Maryland men’s basketball’s last two first-round picks were back in the area Monday night, as Kevin Huerter and Alex Len helped the Hawks to a 137-129 win over the hometown Wizards.
The two had a Terps contingent there to watch, as the team made the metro ride to Capital One Arena to watch them. Huerter helped pace the Hawks in the high-scoring affair, finishing second on the team with 19 points in a team-high 32 minutes. Len was plus-nine in 14 minutes, but finished with just two points and three boards.
Huerter was hot from beyond the arc, going 5-of-7 from three, 6-of-10 from the field and hitting both of his free-throw attempts. He added five rebounds, four assists and a steal, while only committing one turnover. Nine different players would end up in double figures for Atlanta.
Huerter and Len represent Mark Turgeon’s highest draft picks in his time at Maryland, with Len going No. 5 overall in 2013 and Huerter going No. 19 in last year’s draft. While Turgeon wasn’t at the game, this year’s Terps were in the crowd, with senior Andrew Terrell cheering at the top of his lungs every time Huerter touched the ball, according to a source.
After the game, Huerter took to Twitter to thank the Maryland contingent for coming out.
Ended the road trip with a big W in DC. Nice to see all my @TerrapinHoops guys, and the rest of the Maryland fans that came out. Always a lot of love for this area!— Kevin Huerter (@KevinHuerter) February 5, 2019
In other news
Men’s basketball stayed in the top 25, falling to No. 24 after dropping three of its last four. It will have a chance to pick up a quadrant 1 road win Wednesday against Nebraska.
In their loss to Wisconsin Friday, the Terps struggled to close out the first half, giving Wisconsin confidence. The young Terps are also struggling to keep their turnovers down, those are game-killers as it won’t get any easier during the rest of conference play.
Women’s basketball took care of business on the road, running away from Illinois for an 80-66 win. The win gave the No. 10 Terps a share of the conference lead, tying Rutgers at 9-2 in Big Ten play.
The win came the same day Kaila Charles was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week honor roll for the third time this season.
• 8-10 from the floor ✔️— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) February 4, 2019
• 22 points, 16 in the second half ✔️
• 6 rebounds ✔️
• 4 assists ✔️
• W No. 1️⃣9️⃣ ✔️
Kaila Charles is on the #B1G Player of the Week Honor Roll for the third time this year.@__KC5 | #FearTheTurtle pic.twitter.com/kZwwqHTlcv
Football picked up another commitment ahead of National Signing Day, as three-star offensive tackle Marcus Finger flipped his commitment from UCF.
Coming off two straight trips to the Final Four, women’s lacrosse will look to make another deep run this spring. After losing the program leader in goals to graduation, the Terps will bring in seven of Inside Lacrosse’s top 100 recruits to try to counter the loss.
Softball will be dealing with much more attrition and a fresh-looking roster after having to replace nine players. The Terps made their first Big Ten tournament since 2015, but will only return three starters.
Men’s soccer’s Donovan Pines left school early and signed with DC United, but continues to be an avid reader while getting ready for his rookie season, from The Washington Post.
Former Terp Melo Trimble is killing it in Australia, even though his team sits in last place in the NBL. He’s having an MVP-caliber season, averaging 23 points and 4.3 assists per game for Cairns Taipans, from InsideMDSports.