Sophomore guard Kevin Huerter doesn’t remember exactly when he had his last triple-double, but he does know it was during his senior year of high school.
He nearly had another one Thursday night.
Huerter recorded 12 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists against Fairleigh Dickinson, helping the Maryland Terrapins defeat the Knights 75-50.
“Kevin Huerter was really good,” said Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. “I didn’t realize he was close to getting a triple-double. We were trying to get him some assists, but we weren’t very good offensively in the second half.”
Huerter was aware of how close he was, because his teammates kept reminding him.
“I think every player individually told me I was only two [assists] away,” he said. “They were trying to get me some plays at the end, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. It’s all good, though.”
Huerter led the Terps on the boards, who outrebounded Fairleigh Dickinson 47-31-. His 15 rebounds were the most by a Maryland player since 2014.
“I thought we had a really good game plan and we competed,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “We worked hard this week, and I think we got better.”
Huerter was one of six Maryland players to finish in double figures. Ivan Bender had 12 points and shot 6-of-8 from the field, and Bruno Fernando finished with 11 points and eight rebounds in first game since injuring his ankle against Ohio on Dec. 7.
The Knights kept pace with the Terps for 10 minutes and pulled within one point of the lead with a 3-point basket from Jahlil Jenkins.
However, that was one of the last times the Knights scored in the first half, as Maryland went on a 24-0 run and held the Knight scoreless for nearly six minutes.
“We executed and we made shots,” Turgeon said. “We were good in the zone, we were good in man. We were good in everything. That was the difference in the game. It was good to see. We were good in all phases during that stretch.”
By halftime, Maryland had a 46-23 lead, and they maintained it for the rest of the game. hile the Knights showed improvement shooting in the second half, threes from Jared Nickens and dunks from Huerter kept the threat of threatening the lead in check.
“I thought we lost a little bit of interest in the second half,” Turgeon said. “But we continued to guard. We set a goal of holding them to 50 or less, and we hit it, so it was good.”
Maryland has now won five straight, which ties the team’s longest win streak of the season, and are 8-1 at home.
The Terps will have another long break before being back in the Xfinity Center on Dec. 29 to play the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. Tipoff will be at 8 p.m.
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