Terps Get Back To D & Rebounding, Record Just Second ACC Road Victory
by Al Galdi
Mar 03, 2013 -- 1:51pm

Maryland wins at Wake Forest 67-57 on Saturday afternoon (March 2, 2013).

The Facts:

1.    The Terrapins improved to 20-9 overall.

2.    The Terps improved to 8-8 in the ACC, including 2-6 in conference road games.

The Positives:
1.    The Terps, off struggling defensively when it came to their opponents’ field-goal percentage in six of the previous nine games, held the Demon Deacons to 32.7-percent shooting and remain first in the ACC in field-goal-percentage defense (37.7 percent).

2.    The Terps, off losing the rebounding battle in two of the previous three games, won the rebounding battle, 41-30, and now have a rebounding differential of plus-281 over 29 games this season.  The Terps lead the ACC with an average rebounding margin of plus-9.7.

3.    The Terps shot above 40 percent for the 10th time in 11 games, connecting on 47.5 percent from the field.

4.    Sophomore guard/forward and highly-touted Xavier transfer Dez Wells had 23 points on 11-of-12 shooting, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes as a starter.  He did commit five turnovers and did go just 1-for-5 on free throws.

5.    Junior guard Pe’Shon (PEE-shahn) Howard started for just the third time since the Terps began ACC play.  He went 0-for-2 on threes but 3-for-4 on twos and finished with eight points, four assists versus two turnovers, three rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes as a starter.  Howard now is 12-for-49 from the field, including 3-for-22 on threes, over 14 ACC games this season.

6.    Senior guard and Albany transfer Logan Aronhalt went 3-for-7 on threes and had three rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes off the bench.

7.    Sophomore guard Nick Faust had nine points on 3-of-7 shooting and four rebounds in 26 minutes as a starter.  He did have one assist versus three turnovers.

8.    Senior forward James Padgett had six points on 3-of-5 shooting, three rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes as a starter.

9.    True-freshman center Shaquille Cleare had four points on 2-of-3 shooting and three rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench.

The Negatives:
1.    The Terps, off committing just 34 turnovers over the previous three games, committed 19 turnovers and now are last in the ACC with an average turnover margin of minus-4.52.

2.    The Terps went just 8-for-13 on free throws and now are 10th out of 12 ACC teams with a free-throw percentage of 65.8.

3.    Sophomore center Alex Len had just five points on 2-of-6 shooting in 23 minutes as a starter.  He did have 10 rebounds and two blocks.

4.    True-freshman forward Charles Mitchell went 1-for-6 from the field, committed three turnovers and had just three rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.  He did total three steals.

5.    True-freshman guard/forward Jake Layman went 0-for-4 from the field in nine minutes off the bench.  He did have three rebounds.

6.    True-freshman guard Seth Allen went 0-for-3 from the field in nine minutes off the bench.

Injury/Absence/Roster Update:
1.    Junior forward John Auslander (AHS-lan-der) was announced as being done for the season due to a fractured left tibia on Dec. 20.  He totaled 16 minutes in four games this season.

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