COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) - Head Coach Mark Turgeon was very happy with his basketball team Friday night. His team played their best basketball offensively against the LIU Brooklyn Blackhawks in 91-74 victory. Defensively, Maryland still needs work, but they tightened up in the second half to put the size-lacking Blackhawks away.
This kind of blowout victory is exactly what the young ball club needed. Since the exhibition game against IUP, folks have blamed the team's mishaps on nerves. That's officially put to rest and this win should give any player in the regular rotation the confidence needed to move forward in the season.
This game featured a much smaller lineup in parts of game, since the Blackhawk's tallest player is only 6'8''. Nevertheless, in regardless of their minutes, most players shined, but some players struggled.
Dez Wells - Up
It was a nice, all-around game for Wells. He finished the game with 15 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. He looked extremely comfortable on the floor no matter who he was playing with.
"Dez Wells played like the kid I thought he could play like," Turgeon said. Coach said he told Wells he didn't have to be the man every night and that's the way he played on Friday. Turgeon says Wells still has a way to go on defensive, though.
Pe'Shon Howard - UP
Howard only shot 1-2 from the field and scored seven points, Friday night. It's the rest of his stat line that stands out. He finished with 13 assists, seven rebounds, and only one turnover. He said he felt he was forcing it too much against Kentucky (he was) and he wanted get his teammates more invoved. It worked against the Blackhawks and finished the game just two assists short of Greivis Vasquez's record of 15 assists in one game.
Nick Faust - Down
Nick forced so many bad shots in the first half that Turgeon benched him to start the second.
"He's got to learn," said Turgeon. " I don't want the same Nick I had last year. I want Nick to get better." Turgeon said that Faust was allowed to play that way last year, but he will not let him play that way this year. The sophomore guard shot 25 percent from the field, which was an improvement from his 16 percent shooting in the first half.
Charles Mitchell - Even
Only played 12 minutes because of the Blackhawks size, but the freshman had four rebounds and two blocks in that span. One of those blocks occurred on a Blackhawk fastbreak where he chased a guard down from half court to pin his shot to the backboard. If this is what Maryland gets Mitchell now, just imagine what the finish product will look like.
Seth Allen - UP
Love. This. Kid. He had his biggest scoring output so far this season finishing with 19 points, including shooting 5 for 6 from behind the arc. He also added four assists to that total. Defensively, in transition, he was not as good. That may come with time, but how can anyone be mad at him with the way he plays offensively.
Terps' Shooting - UP
It got better as the game continued and Maryland finished the game shooting 57 percent. They also made 8 of 11 three pointers en route to scoring a season high 91 points.
Ball Control - Down
They controlled the boards with a 45 -33 rebound advantage, but turned the ball over like crazy. They had 15 TOs, 12 coming in the first half.
Other Honorable Mentions: Alex Len - Even, James Padgett - Up, Logan Aronhalt - Even, Jake Layman - Up, and Shaq Cleare - Up
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