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How Princeton surprised Turgeon, but Terps responded in win

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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.

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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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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time. 

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