Five Takeaways — Maryland 83, Lafayette 74

Sports,Campus Confidential,Kevin Dunleavy

Paint Power. The difference was Maryland’s work inside. The Terps out-rebounded the Leopards 44-28 and had a 50-12 edge on points in the lane, led by 7-1 Alex Len (16 points, eight rebounds) and 6-8 James Padgett (14 points, four rebounds). “Their strength, size and points in the paint were too much to overcome,” Lafayette coach Fran O’Hanlon said. “I’m extremely proud of how we played.”

Spread Offense. Lafayette of the Patriot League presented an odd match-up for Maryland. The Leopards (1-3) stationed players on the perimeter, but still managed to grab 15 offensive rebounds, turning many into kick-out 3-point attempts. Lafayette made 15 of 32 tries from beyond the arc. Maryland’s 6-foot-8, 260-pound Charles Mitchell found himself in the unusual position of guarding players on the wing. “We had to adjust our defense because of the way they were playing,” Mitchell said. “They could shoot, one through five. You leave them open and it was a knock-down.”

Faust Rebounds. Late Friday night, after a rough game against Long Island and receiving criticism from Maryland coach Mark Turgeon for playing selfishly, Nick Faust took to the floor and worked on fundamentals in the Comcast Center, which was empty except for a dozen or so reporters. On Tuesday Faust’s focus paid off as he scored 14 points and had eight rebounds. “I thought Nick played with poise,” Turgeon said. “He isn’t allowed to act like a sophomore. He has to act older than that. It was by far his best game.”

‘Big Ten, Big Ten.’ Attending basketball games in the last two years, there’s been barely a ripple of recognition for school president Wallace Loh. When he took his seat behind the Terps’ bench on Tuesday night, however, the day after announcing Maryland’s move from the ACC to the Big Ten, he was greeted with enthusiastic chants of “Big Ten, Big Ten…”

Upcoming Challenge. Maryland’s next game is Saturday night against Georgia Southern (1-2) of the Southern Conference. Its first true road game comes Tuesday at Northwestern (4-0) in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. The Wildcats graduated star John Shurna, but their starting perimeter trio is back in 6-4 Reggie Hearn (14.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg), 6-5 Drew Crawford (12.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg), and 6-1 Dave Sobolewski (9.5 ppg, 6.3 apg), joined inside by 7-foot freshman Alex Olah (8.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg), and 6-8 Jared Swopshire (10.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg), who transferred after graduating from Louisville. “We can measure ourselves when we play Northwestern,” said Dez Wells (11 points, six rebounds). “We’ll see where we are from that Kentucky game. I think we’re getting better every day.”

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