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How Kevin Huerter quietly put up a 12-15-8 line against Fairleigh Dickinson

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

Sung Min Kim | Testudo Times

By the time Maryland men’s basketball had finished its 25-point blowout of Fairleigh Dickinson, Kevin Huerter accomplished a feat that no other power-conference player has managed this decade.

Huerter was two assists shy of a triple-double, finishing with a career-high 15 boards, to go with 12 points, two made threes and eight assists. Only five players in all of Division I have accomplished this feat since 2011, which is as far back as the Sports Reference Player Game Index goes.

Huerter’s 15 rebounds are also the most by a Terp since March 2014, when Charles Mitchell pulled in 15 against Clemson.

“We saw [Huerter] play in high school a lot, and he could’ve named his place,” Fairleigh Dickinson head coach Greg Herenda told reporters. “He’s going to be one of the great ones at Maryland. He’s more athletic live than I thought, and he’s better defensively. Huerter’s a problem for a lot of people.”

Huerter got the scoring portion of his double-double out of the way in the first half, finishing a perfect 4-of-4 and knocking in his first two triples of the game. By the end of the first 20 minutes, his stat line included 10 points, four rebounds and six assists.

“[Huerter]’s playing great, and it’s big time because we really need it,” Ivan Bender said after the game. “Actually Coach [Turgeon] pointed out in the first half he didn’t box out as much as he was supposed to. ... Kevin stepped up big time.”

He only went 1-for-8 shooting for the half, and didn’t pick up his first assist of the half until almost 10 minutes into the half. However, Huerter apparently took his coach’s direction in stride, tallying 11 rebounds after the halftime break. He’s taller than all but two players for the Knights, but 15 boards is still no easy feat.

He snagged his 10th rebound of the game with 12:31 remaining in the half, and after he picked up his seventh assist on a flush by Bruno Fernando, he was firmly on triple-double watch. He’d pick up his eighth and final assist on a three by Jared Nickens with seven minutes left.

He wouldn’t get the triple-double, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. Bender said after the bench realized he had eight assists, Michal Cekovsky—who missed the game with ankle soreness—told everyone to shoot if Huerter gets it to them.

“It was funny. Individually, every player on the bench told me that I was only two assists away,” Huerter said. “I think Coach Turgeon said he was trying to run plays at the end of the game to get me in situations that I could make plays, but it didn’t end up working out.”

In other news

Freshmen Fernando and Morsell started together for the first time this season, and two of Maryland’s most emotional contributors made for some great pics of last night’s game.

It’s the last day of the first early signing period and with most of the Terps’ class locked up, it’s time to look at what’s next for football.

As a Baltimore kid, Darryl Morsell’s toughness has been touted since he was a recruit. The Washington Post’s Roman Stubbs took a look at the city and tragedy that produced his tenacity.

Maryland’s special teams coordinator Pete Lembo is a finalist for Fordham’s open head coaching job. It would be his fourth stint as a head coach, and an announcement could come as soon as today.

Former Illinois linebacker Tre Watson will announce where he’ll spend his graduate transfer season around noon. *eyes emojis*

After tearing his ACL early in the season, quarterback Kasim Hill is already counting down the days until the Terps take on Texas to kick off next season. He was also good enough to fill a highlight tape despite only playing around five quarters.