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Maryland basketball handles Rome All-Stars to start Italian summer tour

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

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Maryland basketball’s Italian training tour started off on the right foot Monday, as the Terps eased their way to an 83-59 over the Rome All-Stars.

Aaron Wiggins led the way with a game-high 17 points. Darryl Morsell and Anthony Cowan weren’t far behind with 14 and 12, respectively.

The highlight of the day was an early alley-oop from Cowan to Jalen Smith. That and a handful of other highlights are on Maryland’s Instagram story, which we’ve conveniently placed in a tweet.

With some support from Eric Ayala and an eight-point second quarter from Wiggins, the Terps took a 46-30 lead into the half. That lead grew in the third quarter thanks to a stingy Maryland defense that only allowed 10 points.

Serrel Smith joined the party as the Terps got hot from downtown. When the day was over, Smith finished in double figures too, scoring 10 points in his unofficial Maryland debut. Joshua Tomaic and Bruno Fernando finished with eight and seven points apiece.

The Terps will be back in action for Game 2 on Wednesday against the Pisa All-Stars in Florence.

In other news

Maryland men’s soccer will play six games on national television this season, including on Friday, Aug. 31, when the Terps’ game against Stanford becomes the first Big Ten olympic sport to be broadcast on FS1.

Elsewhere in ball-kicking, Joseph Petrino should lead Maryland football’s kickers through the next four years.

Speaking of Terps kickers, Nick Novak is among the first 100 players signed to the Alliance of American Football.

Maryland volleyball will have two games on BTN this season, while 12 other home matches can be seen on BTN Plus.

Former Terp Brandon Lowe made his major league debut Sunday after being called up over the weekend.