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Terps don't often need Bowie St. night from Cekovsky (and that's OK)

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Terps don't often need Bowie St. night from Cekovsky (and that's OK)

COLLEGE PARK -- As Maryland tried to deal with early trapping pressure from Bowie State on Tuesday night in College Park, sophomore center Michal Cekovsky helped to get things going offensively by (almost casually) playing a first half in which he came just one point shy of his career high in scoring -- for a game.

He would go on to score 14 points, setting a new personal best, in a 93-62 victory over the Division II Bulldogs at XFINITY Center. 

"It's good for his confidence. I think defensively he was good, too, which is great to see. Any time you get up for 19, 20 minutes, whatever he plays, it's good."

Tuesday night was a rarity, though. Maryland will not often need that kind of scoring output from Cekovsky. If they do, that means that things aren't going well in another area because Cekovsky is the team's fourth big man and the fourth in the post from whom offense is expected.

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Robert Carter, Jr. and Diamond Stone carry the offensive load, then Damonte Dodd adds what he can off the bench. Cekovsky helps in other ways.

Maryland has been able to avoid foul trouble in the post for much of the season, but his absence showed against Northwestern when those issues arose. 

Out with an illness, Cekovsky was not available and freshman Diamond Stone picked up four fouls. Without another option to turn to aside from Carter and Dodd, Maryland had to survive late in an overtime win. 

That's where the sophomore's talents will come into play down the stretch of the conference season and into tournament play.

"Coach always likes to tell me before every game, like, protect the basket, get rebounds, make impact on defense and that's basically it," he said.

Did he feel like he did some of those things on Tuesday, outside of scoring? "I tried," he said with a smile.

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.