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Maryland dominates St. Francis from tip: 5 things you need to know


Maryland dominates St. Francis from tip: 5 things you need to know

COLLEGE PARK -- Newly hired Maryland head football coach D.J. Durkin was greeted by a standing ovation when he was introduced to the crowd at XFINITY Center on Friday night. The basketball team then went out and gave a performance worthy of the same.

The Terrapins never trailed against St. Francis (PA) in College Park, riding the wave of three scorers in double figures to a 96-55 victory.

Robert Carter paced the Terrapins with 20 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Diamond Stone and Jake Layman had 16 points apiece.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) A fast start for a change

The only other time we’ve seen Maryland really impose their will early against a mid-major was during the team’s trip to Cancun against Rhode Island. For the first time in the United State, Maryland showed that it was the better basketball team from the start.

They led by 17 points near the 10-minute mark of the first half and pushed it to 18 by the 5-minute mark.

2) Jake Layman bounces back

The Maryland senior struggled mightily on the offense end of the floor against North Carolina, going 1-of-5 for four points. There was no trace of that on Friday night.

Layman came out aggressive and focused, taking the ball to the basket for a layup on the first chance that he got and hitting all three of his three-point attempts in the first half to give himself 11 points.

He finished with 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 4-of-6 shooting from three.


3) Diamond Stone comes off the bench

In an apparent effort to try out some different lineups, junior Damonte Dodd started over freshman Diamond Stone. It worked.

As a power forward on the second unit, Stone was able to do whatever he pleased offensively. It seems to solve two problems for Maryland. Firstly, it strengthens the defense on the first unit by shifting Dodd, the rim protector, into the starting lineup. Secondly, it gives some scoring to the second unit and breaks up the Dodd-Cekovsky pairing off the bench that is without a big who can create his own shot.

Stone finished with 16 points and four rebounds.

4) Jaylen Brantley gaining confidence

The biggest hurdle for junior college transfer Jaylen Brantley has been to shake off shyness when he is on the floor and to have the assertiveness to take shots when he is open. Inserted into the game when Maryland had a comfortable lead, he did against St. Francis.

Out on the wing, he pump faked and took one dribble inside the arc before hitting a nice jumper on the baseline. He added a three and two free throws in the first half for seven points.

For the game, he played 16 minutes. Games like this are vital for Brantley and the development of Maryland’s bench with Connecticut on Tuesday and one month to go in non-conference play.

5) Avoiding the look-ahead game

Maryland was coming off of a tough loss to North Carolina. They have Connecticut awaiting them at Madison Square next week. That didn’t seem to affect them on Friday night.

They were confident and energetic from the jump, which helped them to the win.

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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.