Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Maryland Athletics Game Notes for Cornell

Cornell(4-8) at Maryland (9-3)
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 | 8 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN3 | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • The last matchup in Maryland's six-game homestand comes Tuesday night when Cornell of the Ivy League comes to Comcast Center. The Terrapins are 9-3 and are hoping to continue the momentum of a perfect December and a six-game winning streak. A victory over Cornell would extend the Terps' string to seven games and match the longest string since they ended the 2009-10 season with a seven-game streak. Maryland's perfect December was its first since 2008-09.
  • All 15 Terrapins in uniform saw action on New Year's Eve in a 75-63 win over Samford. The Terrapins put three players in double figures - led by Terrell Stoglin's 24 points in only 24 minutes. Alex Len had 13 points and seven rebounds, while Nick Faust had 13 points off the bench, including a 3-for-4 performance from 3-point range. Point guard Pe'Shon Howard led the Terps on the boards with nine (all at the defensive end) and dished out five assists.
  • Over the last six games, Maryland has been particularly strong on the glass. The Terrapins have out-rebounded their opponents 241-179 combined over those six games, averaging 10.2 per game more than their opponents in that stretch. The Terps have three players among the top 25 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding - James Padgett 12th (6.6 rpg), Ashton Pankey 19th (5.4 rpg) and Sean Mosley 22nd (5.2). Alex Len (7.5 rpg) and Pe'Shon Howard (5.3 rpg) have not yet played enough games for the Terps to qualify for the stats leaders. Of note is the current statistic that has Howard with 16 assists and 16 rebounds in his three games back after a broken foot.
  • Stoglin continues to lead the ACC with a 21.8 ppg average, the only player in the league averaging better than 20 points per game. Stoglin has buried six 3-pointers in each of the last two games, including a 6-for-8 effort on New Year's Eve against Samford. Stoglin has gone from off-the-charts to now second in the ACC in 3-point FG percentage (.418, behind only Scott Wood of NC State, .486) and third in 3-point FG per game (2.3, behind Malcolm Grant of Miami and Wood, 2.8). Stoglin is 15-for-29 from 3-point range in the last four games. He remains the only ACC player to have scored 30 points or more in two games this season.
  • The return of Howard has also seemingly freed up Nick Faust's offensive game. The freshman from Baltimore has scored in double figures in back-to-back games for the first time this season, following his 10-point performance against Albany with 13 points against Samford. Faust is hitting 10-of-18 from the floor in the last two games, including 3 of 7 from 3-point range. Faust has also been outstanding with his floor game, posting 10 assists and only one turnover in the last three games.
  • Maryland's meeting with Cornell will be its second all-time and the first since 1993 when the Terrapins earned a 92-41 victory at Cole Field House (11/27/1993).

    Scouting the Big Red

    Cornell enters Tuesday night's matchup on a four-game losing streak and a 4-8 overall record this season... The Big Red are 0-7 on the road, but have stayed close in six of those games. Discounting a season-opening 79-58 loss at St. Bonaventure, Cornell has lost by an average of seven points per game... Cornell has also played in three overtime games already (2-1 record).

    Under the direction of second-year coach Bill Courtney, Cornell is prone to shoot the long ball - they've attempted 294 3-pointers this season - whereas Maryland has taken just 170... Their 8.5 3-point field goals made per game leads the Ivy League and is t-24th nationally... Senior guard Drew Ferry leads the nation in 3-point field goals per game (4.0) and ranks 22nd in 3-point field goal percentage (.457)... Ferry leads the team in scoring at 14.2 ppg

    In its most recent game, a 63-60 loss at Bucknell, Cornell used a starting lineup with three guards and two forwards: joining Ferry in the backcourt were junior Johnathan Gray and senior Chris Wroblewski, while 6-foot-6 sophomore Dwight Tarwater and 6-foot-8 junior Eitan Chemerinski were the starting forwards... Wroblewski leads the team with 69 assists and ranks second in scoring at 8.8 ppg... Gray is averaging just 5.8 ppg but is coming off a career-high 18-point performance against Bucknell.

    Freshman forward Shonn Miller leads the team in rebounding (5.9 pg), though the Big Red rank last in the Ivy League in rebounding margin (minus-8.2 pg).


    The Cornell game marks the end of Maryland's six-game homestand. The Terrapins will play their first game in a hostile arena on Sunday when they open their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule at NC State (6 p.m., ESPNU)... Maryland then returns to Comcast Center for confernece matchups with Wake Forest (Wednesday, 1/11) and Georgia Tech (Sunday, 1/15).

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