After a 3-0 week, Maryland men’s basketball climbs one spot to No. 20 in the Associated Press poll released Nov. 15.
Gonzaga (2-0) tops the AP poll, followed by UCLA (2-0) and Kansas (2-0). Michigan (2-0) is the highest-rated Big Ten team at No. 4.
Maryland opened the season with an 83-69 win against Quinnipiac Nov. 9. Junior center Qudus Wahab, a transfer from Georgetown, finished the night with a team-high 17 points. Senior guard Eric Ayala added 13 points and eight rebounds and led the team with 27 minutes. Ayala also scored his 1,000th career point in the game, the 58th player in Terrapin history to do so.
“When we signed Eric, I didn’t know if he’d be the player that he is today,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “He’s really turned into a great player for us.”
The game marked the Terps’ 45th consecutive home-opener win.
The Terps then hosted George Washington Nov. 11. Maryland trailed, 30-29, at halftime but pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Colonials 42-34 for a 71-64 victory. Wahab posted his first double-double of the season, leading the Terps with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Graduate guard Fatts Russell added 15 points and six rebounds.
Maryland closed out the week against Vermont Nov. 13. The Terps once again trailed at the half, this time by a a score of 36-32, but came on strong in the second half, outscoring the Catamounts, 36-21, for a 68-57 win.
Maryland finished the game with 45 rebounds (23 in the second half). Junior center Qudus Wahab and junior forward Donta Scott finished the game with eight rebounds each. The Terrapins out-rebounded the Catamounts, 45-33. The Terps’ offense was led by Ayala and Russell, both of whom tallied 22 points. Ayala went 7-for-18 on field-goal attempts and 6-for-6 on free throws. Russell went 7-for-16 from the field and 6-for-9 from the free-throw line.
“That was a fantastic win for our team,” Turgeon said after the game. “I’ve got nothing but respect for Vermont and their players and [head coach John Becker]. Their coach is one of the best coaches in the country. Our guys did a great job of locking in with the game plan.”
Up Next: Maryland’s five-game homestand to open the season continues with a Nov. 17 matchup against George Mason (3-0) followed by Hofstra (1-1) on Nov. 19. .
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