COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland looks for its fourth straight home win as Georgia Southern visits Comcast Center Saturday night. The Terps are playing their final home game before heading to Northwestern on Tuesday for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, and then taking on George Mason at the Verizon Center as part of the BB&T Classic on Sunday, Dec. 2.
• Another balanced effort helped Maryland beat Lafayette 83-74 on Tuesday, as five Terps scored in double figures. Alex Len led the way with 16, James Padgett had 14, Nick Faust had 13, Charles Mitchell had 12 and Dez Wells had 11. Faust also added eight rebounds, and Pe’Shon Howard dished out six assists. Howard is averaging an ACC-best 7.8 assists per game and has a 3.9 assist-to-turnover ratio.
• Len has led the way in scoring thus far, having averaged 17.0 points per game. The sophomore has scored in double figures in all four games and also leads the team in rebounding (8.5 pg) and blocks (3.0 pg), helping Maryland lead the league with 6.0 blocks per game. Padgett, Faust and Wells have also provided consistent scoring: all are averaging 10.5 points per game.
• The Terps have shown off great depth in the season’s first four games. Nine players are averaging double-digit minutes, and no player is averaging more than 29.0 minutes (Len). That’s helped enable the Terps to hold opponents to a .391 shooting percentage thus far. Meanwhile, Maryland is averaging 45.8 rebounds per game to just 32.8 for the opponent, a plus-13 margin that is second in the ACC behind only Georgia Tech (plus-17.3).
On Maryland’s Assists vs. LIU Brooklyn
• Maryland’s 28 assists against LIU Brooklyn were nine more than the team’s season-high of 19 last year. In fact, the last time a Maryland team had more assists in a game was in the 2002-03 season, when the Terps had 29 on two occasions. The Terps also had 28 assists in a game on 2/9/11 vs. Longwood and 12/31/05 vs. VMI. The school record for assists in a game is 37.
• Pe’Shon Howard’s 13 assists are tied for the fourth-most in a single game by a Terp. The only better performances are:Greivis Vasquez (2008) and Terrell Stokes (1998) with 15; and Steve Blake (2002) and Terrell Stokes (1996) with 14.
• Maryland’s 22-point margin of victory over Morehead State matched its largest in all of last season (vs. Samford).
• The Terps have made more free throws than the opponent attempted this season (68 to 56). The biggest margins are against Morehead State, when the Terps made 17 and the Eagles attempted 8, and against Lafayette, when Maryland made 22 and UL attempted 7.
• The Terps showed off their depth against Morehead State – Alex Len logged the most minutes of any player with 24, and 10 players saw at least 13 minutes. That helped enable a strong defensive effort that held Morehead State to 31.7 percent shooting and just 7.1 percent from 3-point.
• At least nine players have scored in each of the last three games.
• Nine players have received at least 10 minutes of playing time for three straight games, and nine players are averaging double-figure minutes.
• With his 19 points, Seth Allen helped Maryland’s bench outscore LIU Brooklyn’s 36-0. All five players that came off the bench contributed: Shaquille Cleare had 8, Jake Layman had 4, Logan Aronhalt had 3 and Charles Mitchell had 2. Since being outscored by Kentucky’s bench in the season opener, the Maryland bench has outscored its opponents 87-26 over the past three contests.