25, with the games set to be televised by CBS Sports Network.

The first game of the event pits Northern Iowa vs. Loyola Marymount at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, with Maryland and Marist following at approximately 5 p.m. The evening session includes Providence vs. Vanderbilt and Morgan State vs. La Salle.

The losing teams in the first round will move to the consolation bracket and play on Saturday, Nov. 23, while the winners will play on Sunday, Nov. 24. The championship game is scheduled for 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25.

Maryland is coming off a 25-13 season in which it advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament and National Invitation Tournament. Marist went 10-21 last season.

Game times are subject to change. Times listed are Atlantic Standard Time (one hour ahead of Eastern Daylight Time).

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