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33 years later, Maryland tops Navy again — with David Robinson looking on

Maryland’s Darryl Morsell is going to the basket in opposition to Army guard Cam Davis all the way through Friday night time’s Veterans Vintage on the U.S. Naval Academy. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Put up)

The final time the Maryland and Army males’s basketball groups met prior to Friday night time was once in 1985, a second-round conflict within the NCAA event with a trio of basketball titans — Len Bias and Lefty Driesell for the Terps, David Robinson for the Midshipmen — stalking the court docket.

Robinson sat courtside Friday night time in crowded Alumni Corridor in Annapolis greater than 3 a long time and two NBA championships later. The stakes had been decrease this time round, in the once a year Veterans Vintage, however the reunion of the 2 methods was once definitely worth the travel — although Robinson needed to undergo some other Maryland win. The Terps gained that matchup a long time in the past, and so they gained once more, 78-57, on Friday.

“Maryland’s were given this kind of nice program, nice historical past, and for us it was once in reality considered one of our coming-out video games long ago within the day,” Robinson mentioned. “It’s an ideal reminiscence for me, enjoying in opposition to Lenny Bias. And I beloved Lefty Driesell; I all the time idea he was once an underrated trainer. That they had an ideal crew again then.”

Maryland would possibly lack the megastar energy it had in 1985, however Anthony Cowan Jr. and the present squad were given the activity achieved simply positive in entrance of an introduced crowd of five,710 that crammed the decrease bowl and far of the second one tier in Alumni Corridor.

Cowan had a game-high 24 issues. Darryl Morsell had 15, Aaron Wiggins had 12, and Jalen Smith added 11. Bruno Fernando led the crew with 10 rebounds.

However what Trainer Mark Turgeon was once maximum keen to talk about in a while wasn’t his crew’s win. Maryland, as is standard within the Veterans Vintage, spent Thursday on the Naval Academy traveling the backyard and getting to grasp the Mids.

“I in reality simply need to communicate concerning the enjoy we’ve had over the past 48 hours. It’s been an incredible travel for us,” Turgeon mentioned. “. . . I believed my guys labored onerous, till I began placing across the scholars right here and what they do to need to serve and be selfless. I believe it was once an actual humbling enjoy for all folks. I believe we realized so much concerning the Naval Academy and what they stand for and the way fortunate we’re. . . . The sport was once roughly an afterthought, to be fair with you.”

Added Morsell, “What I took away was once those persons are individuals who possibility their lives for us to play and move to college, and I admire it.”

If Maryland favored the danger to play within the Vintage, a break up crowd in Alumni Corridor beloved getting the danger to look at the 2 native groups sq. off. The ambience was once boisterous and grew louder with a second-half surge from the Mids.

Trailing 33-25 on the 1/2, Army scored the primary seven issues after intermission, together with a three-pointer from John Carter Jr., to trim its margin to 1. Some other 3, this one from George Kiernan, tied the sport at 35 with 17:21 to play.

The Terps didn’t become independent from till Cowan took keep watch over six mins later. The junior guard from Bowie hit a layup, then had a scouse borrow prior to discovering Morsell for some other basket, developing some respiring room for Maryland for the primary time all 1/2.

Cowan widened the space mins later when he drew a bad on a power to the basket. Loose throws had been key for Maryland — the Terps outscored Army 23-12 from the foul line, together with 13-Five in the second one 1/2. Seventeen turnovers additionally harm the Mids.

“We performed nice the final 14 mins or so,” Turgeon mentioned. “We unfold the zone, shot a large number of unfastened throws. The protection had a few droughts. . . . I used to be simply looking for the right mix. It wasn’t running within the excessive publish, so we unfold the zone. They gave me self assurance with their nice protection. I’m a lot more ok with my crew than I used to be when the night time began.”

Wichita State (1-1) defeated Windfall (1-1), 83-80, within the opening recreation Friday because of senior ahead Markis McDuffie’s career-high 32 issues. McDuffie hit six three-pointers — one higher than the Friars’ Alpha Diallo, who led Trainer Ed Cooley’s crew with 27 issues.

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