COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Coming off back-to-back double-digit wins, Maryland continues its November homestand as Lafayette visits Comcast Center Tuesday evening. The Terps had their most offensively efficient game of the young season last Friday against LIU Brooklyn, shooting 56.5 percent from the floor while recording 28 assists on 35 field goals.
• In the 91-74 win over LIU Brooklyn, Maryland again showed off its depth on the way to a double-figure win. For the second game in a row, nine players received at least 10 minutes of action. Seth Allen had a team-high 19 points, Alex Len had 18 and Dez Wells had 15. Pe’Shon Howard dished out 13 assists, the most by a Terp since Greivis Vasquez on Feb. 24, 2010. That’s just two shy of the Maryland single-game record of 15 (Greivis Vasquez vs. NC State, 2/9/08, Terrell Stokes vs. Western Carolina, 11/14/98).
• Len, Allen and Wells are all averaging double-figure scoring through three games. Len leads the way at 17.3 points per game and also has 11 blocks. Allen found his long-range shooting touch against LIU Brooklyn by connecting on 5 of 6 3-pointers and 7 of 10 field goals, while also adding four assists. Wells had somewhat of a breakout game against the Blackbirds, filling up his stat line with 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals in a team-high 33 minutes.
• With his 19 points, Allen was a big part of Maryland’s bench outscoring 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 63-13 over the past two contests.
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).
• Maryland is outscoring its opponents by an average of 15.7 points per game when Alex Len is on the floor (plus-6 vs. Kentucky, plus-23 vs. Morehead State, plus-18 vs. LIU Brooklyn). Pe’Shon Howard is next highest at plus-12.3 (Howard was a season-high plus-24 against LIU Brooklyn).
• The Terps have made as many or more free throws than the opponent attempted in the last two games. Against Morehead State, the Terps made 17 and the Eagles attempted 8. Against LIU Brooklyn, Maryland made 13 and the Blackbirds attempted 13.
• 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.
• In each of the last two games, each player in Maryland’s 10-man rotation has scored. Against LIU Brooklyn, all 10 players also had at least one rebound.