Nov. 16, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Sooner or later, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon is going to have to whittle his rotation down from 10 players.
At this juncture, however, he's happy to keep shuffling players in and out of the game - with very little change in the results.
Nine players reached double figures in minutes for the Terrapins (2-1). But Turgeon knows there aren't enough minutes in a game to everyone on the bench satisfied.
"There's not, especially when games get a little bit bigger down the road," Turgeon said. "We'll do our best to keep them happy. But they've got to keep themselves happy. As long as we're winning, I think that cures a lot of things."
"I love the depth," Allen said. "You could tell by the second half they were exhausted. Our depth really just wore them down."
Wells, a transfer from Xavier, said, "What, do we have two players at every position? It's great. I've never been on a team with this much depth."
Size was a factor, too. The Terrapins have six players over 6-foot-7 compared to one for LIU Brooklyn, which enabled Maryland to outrebound the Blackbirds 45-33 and finish with 10 blocks.
And when LIU Brooklyn tried to pack the lane, the Terrapins fired away from outside.
"I thought they were getting too many easy shots in the paint so we changed it up a little bit," Blackbirds coach Jack Perri said. "We got a stop or two in it, but it was fool's gold. They ended up making a bunch of 3s."
Julian Boyd led the Blackbirds (0-3) with 22 points, and Brandon Thompson and Jamal Olasewere each had 16. Jason Brickman added 14 points and 10 assists.
The Blackbirds stayed within striking distance until a basket by Wells and a 3-pointer by Allen sparked a 14-8 run that made it 82-68 with 4 minutes remaining.
Although Maryland connected on eight of 12 shots from beyond the arc, the Terrapins took control by dominating the inside. After the Blackbirds closed to 43-35, 6-foot-8 James Padgett made a three-point play and the 7-1 Len followed with successive dunks for a 15-point cushion with 14:40 to go.
Playing his third game with Maryland, Wells went 7 for 11 from the floor and contributed eight rebounds.
"Dez Wells played like the kid I thought he could play like," Turgeon said.
Maryland won despite committing 15 turnovers.
The Blackbirds went 2 for 13 from beyond the arc and took only two free throws in falling behind 39-30 at halftime.
Maryland fell behind 7-2 before Len made two free throws, a follow-jam and a layup to put the Terrapins ahead for good. After Len scored Maryland's first eight points, Nick Faust drilled a 3-pointer and Wells made a layup for a 13-7 lead.
With 9 minutes gone, the Terrapins had four blocks, a 13-7 rebounding advantage and led 21-11. After making three of their first five field-goal tries, the Blackbirds missed 11 of the next 13.
It was 27-17 before Boyd scored six points in a 10-3 spurt that occurred while Maryland made only one basket over 7½ minutes. A jumper by Logan Aronhalt and a 3-pointer by Allen pushed the margin to nine points at the break.