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Why Layman is a Turgeon 'all-time favorite' clear on Senior Night


Why Layman is a Turgeon 'all-time favorite' clear on Senior Night

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon has said that Jake Layman came to Maryland as a three-point specialist and he’s leaving as a basketball player, a fact that shines a light on his dedication to evolving on the court -- often in the face of outside criticism.

But that basketball player was honored on Senior Night before Thursday’s game against Illinois, raising his framed jersey above his head at center court, surrounded by his family, to a round of applause from the crowd at XFINITY Center before dropping 18 points on the Illini in a blowout 81-55 victory in College Park.

He got his moment, too. With Maryland having the game in hand late, he was able to be substituted for in the final minutes to get a last send-off from the home crowd. When he reached the sidelines, he embraced Turgeon on his way to the bench.

“He just said that he’s proud of me and he’s happy for me that it ended like it did tonight,” Layman recalled after the game. “It was a little emotional.”

Aside from noting the strides he has taken in his development as a basketball player, Turgeon has often described Layman most prominently as loyal. When five players transferred out of the program after the 2013-14 season, Layman told Turgeon that he intended to stay and see things through.


After an unexpected NCAA tournament berth last season, these Terrapins have the pure talent to make a run in March and Layman is one of the biggest reasons why.

“You’re not supposed to play favorites with your players or your kids but he’s one of my all-time favorites because he stuck with me, stuck with the program, stuck with Maryland Basketball,” Turgeon said.

"If I wanted one guy to have a great night tonight, I wanted it to be Jake and it couldn't have gone much better. I mean, every shot barely hit the net. He was on fire, so it was great to see."

If, during his freshman season, it had been said that by his senior year he would be the defensive cornerstone of a team with high hopes in March, there likely would have been some funny looks in the room. He just was not that type of player then.

But he has worked on his foot speed and his feel for the game on both ends of the floor to the point now that he is not only the attacker at the top of Maryland’s 1-3-1 press, but also its best and most versatile perimeter defender and the stretch power forward who could hold the key to a late offensive resurgence.

And he could have as much to do with a late tournament run as any other player on the roster.

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Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round


Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round

NEW YORK -- After struggling with injuries and poor play most of the season, Wisconsin is peaking at the right time.

Brevin Pritzl broke a tie with a foul-line jumper with 28 seconds left and Khalil Iverson secured the win with a steal in the waning seconds, leading Wisconsin past Maryland 59-54 on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Brad Davison and Iverson each made two free throws in the final nine seconds, and the ninth-seeded Badgers (15-17) advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Michigan on Friday at Madison Square Garden after winning for the fifth time in seven games.

"It's a credit to these guys to my right and also the guys back in the locker room, how they've grown over the last month," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "It has been fun to watch and hopefully we've got a lot more basketball yet to play."

The win wasn't pretty, but the Badgers made all the key plays down the stretch and eight-seeded Maryland (19-13) didn't.

The biggest plays were offensive rebounds by Iverson and Ethan Happ after Pritzl and Davison missed 3-point shots with the game tied at 53.

After the second miss with 40.3 seconds to go, Wisconsin called timeout and Pritzl got the game-winner 12 seconds later.

"I think, especially at the end of this game, the possessions are magnified," Davison said. "When you do things right those final possessions, you can really turn things around."

Maryland had a chance to tie the game when Kevin Huerter was fouled by Happ with 9.2 seconds to go, but he missed the first of two free throws and the Terps came up short for the seventh time in 11 games.

"I feel like we were fighting uphill all night," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We had the lead 24-23. It's the one time we had the lead. We tied it a bunch of times. It really came down to two things. We fouled too much and we couldn't get a rebound when we needed a rebound."


Happ had 14 points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin, which lost to Michigan State 68-63 less than a week ago. Davison finished with 13 points while Iverson had 11 and six rebounds and Pritzl 10 points. The Badgers, who lost starting point guard D'Mitrik Trice and reserve Kobe King to injuries in December, won despite shooting 36 percent.

"I personally figure we just have to string together an entire game for 40 minutes and just staying toe to toe with them like we did last game," Iverson said. "I know we'll be ready for them."

Huerter had 20 points to lead Maryland. Anthony Cowan Jr. added 16 points and Bruno Fernando had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wisconsin never trailed in the second half, but it never led by more than three points in the final 11:40 until the closing seconds.

Pritzl's jumper broke a 53-all tie. Huerter then missed the first free throw and made the second. Maryland fouled Davison on the inbounds pass and he made both shots with 8.5 seconds to go for a 57-54 lead.

Wisconsin fouled Cowan rather than let him attempt a game-tying 3-pointer. Since it was a nonshooting foul, the Terps had to inbound with 5 seconds to go and Iverson stole Dion Wiley's pass and then closed the game with two free throws.

"He has evolved into our defensive end stopped," Gard said. "For him to come in and make a play like that at the end to seal it was great."


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Cowan, Fernando, Huerter receive All-Big Ten honors


Cowan, Fernando, Huerter receive All-Big Ten honors

In a roller-coaster season for the Maryland Terrapins, there have been three points of consistency on their roster: Anthony Cowan Jr., Kevin Huerter, and Bruno Fernando.

On Monday, the Big Ten awarded them each their first conference recognition.


Sophomore guard, Cowan was named the All-Big Ten Third Team and the All-Defensive Team. The 6-0 guard finished 10th in the Big Ten in scoring with 15.7 points per game. He also was third in assists (5.2) and steals (1.5). He was a nightmare to defend, filling right into the role that Melo Trimble left vacated this year. Both recognitions were from the Big Ten coaches and media.

Freshman forward, Fernando was selected for the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Leading all freshmen with 6.4 rebounds and averaging 10.2 points a game, he instantly had an impact on the Terps. From Angola, the 6-10 forward capped his season with 21 points against Iowa on Jan. 7. In his first year, he went from a bench player to a starter, to Sportscenter. It was the first time ever a Terp has been named to the All-Freshman Team 

Huerter was named a Big Ten Honorable Mention by the coaches and media. Stepping into a new role in the 2017-18 season, Huerter struggled but still managed to be highly productive. With the ball in his hands more he shot 42.1 percent from deep and made 72 three-point baskets on the season. Already through two seasons, he is 12th on Maryland’s all-time three-point list.  He also scored 14.6 points a game.