Article by Mike Touma
After a hot start to the season, the Terps look to keep rolling in their contest against the Hofstra Pride this Friday in College Park. Starting at 3-0, Maryland has looked good thus far as they continue their out of conference play to open the year.
In their last game, the Terps battled North Carolina A&T on Monday night.. Led by sophomore Bruno Fernando, who posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, Maryland flew out of the gate and never looked back in their 82-59 victory over the Aggies.
With a young squad this year, the Terps look to their freshman for much of the team’s production this season. Standout Aaron Wiggins put on a performance on Monday night, dropping 14 points with four assists. First-year Ricky Lindo also contributed with four points along with seven rebounds.
The Pride, starting the year at a record of 2-1, also played North Carolina A&T in their last matchup on Wednesday night, picking up a 92-72 victory at home. Senior Justin Wright-Foreman scored a game-high 22 points for the Pride in the win, leading the team in scoring for the third time this season. Coming off a big game, Wright-Foreman looks to keep the hot hand in College Park against the Terps.
For Maryland, the key to their success so far this year has been height. Two giants loom in the paint for the Terps in 6-10 freshman Jalen Smith and 6-10 sophomore Bruno Fernando. Both of these young stars have controlled the games this year, racking up stats on both offense and defense. The Terps will look for these two to carry over their success into Friday’s matchup.
Another big part in Maryland’s offense is junior point guard Anthony Cowan Jr. Coming off a Third Team All-B1G selection a season ago, Cowan has really put this team under his wing as he looks to lead the Terps to future successes this year. He is averaging 17.3 points and 4 assists through the first three games of the year.
This will be the fifth meeting between the Terps and Pride, with Maryland leading the series 4-0. As part of the CAA conference, Hofstra does not get much exposure to the B1G, so they will look to capitalize in their rare matchup against the Terps.
With both teams starting the season strong, it should be a high scoring contest between to historic programs. The Terps look to stay unbeaten through the first two weeks of play, with a B1G-ACC matchup against Virginia in sight. In a very competitive conference this season, every game counts for Maryland in and out of the B1G.
The game will air on BTN Plus live from the XFINITY Center on Friday at 7 p.m.
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