Italy has treated Maryland men's basketball well. The Terps are 2-0 on their overseas trip after toppling the Pisa All-Stars 88-64 on Wednesday.
The talented frontcourt duo of freshman Jalen “Sticks” Smith and sophomore Bruno Fernando led the way for the Terps, dropping 18 and 17 points, respectively. Freshman wing Aaron Wiggins also added his second double-digit outing of the tour, finishing with 10 points of his own.
Wiggins and fellow freshman Trace Ramsey showcased their hops with a reverse jam and 360 self-oop in the warm up lines, highlighted by the team’s Instagram story, which we once again compiled into a tweet.
Maryland sliced through the Pisa defense en route to a 88-64 win. The Terps are 2-0 in Italy— Testudo Times (@testudotimes) August 8, 2018
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The first quarter was marked by a couple strong drives to the cup by Darryl Morsell and a jam by Fernando, but Maryland fell behind early. Some sharpshooting by Pisa left Maryland behind 18-14 at the end of the first, but it was the Terps that ran away with the game.
The Terps took the lead in the second with the help of Morsell and sophomore walk-on Reese Mona. A couple knockdown jumpers from Anthony Cowan and some rim punishment from Smith during a 24-point quarter put Maryland ahead 38-31 at the break, and it wouldn’t get any closer.
Maryland poured it on in the second half, as the lead ballooned to 61-46 by the end of the third. The Terps would outscore Pisa 50-33 in the half, as a slam from Sticks solidified the 24-point victory.
The Terps will look to finish their training tour 3-0, when they take on the Netherlands National “B” Team on Saturday.