Terps return from finals break to host Stony Brook Friday

December 21, 2012 | WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After taking an eight-day break for final exams, Maryland returns to action for its final game before Christmas break when it takes on Stony Brook Friday night. The teams have met just once in history, a 107-59 Maryland victory on Dec. 6, 2000.

Storyline

• The Terps extended their winning streak to nine games with a 71-38 victory over Monmouth last week, marking the longest winning streak since they had a 13-game run during the 2001-02 national championship season. A win over Stony Brook would give Maryland a winning streak of 10 games for the 11th time in school history (see chart, page 2).

• Alex Len recorded his third double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Monmouth, and continues to pace the Terps in scoring (13.9 ppg), rebounding (8.8 rpg) and blocks (2.6 bpg). His five blocks vs. Monmouth were a career high and the most by a Terp since Jordan Williams had six against Virginia on 3/5/2011.

• Maryland’s depth has been an asset all season, as 10 players are averaging double-figure minutes and eight are averaging at least 5.4 points per game. In each of the past three games, Maryland was able to clear its bench, with all 14 eligible players seeing action.

• The Terps rank highly in rebounding margin, assists and field goal percentage defense. In all 10 games, the Terps have outrebounded their opponent, and they rank second nationally with a plus-15.2 rebounding margin. Pe’Shon Howard ranks second in the ACC with 6.0 assists per game, and as a team Maryland ranks fourth nationally with 18.8 per game. The Terps have held their opponent under 35 percent shooting in six straight games, and rank fourth nationally in field goal percentage defense (.338) on the year.


On a Streak

• Maryland looks for its 10th straight win Friday night when it takes on Stony Brook. Should the Terps win, it would be the 11th time in school history they’ve had a winning streak of at least 10 games. The Terps’ current winning streak is going on 40 days.

• The longest winning streak in school history was a 14-game streak in 1931-32. In the past 30 years, Maryland has put together a 10-game winning streak on five occasions. Each of those seasons, they’ve gone on to play in the NCAA Tournament.


Field-Goal Percentage Defense

• The Terps have held six straight opponents under 35 percent shooting, including holding Monmouth to just 20.6 percent. On the year, opponents are shooting just 33.8 percent, a mark which ranks fourth nationally. That’s a major improvement over last year, when opponents shot 42.8 percent and were held under 35 percent on just four occasions.

• Since 2000, five Terrapin teams have held the opponent under 40 percent shooting. Of those five, four went on to at least the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland’s three primary ball handlers rank in the top 10 in the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio. Pe’Shon Howard is first at 3.2,Nick Faust is eighth at 1.9, and Seth Allen is 10th at 1.7.

• When Seth Allen, Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare drew starts against UMES, it marked the first time Maryland started three true freshmen since Dec. 28, 1993, when Keith Booth, Matt Kovarik and Joe Smith did vs. Hofstra.

• In Maryland’s nine-game winning streak, the Terps have assisted on 171 of 247 field goals (69.2 percent).

• Six different players have led Maryland in scoring during the nine-game winning streak. Nick Faust had 12 vs. Morehead State, Seth Allen had 19 vs. LIU Brooklyn, Alex Len had 16 vs. Lafayette, Charles Mitchell had 13 vs. Georgia Southern, andDez Wells had 23 vs. Northwestern and 25 vs. George Mason. Logan Aronhalt was then the high scorer vs. UMES with 17, Len was with 13 vs. S.C. State, and Faust led with 16 vs. Monmouth.

• The Terps have made more free throws than the opponent has attempted this season (163 to 135).

• At least eight players have scored in nine of Maryland’s 10 games this year. The exception is vs. George Mason, when just seven players scored.


Dominating the Paint

• Maryland has enjoyed an advantage in points in the paint throughout the year. The Terps have outscored the opponent in nine of 10 games, with the exception being the Morehead State game when each team had 28. On average, Maryland is scoring 39.6 points in the paint while holding its opponent to 21.4 points.


Super Subs

• Maryland’s bench has been an asset all season, as the Terps’ non-starters have outscored the opponents non-starters in eight of 10 games (exceptions are Kentucky & George Mason).

• On the year, Maryland’s bench has a 271-122 advantage over the opponent. The biggest advantage Maryland has had this season was against UMES on Dec. 5 (55-7).

• Seth Allen (6.1 ppg), Shaquille Cleare (5.9 ppg), Logan Aronhalt (5.9 ppg) and Charles Mitchell (5.4 ppg) have been the biggest contributors.

• Aronhalt is the long-range specialist. He hit all four of his 3-point attempts vs. Georgia Southern and made 3 of 5 at Northwestern. Against UMES, Aronhalt scored a season-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. On the year, he has hit 18 of 31 from 3-point range (.581).


Sophomore Jump

• • After averaging 6.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a freshman, Alex Len has developed into Maryland’s most consistent scoring threat as a sophomore. Len is averaging 13.9 points per game, which ranks first in the ACC among centers and 12th overall. His 8.8 rebounds per game rank sixth. Len also leads the league with 2.6 blocks per game. He has three double-doubles this season: against Kentucky (23 & 12), Northwestern (13 & 13) and Monmouth (14 & 10).

More on Assists

• Maryland ranks fourth nationally with 18.8 assists per game behind Pittsburgh (20.1), North Carolina (19.3) and Notre Dame (19.0).

• Pe’Shon Howard, who ranks second in the ACC with 6.0 assists per game, would be in some rare company if he can average 6.0 assists per game this season. In the past 25 years, just three players have averaged more than 6.0 assists per game at Maryland: Terrell Stokes in 1998-99, Steve Blake from 1999-2003, and Greivis Vasquez in 2007-08 and 2009-10.

• 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.

• Howard’s 13 assists vs. LIU Brooklyn 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.


Force on the Boards

• Maryland leads the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranks second nationally in rebounding margin at plus-15.2 per game. The only team in the nation with a better margin is Colorado State (plus-16.1).

• The Terps have built advantages on the boards in all 10 games this season. Against Northwestern, Maryland built a 47-19 advantage on the boards, the largest margin this season.

• Alex Len and Charles Mitchell are the biggest factors in that; Len averages 8.8 rpg and Mitchell averages 6.5. Len ranks sixth in the conference and Mitchell ranks 14th, including second among freshmen. There are five Terps averaging at least 4.0 rebounds per game (also Dez Wells, James Padgett and Nick Faust).

• Len leads the conference with 3.3 offensive rebounds per game, and the Terps are averaging 14.7 offensive rebounds per game as a team, second in the league behind North Carolina (16.3).

• Mitchell made an impressive debut by grabbing 10 rebounds in his first career game, against No. 3 Kentucky. That’s the most rebounds by a Maryland freshman in his debut since Buck Williams had 13 against Bucknell in 1978. Williams went on to lead the ACC in rebounding that year (10.8 pg) en route to capturing ACC Rookie of the Year honors.

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