No. 8 Maryland looks for a second straight win to start the 2019-20 campaign when it hosts Rhode Island in a non-conference clash on Saturday night. The Terrapins opened their season with an easy 95-71 home win over Holy Cross on Tuesday, while the Rams earned a 76-65 victory over Long Island.
Rhode Island boasted a balanced scoring attack in its season-opening win, with five players scoring in double figures. Junior Fatts Russell led the way with 18 points, while senior Cyril Langevine recorded a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Maryland also had a balanced scoring effort, with four players in double figures, led by sophomore Jalen Smith's 16 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Darryl Morsell added 15 points, while Anthony Cowan and Eric Ayala scored 12 apiece.
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ABOUT RHODE ISLAND (1-0): The depth of the Rams took a hit with Georgetown transfer Antwan Walker out until the second semester and Jeremy Sheppard, a junior college transfer, declared academically ineligible for the season. That leaves coach David Cox having to rely on his starters more than he'd like, with four of them -- Russell, Langevine, Jeff Dowtin and Tyrese Martin -- logging more than 30 minutes apiece in the season opener. The fifth starter, Jermaine Harris, and reserves Jacob Toppin and Dana Tate all played 14 or more minutes, showing Cox's main rotation for the early part of the season, with three other reserves combining for just 12 minutes in the win.
ABOUT MARYLAND (1-0): The Terrapins' highly regarded freshman class made its debut in the season opener, with Donta Scott, Makhi and Makhel Mitchell and Hakim Hart all playing in a college game for the first time. Scott led the way among the freshmen with 17 1/2 minutes of playing time and nine points, while Makhi Mitchell was in for eight minutes, finishing with six points. Makhel Mitchell scored two points in his seven minutes of action, while Hart finished with three points in three minutes as coach Mark Turgeon played nearly everyone on the bench in the easy win.
1. Maryland took 76 shots in its season-opening win over Holy Cross, the most by a Terrapins team under Turgeon and most by the team since a February 2010 game vs. Wake Forest.
2. Langevine's double-double in Rhode Island's season opener was the 24th of his career, which is tied for eighth among active Division I players.
3. Maryland is 46-6 in non-conference home games at the XFINITY Center over the past six seasons.
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