Maryland Hosts Albany Wednesday Night In Alex Len’s Debut

December 27, 2011 | WNST Staff

Albany (7-5) at Maryland (7-3)
Wednesday, Dec. 28 | 8 p.m. | Comcast Center | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

Maryland hits the halfway point of its six-game homestand with a post-holiday matchup with Albany. The Terrapins are 7-3 after beating Radford in their last game. The Terps have won four straight, the longest winning streak since 2009-10, when they ended that regular season with seven straight wins.

The Terrapins will get 7-foot-1 center Alex Len into the lineup, as his 10-game suspension from the NCAA has ended. Len had played briefly for a club team in his native Ukraine and had to sit out the early part of this season due to NCAA amateurism guidelines.

Len is not the only newcomer being brought back into the lineup, as Pe’Shon Howard made his season debut last Friday in the win over Radford. Howard scored seven points with three assists in his first game back from a broken foot, and played a career-high 32 minutes in his return.

Redshirt freshman forward Ashton Pankey scored a career-high 17 points Friday in the win over hThe Highlanders. It was the first time in his career he led the Terps in scoring in a game. Pankey has scored in double figures in each of the last three games.

Maryland won Friday’s game with strong defense, holding Radford to only four field goals in the second half. The Terps also held the Highlanders to 32 percent shooting in the game, the lowest mark of the season by a Maryland opponent.

Terrell Stoglin finished the Radford game with 15 points, extending his string of games with double figures in points to eight games. He still leads the Terrapins and the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 21.5 points-per-game scoring average.

Maryland, in the second game of a stretch where it will play four games in 11 days, hosts Samford in a New Year’s Eve special on Saturday at 2 p.m.