Fresh­men didn’t have to do heavy lift­ing in win

Start­ing trio of Jack­son, Cowan, Huerter help Terps se­cure 5-0 record

Baltimore Sun - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL NBA - By Don Markus don.markus@balt­ twit­­sprof56

COL­LEGE PARK — For­ward Justin Jack­son didn’t take over the game, as he had done for a stretch of the se­cond half in wins over Ge­orge­town and Tow­son.

Point guard An­thony Cowan didn’t take a sin­gle 3-point shot, try­ing to jump-start his of­fen­sive game, as he had done against the Hoyas and Divi­sion III St. Mary’s.

Shoot­ing guard Kevin Huerter didn’t sud­denly try to start scor­ing, as he had done in high school, rather than con­tinue to be the stat­stuff­ing fa­cil­i­ta­tor and de­fender he had been through his first four col­lege games.

And Maryl and coach Mark Tur­geon couldn’t have been hap­pier that this trio of starters — be­lieved to be the first three fresh­men to start to­gether in pro­gram his­tory — didn’t sud­denly get self­ish.

“It’s nice for them not to have to carry the load tonight and have other guys do it,” Tur­geon said af­ter Mary­land’s 77-63 win over Stony Brook on Tues­day night at Xfin­ity Cen­ter gave the Terps a 5-0 record. “It’s hard at that young age to have to do that ev­ery night.”

Com­ing off a sea­son-high 21-point per­for­mance, in which he hit eight of 13 shots over­all, in­clud­ing five of seven on 3-point­ers, Jack­son scored just eight points on 3-for-8 shoot­ing and missed his only 3-point at­tempt. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound for­ward did have a team-high nine re­bounds.

Huerter fin­ished with just four points, to go with five re­bounds and two as­sists, but seemed to play more ag­gres­sively on the of­fen­sive end Bar­clays Clas­sic Brook­lyn, N.Y. Fri­day, 9:30 p.m. TV: MASN Ra­dio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM Mary­land’s An­thony Cowan drib­bles down­court against Stony Brook. Cowan scored eight points, and fel­low fresh­man guard Kevin Huerter, rear, had four. while continuing to be his team’s best perime­ter de­fender. Huerter hit his first shot early, fin­ished a strong drive on a pass from Melo Trim­ble and found ju­nior cen­ter Michal Cekovsky on a se­cond-half al­ley-oop.

Cowan played more point guard than Trim­ble, al­low­ing the ju­nior guard to take over the game of­fen­sively at times (21 points). Cowan also scored eight points, with six com­ing from the free-throw line, to go with four re­bounds, two as­sists and a steal.

“We did a lot of film work with An­thony about just run­ning the team and de­fend­ing,” Tur­geon said.

It ap­pears, at least for now, that Tur­geon will con­tinue to start the three fresh­men.

There doesn’t ap­pear to be a chem­istry prob­lem with hav­ing three fresh­men start and older play­ers, such as ju­niors Jared Nick­ens and Jaylen Brant­ley, as well as red­shirt sopho­more Dion Wi­ley, com­ing off the bench. Wi­ley had 13 points in 13 min­utes, hit­ting four of five 3-point­ers. Brant­ley had six points, two re­bounds and an as­sist in 21 min­utes. The Terps also got 11 points from backup cen­ter Michal Cekovsky, who played his first game af­ter miss­ing four with a sprained foot.

“Tonight I was ner­vous. ‘Oh, my gosh, I only have eight guys [healthy],’ ” Tur­geon said. “I wasn’t sure Dion was go­ing to play, I wasn’t sure Ceko was go­ing to play. Then we ac­tu­ally had 10. ... It was an en­cour­ag­ing night.”


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