In the lone exhibition game of its preseason, Maryland defeated Division II Lynn University 100-67 to kick off the Terps’ 100th season of basketball.
In a game that was not close from the start, tonight was all about seeing how this new Terps team would play together. Five Terps scored in double figures, led by freshman Jalen Smith’s 22 points and six rebounds.
Turgeon sent out multiple lineups in the first half, with 11 players seeing the court as he looked to determine which ones are most effective before Sunday’s season opener against Delaware. Freshmen Aaron Wiggins and Jalen Smith got the start with returning players Anthony Cowan Jr., Darryl Morsell, and Bruno Fernando rounding out the starting lineup for Maryland.
Wiggins scored Maryland’s first bucket of the night while Smith struggled to get started in his first outing as a Terp. An offensive foul and turnover led him to the bench during the first minutes of the game.
Smith eventually got his legs under him and ended the half with 12 points on 4-6 shooting and three rebounds.
The freshman had an even bigger second half, scoring 10 points and making two three-pointers. If he and Bruno Fernando can continue to play at the level they did tonight, Maryland could very well have one of the top frontcourts in the nation.
The bulk of tonight’s offense, however, came from returning players and perhaps Maryland’s heart-and-soul this year, Cowan and Fernando.
Fernando looked dominant tonight, getting pretty much any shot he wanted in the post and ended with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He even made a three-pointer in the second half, showing just how much he has improved his game over the offseason.
Cowan picked up right where he left off last year, leading and facilitating Maryland’s offense. He had 13 points and six assists.
Freshman Eric Ayala contributed right away off the bench, making a three-pointer in his first play as a Terp and added six more points off of free throws in the first half.
Wiggins ended with 13 points and five rebounds and showed why there was so much hype around him throughout the preseason. If tonight was any indication of how the season will go, I don’t think Terp fans will have to worry about missing Kevin Huerter.
The new No. 11, Darryl Morsell, picked up right where the old No. 11, Jared Nickens, left off last season, making two three-pointers in the first half. Morsell made three three-pointers all of last season. Morsell ended with 12 points on 4-5 shooting and looks to be much improved on offense this year after struggling with his shot last season. The Terps in total made nine three-pointers on the night.
Morsell ended with 12 points on 4-5 shooting and looks to be much improved on offense this year after struggling with his shot last season.
Freshmen Serrel Smith Jr. and Ricky Lindo Jr. saw action in the first half tonight but failed to make much of an impact in their time on the floor. Lindo ended with two points off of a failed and-one and Smith did not score in the half.
Smith Jr. finally got his first bucket in the second half while Lindo added his second field goal late in the second half.
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon has a lot of decisions to make for his lineups before Sunday’s season opener, but this team has a lot of depth which should make his job a little easier.
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