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Maryland blows out Marshall: 5 things you need to know

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Maryland blows out Marshall: 5 things you need to know

COLLEGE PARK -- Coming off a layoff of more than a week without a game, Maryland had no more than four minutes worth of rust to shake off.

Once it got its footing in front of another announced sellout crowd, the Terrapins hit few bumps in the road on their way to an 87-67 victory over Marshall at XFINITY Center in College Park.

Redshirt junior Robert Carter, Jr. led the way with 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting while adding eight rebounds. Freshman Diamond Stone was in double figures scoring for the fifth straight game with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Here are five things you need to know about the Maryland win.

1) Lack of intensity early

Through the game’s first four minutes, there was a familiar symptom that once again came up for Maryland. Defensive closeouts on the perimeter were slow. The offense was not running at full speed.

With the size of Marshall’s bigs -- the undersized, more agile, floor-stretching types -- the Thundering Herd pulled the larger Damonte Dodd and Robert Carter, Jr. away from the basket and forced them to get out to 23 feet.

The results? The game was tied, 9-9, at the under-16 timeout.

2) Picking it up

Something clicked out of the under-16 timeout. Maryland was crisp. The first offensive possession ended in a Diamond Stone dunk. There were more hands in Herd faces. The Terrapins went on a 12-2 run to extend the lead to 21-11 in short order.

Despite the fact that Maryland’s bigs had trouble defending on the perimeter against a smaller Marshall team, there is another side to that coin. Marshall can’t defend Maryland in the post. Head coach Mark Turgeon got the ball to Carter and Diamond Stone on the interior.

Carter had 15 points at the break. Stone had eight at the break off the bench.

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3) But Marshall fights back, before Terps open it up

On the back of guard Austin Loop’s 11 first-half points, the Herd trimmed a 13-point Maryland first-half lead down to just one with 4:01 to go before the break.

Shot selection was not as sharp in that stretch for Maryland and the Terrapins allowed that run to happen. But Maryland caught itself before it really stumbled. By finishing the half on a 9-0 run, Maryland carried a 46-36 lead into the break.

4) The sore spots

Too many times, Maryland was careless with the basketball. Simple entry passes or ball movement around the perimeter resulted in turnovers. They were too loose with the ball getting to the rim. The Terrapins turned the ball over 19 times.

On the offensive glass, the Herd grabbed 15 boards, which is too many for a team with such a size disadvantage. But Maryland pulled through.

5) But the spread ultimately wins out

Maryland’s offense, as it has been all season, takes in a bunch of factors and often spits out a good shot for whichever player happens to be open. That means spreading the wealth, which we saw again on Sunday.

Though Carter and Stone drove the bus, they were two of four total players in double figures. Jake Layman came on late after going scoreless in the first half. Jaylen Brantley, playing against his former team, looked comfortable and in control to put up eight points for himself.

Melo Trimble finished with 13. Rasheed Sulaimon added 14 along with five rebounds and four assists.

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

It was just months ago that Maryland sophomore Kevin Huerter was a sure lock to return for the 2018-2019 season in College Park. 

At some point during the offseason, the 19-year-old changed his mind and decided to test his luck and enter the 2018 NBA Draft. 

After a solid performance at the Combine, Huerter began to soar up draft projection boards. 

Fast forward to the night of the Draft on June 21 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The Clifton Park, N.Y. native declined an invite to instead be with his family, friends and former teammates at a local country club. 

After watching 18 players get their names called by Commisioner Adam Silver, this happened: 

This viral video had the 518 (Albany, N.Y. area code) basketball community buzzing about the kid who brought Shenendehowa High School its first state championship since 1987. 

Huerter enjoyed outreach from many different names throughout the sports community: 

On Monday, Huerter was officially introduced as the newest Atlanta Hawk. His father, Tom Huerter, documented part of the special day on Twitter: 

In other news, if you don't see Kevin Huerter in Summer League, don't worry. Earlier this month, Huerter learned he needed to repair torn ligaments in his right shooting hand in order to be fully ready for the start of camp. 

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk expressed his confidence in a full recovery for Huerter during the introductory press conference Monday. 

Clearly the organization is in the middle of a massive rebuild, and it's hoping that newcomers Kevin Huerter, Trae Young and Omari Spellman will be at the center of it. 

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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.