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Maryland stays unbeaten with 104-67 rout of Marshall

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Maryland stays unbeaten with 104-67 rout of Marshall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland had just blown out Marshall, combining a sharp-shooting offense and an aggressive defense to brush aside a team that reached the NCAA tournament last season.

For a change, Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon didn't talk about what his young squad had to do to get better. There was no need for that after a 104-67 victory Friday night.

"I'll state the obvious: This is the best we played this year," Turgeon said. "It was a really good offensive team that we guarded really well. And when you make shots, everything looks better."

Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 26 points and Bruno Fernando had 18 points and 16 rebounds to help Maryland (6-0) cruise past the previously unbeaten Thundering Herd.

"We're getting better," Turgeon said of a team with six freshmen and one scholarship senior. "This is great for us because it gives us confidence."

The Terrapins closed the first half with a 15-4 run, then scored the opening 13 points after intermission to take a 66-38 lead. The margin swelled to 44 points with seven minutes left before Turgeon started pulling his starters.

Jannson Williams scored a career-high 24 for the Thundering Herd (4-1), who came in averaging 93.5 points per game.

"It wasn't a game, it was a trouncing," Marshall coach Dan D'Antoni said. "They played extremely well. You've got to give it to them. They punched us in the mouth. We didn't get back up."

Maryland finished with a 52-30 rebounding advantage and shot 57 percent, including 9 for 16 from beyond the arc.

After winning previously with strong inside play from Fernando and freshman Jalen Smith, Maryland received ample contributions from its guards. Cowan scored 19 in the first half by repeatedly driving the lane for easy shots, freshman Eric Ayala finished with 20 points -- going 5 for 6 from 3-point range -- and sophomore Darryl Morsell added 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting.

"We just played a really good game overall," Cowan said. "Not only guards but the bigs as well."

In their first five games, the Terps shot 27 percent (31 for 113) from beyond the arc and averaged 81 points.

"We've got good shooters. Guys are just getting more comfortable," Turgeon said. "We didn't take a lot of (3-point shots). We took good ones. It's nice to make them."

Maryland trailed 24-23 before moving in front for good with an 11-0 spurt. Williams answered with eight straight points, but the Herd could get no closer.

Cowan scored seven points in the final 18 seconds of the first half to put the Terrapins up 53-38 at the break.

"We lost our discipline. We quit running our stuff," D'Antoni said. "We kind of went individually a little bit. Give them credit. They pushed it that way. But that's when you've got to concentrate more."

In a duel between a high-powered offense and a team determined to defend, Maryland won out.

"We know we can be a pretty good offensive team, but defense comes first," Cowan said. "So we're taking a lot of pride in it."


Marshall guard Jon Elmore made his first two shots, then missed his final 12 to finish with 6 points. He had scored at least 10 points in 75 straight games and was averaging 23 points per game this season.

Despite his miserable night, Elmore became the third-leading scorer in Marshall history and moved within 14 points of scoring 2,000 for his career.


Marshall: After a solid start to the season, the Thundering Herd received a sobering reality check. "We'll get back. It happens. It's November," D'Antoni said.

Maryland: The Terrapins finally got their offensive clicking from inside and out, and the timing couldn't be better with games against Virginia and Penn State next week.

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Jalen Smith's double-double helps Maryland rout Notre Dame

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Jalen Smith's double-double helps Maryland rout Notre Dame

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Jalen Smith had 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds as No. 3 Maryland cruised to a 72-51 victory over Notre Dame on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Eric Ayala scored 14 points and Aaron Wiggins added 11 for the Terrapins (9-0), who are off to their best start since winning 10 in a row to open the 1998-99 season.

John Mooney had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Notre Dame (6-2), which had won six in a row since opening the season with a loss at North Carolina.

It took some time for the Terps' offense to get going, but their defense was sharp for nearly the entire first half. After falling behind 9-4, Maryland allowed just four points over the next 12:31.

Ayala scored seven points in a row to turn a one-point game into a 21-13 lead, and later delivered a tomahawk slam a minute before the break. Aaron Wiggins capped the half by getting the carom from his missed 3-pointer and slamming it home for a 32-20 lead.

Notre Dame never cut the deficit to less than 10 in the second half as Maryland snapped a six-game skid in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, a streak that began when the Terps were still in the ACC.

Smith recorded his fifth double-double of the season, matching his total from all of last season.


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Terps close first half vs. Notre Dame with two emphatic dunks (WATCH)

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Terps close first half vs. Notre Dame with two emphatic dunks (WATCH)

The Maryland Terrapins, like they have many times in the Mark Turgeon era, started off slow Wednesday night against Notre Dame.

But the Terps closed the first half by making eight of their final nine shots, including two very emphatic dunks.

The first came from sophomore Eric Ayala, who took the lead pass from forward Jalen Smith following a turnover and finished with a right-hand tomahawk.

The latter came from guard Aaron Wiggins. The sophomore attempted a three-point shot with just a handful of seconds remaining in the half, but realized his shot was off as soon as his feet hit the floor. 

Likely making his AAU coach happy, Wiggins followed his shot perfectly, grabbed the rebound and threw down the putback dunk just a couple of seconds before time expired, giving the Terps a 12-point lead at the break.

If the No. 3 Terps can hang on to their lead, it will be Maryland's first time starting 9-0 in around two decades.