COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- There were plenty of questions that needed to be asked Friday after Maryland’s 59-0 loss to Penn State. Head coach Mike Locksley chose to address one of those questions before reporters even got the chance.
“It was my decision to not play D.J.,” Locksley said during the opening remarks of his postgame press conference. “D.J. has to focus on the non-football things right now. I won’t get into or comment on anything further on that until I have more information.”
The fact that one of the team’s offensive weapons did not see a single snap in a game in which the Terps were dominated was certainly eyebrow-raising. Now we know why.
Turner was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol on Sept. 20, according to a report by the Washington Post. According to the report, “Turner was also charged with disobeying lawful order or direction of a police officer, reckless driving and other traffic violations. The case record indicates the offenses did not contribute to an accident or lead to personal injury.”
Turner is the team’s starting slot receiver. He has four catches for 84 yards this season, three punt returns for 107 yards and a touchdown and one 22-yard kickoff return.
This is not Turner’s first run-in with the law. In 2016, he and running back Lorenzo Harrison III were suspended over a BB gun incident, though chargers were eventually dropped. Both players were suspended four games.
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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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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.
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