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How Princeton surprised Turgeon, but Terps responded in win


How Princeton surprised Turgeon, but Terps responded in win

BALTIMORE -- Mark Turgeon admitted during his postgame press conference that he was not prepared for the 3-2 zone that Princeton threw at his team out of the gate on Saturday night in Baltimore.

Combine that with hot shooting by the Tigers to start and it was a recipe for a six-point deficit, 25-19, with 6:36 to play in the first half.

“Our whole offensive strategy was to play in the paint and then they showed a 3-2 zone and I thought we shot too many jumpers at the start,” Turgeon said.

“I thought we kind of got used to it. Put different guys in the high post, but we really got it clicking in the second half. We had better movement and guys shared the ball, we moved it quicker.”

Then the tide turned.

With the help from a 1-3-1 press, Maryland made Princeton uncomfortable and ripped off a 16-2 run to seize control of the game that they never relinquished.


Senior Jake Layman was instrumental not only to helping Maryland keep its head above water as Princeton shot an uncharacteristically high percentage from three to begin the game, but he powered the comeback as the attack dog in the 1-3-1 press and a solid shot maker. He finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.

The offense took off from there, with five players finishing in double figures -- not one of whom was Melo Trimble, who played more of a true point guard role with seven points and 10 assists.

“It was a different game. We weren’t prepared for the 3-2 and we haven’t seen it a lot and we kind of adjusted,” Turgeon said.

“Once we got the ball inside and kind of calmed down a little bit,” Layman said, “things started going our way.”

Maryland would be forced to counterpunch at two different points in the second half, when a double-digit lead dwindled down to single digits again. But a Diamond Stone and-1 jumper and a Layman shot halted the runs.

Maryland now moves to 10-1 on the season and has an extended holiday layoff before facing Marshall on Dec. 27.

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.

After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.

He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.

With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

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NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter was drafted No. 19 overall Thursday night by the Atlanta Hawks.

He's the Terps' highest draft pick since the Phoenix Suns drafted Alex Len fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Huerter played two seasons with Maryland, averaging 12 points, five rebounds and three assists as a Terp. He's best known for his knockdown shooting ability, as he knocked down 46.6 percent of his shots from the field, including 39.4 percent of his three-point shots. During his sophomore season, he was better than 50 percent from the field and better than 40 percent from deep.

Back in April, when Huerter first declared for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, it was widely assumed he was just testing the waters to get feedback from NBA scouts and would return to school for his junior season. But an outstanding performance at the NBA Combine saw his hardly existent draft stock skyrocket. Almost overnight, Huerter's name was popping up in the first round of mock drafts, and now what seemed like a no-brainer decision to return to school wasn't so clear.

On May 30, he announced that he would leave his name in the 2018 NBA Draft and hire an agent. He recently had surgery on a torn ligament in his hand, but is expected to miss only two months and make a full recovery by the time the 2018 NBA season starts.

With the Atlanta Hawks, Huerter should pick up right where he left off shooting in college, but can also provide high basketball IQ and sneaky athleticism. He and Trae Young join Dennis Schröder and Kent Bazemore who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season.