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Led by Fernando, balanced Maryland beats NC A&T 82-59

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) One solid half of basketball was quite good enough for Bruno Fernando and Maryland in a blowout victory over North Carolina A&T.

Fernando had 17 points and 12 rebounds, most of them before halftime, and the Terrapins cruised past the Aggies 82-59 Monday night.

With Fernando dominating both ends of the court, Maryland (3-0) led 49-25 at the break. The 6-foot-10 sophomore had 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 15 minutes.

''Bruno, that was probably his best half since he's been here,'' Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon said. ''Against the zone, he didn't let it bother him. And he was tremendous on defense.''

Fernando picked up two fouls in the opening minute of the second half and remained on the bench with three fouls for nearly 10 minutes before returning to finish his fourth career double-double.

''It was disappointing for Bruno because he was really on his way to just a monster game,'' Turgeon said. `It could have been 15, 16 rebounds and 20-some points - against a zone.''

Fernando took consolation in having a heck of a half.

''The guys were doing a great job of finding me open. I was doing a great job rebounding, trying to get second-chance points,'' he said. ''With those two fouls, I just went to the bench and tried to stay dialed in the game.''

The Aggies had no defense - literally - for Fernando and 6-foot-10 Jalen Smith in the middle.

''The game of basketball is all about matchups, and this was a bad matchup for us,'' coach Jay Joyner said.

Aaron Wiggins scored 14 points, Anthony Cowan and Darryl Morsell each had 13 and Smith added 12 points for the Terrapins.

Turgeon went deep in his bench, but still wasn't pleased watching Maryland outscored 34-33 over the final 20 minutes.

''We did a lot of great things in that first half,'' Turgeon said. ''Second half, we weren't mentally tough enough to sustain it.''

Twelve different players scored for the Aggies (0-3), led by Kameron Langley with nine. NC A&T shot 39 percent and was outrebounded 45-30.

Joyner was most displeased with a first half in which the Aggies had four assists and eight turnovers.

''They weren't sharing the basketball. I call it hero basketball,'' Joyner said. ''And hero basketball is going to get you beat 95 percent of the time, especially when you're playing a Power 5 school.''

The Terrapins led 13-10 before a three-point play by Fernando sparked a 16-3 run. The surge was capped by Smith, who dunked at the end of a fast break at the outset of a three-point play.

Maryland's 11 offensive rebounds before halftime matched the number of defensive rebounds by the Aggies.

The Terps led 59-33 with 16:21 left, let the margin dwindle to 18 with just over eight minutes to go and coasted to the finish.

LONG SHOT

The Aggies' tight zone dared Maryland to shoot from the outside, and the Terps took the offer.

Maryland went 10 for 30 from beyond the arc after going 7 for 42 in its first two games.

''This is the best we've played in our first three games, so we're heading the right way,'' Turgeon said.

BIG PICTURE

NC A&T: The Aggies understand that early-season games like this one are very difficult to win, but the lessons learned from playing a Big Ten team on the road could pay off when it's time to start play in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Maryland: With six freshmen and three sophomores, the Terrapins need games like this to learn how to work in unison and play to each other's strengths. That's what happened here, as Maryland notched 24 assists (on 31 baskets) and got ample contributions from role players who may be needed when the competition gets tougher.

UP NEXT

NC A&T: The Aggies stay on the road against Hofstra on Wednesday night.

Maryland: The Terps host Hofstra on Friday night. Maryland leads the series, 4-0.

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Key Players
K. Langley
A. Cowan Jr.
35.0 Min. Per Game 35.0
19.5 Pts. Per Game 19.5
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
50.0 Field Goal % 40.0
Three Point % 26.1
40.0 Free Throw % 77.8
  Defensive rebound by Joshua Tomaic 7.0
  Amari Hamilton missed 3-pt. jump shot 9.0
+ 2 Joshua Tomaic made jump shot, assist by Travis Valmon 27.0
  Offensive rebound by Joshua Tomaic 43.0
  Travis Valmon missed 3-pt. jump shot 45.0
  Defensive rebound by Joshua Tomaic 53.0
  Ibrahim Sylla missed layup 55.0
  Lost ball turnover on Ivan Bender, stolen by Travon Mayo 1:21
  Out of bounds turnover on Ronald Jackson 1:42
  Defensive rebound by Amari Hamilton 1:55
  Serrel Smith Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:57
Team Stats
Points 59 82
Field Goals 24-61 (39.3%) 31-66 (47.0%)
3-Pointers 4-22 (18.2%) 10-30 (33.3%)
Free Throws 7-9 (77.8%) 10-16 (62.5%)
Total Rebounds 30 45
Offensive 7 13
Defensive 22 29
Team 1 3
Assists 13 24
Steals 7 8
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 12 12
Fouls 20 13
Technicals 0 0
9 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
17 PTS, 12 REB
12T
away team logo NC A&T 0-3 253459
home team logo Maryland 3-0 493382
Team Stats
away team logo NC A&T 0-3 70.0 PPG 36.5 RPG 14.1 APG
home team logo Maryland 3-0 71.4 PPG 42.4 RPG 13.1 APG
Key Players
13
K. Langley G 7.1 PPG 3.5 RPG 6.5 APG 45.6 FG%
23
B. Fernando F 13.6 PPG 10.6 RPG 2.0 APG 60.7 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Langley G 9 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
B. Fernando F 17 PTS 12 REB 0 AST
39.3 FG% 47.0
18.2 3PT FG% 33.3
77.8 FT% 62.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Langley 9 5 3 4/6 0/0 1/1 3 24 0 0 5 0 5
T. Harris 8 4 1 3/6 2/5 0/0 2 23 0 0 0 1 3
T. Lyons 8 2 0 2/6 0/2 4/5 1 19 1 0 2 0 2
Q. Copeland 7 0 1 3/6 1/3 0/0 0 11 1 0 0 0 0
I. Sylla 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 4 13 1 0 1 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Langley 9 5 3 4/6 0/0 1/1 3 24 0 0 5 0 5
T. Harris 8 4 1 3/6 2/5 0/0 2 23 0 0 0 1 3
T. Lyons 8 2 0 2/6 0/2 4/5 1 19 1 0 2 0 2
Q. Copeland 7 0 1 3/6 1/3 0/0 0 11 1 0 0 0 0
I. Sylla 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 4 13 1 0 1 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Johnson 6 2 2 3/6 0/3 0/0 1 13 0 1 0 1 1
A. Hamilton 5 2 1 2/10 0/5 1/2 1 21 1 1 1 0 2
M. Gantz 5 1 1 2/2 1/1 0/0 3 11 1 0 1 0 1
A. Jackson 3 1 1 1/4 0/1 1/1 1 10 0 0 0 0 1
N. Nweke 2 7 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 19 0 1 1 2 5
R. Jackson 2 2 1 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 11 0 1 1 2 0
T. Mayo 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 2 0 0 0 0
A. Edmead 0 0 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0
E. Ferguson 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 12 0 0 0 0 2
E. Joyner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Filmore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 59 29 13 24/61 4/22 7/9 20 199 7 4 12 7 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Fernando 17 12 0 7/10 0/0 3/7 3 21 1 2 2 4 8
A. Cowan Jr. 13 3 4 4/11 4/9 1/2 1 30 0 0 2 1 2
D. Morsell 13 2 4 6/9 1/2 0/0 0 25 1 0 3 1 1
J. Smith 12 5 1 4/8 0/1 4/5 0 24 0 1 0 1 4
E. Ayala 0 0 5 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 21 0 0 1 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Fernando 17 12 0 7/10 0/0 3/7 3 21 1 2 2 4 8
A. Cowan Jr. 13 3 4 4/11 4/9 1/2 1 30 0 0 2 1 2
D. Morsell 13 2 4 6/9 1/2 0/0 0 25 1 0 3 1 1
J. Smith 12 5 1 4/8 0/1 4/5 0 24 0 1 0 1 4
E. Ayala 0 0 5 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 21 0 0 1 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Wiggins 14 4 4 4/11 4/8 2/2 2 27 2 0 1 1 3
S. Smith Jr. 7 3 0 3/9 1/7 0/0 2 16 1 0 1 1 2
R. Lindo 4 7 4 2/4 0/1 0/0 1 17 3 0 0 2 5
J. Tomaic 2 5 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 2 3
I. Bender 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 2 0 1
A. Terrell 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Valmon 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. Mona 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
T. Ramsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 82 42 24 31/66 10/30 10/16 13 200 8 3 12 13 29