Mark Turgeon entered a victorious Maryland locker room for the 100th time on Saturday as the head coach of the Terrapins. There, he was greeted with a game ball to celebrate the occasion -- a 72-59 road victory over Northwestern.
Senior forward Jake Layman presented Turgeon with a game ball, a scene that the coach recounted in a one-on-one interview Tuesday with CSN's Chick Hernandez.
"It was great. We went through our ups and downs first few years," Turgeon said. "I thought we won a lot of games early that maybe we shouldn't have won and now we kind of got it rolling.
"It meant a lot to me that Jake [Layman] gave me the ball. Jake's been a part of a lot of the wins -- I think 83 of the wins -- so for him to give me the ball, he stuck with me when a lot of people didn't, so it was great that he gave it to me."
Turgeon' "stuck with me" comment is likely referring to the mass exodus of players from the program after the Terrapins missed the postseason entirely in 2014. Five players transferred out, but notably among those staying in College Park were Layman and guard Dez Wells.
The two helped the Terrapins to an NCAA tournament berth in 2015.
Layman would again give Turgeon's team a boost by deciding against declaring for the NBA Draft this past offseason and instead returning for his senior year and solidifying the Terrapins as legitimate national title contenders in the process.
Watch Turgeon's full interview with Hernandez in the video player above, including questions about five-star freshman Diamond Stone and the importance of senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon.