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Maryland defeats Hofstra 80-69 behind Fernando's 17 points

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland forward Bruno Fernando didn't start Friday night.

He had no trouble finishing in the Terrapins' 80-69 comeback victory over Hofstra.

The sophomore had 17 points and seven rebounds and made all eight of his field goal attempts for the Terrapins (4-0). It was the 12th time in school history a player was perfect from the floor with at least eight attempts and the first since Sean Mosley was 8 of 8 against Longwood in 2010.

Coach Mark Turgeon said the decision not to start Fernando was ''about teaching life lessons.'' Maryland did not make Fernando available for interviews after the game. He scored 11 points while playing all 20 minutes after the break.

''The second half, he responded the right way,'' Turgeon said. ''We all did. The whole team did.''

Freshman Eric Ayala scored a career-high 14 points, while Aaron Wiggins added 13. Darryl Morsell had 12 points, and both Anthony Cowan Jr. and Jalen Smith had 11.

Justin Wright-Foreman, who entered the game tied for 10th in the country with 25.3 points per game, scored 27 points for the Pride (2-2). Hofstra built a 37-31 lead the break, the first time Maryland trailed at halftime this season.

Hofstra extended its edge to 43-35, but Maryland responded with a 16-3 run to claim the lead for good. The Terps never led by less than three points in the final 14 minutes.

Maryland had a 48-22 scoring edge in the paint, and it grabbed 16 offensive rebounds to Hofstra's 19 defensive rebounds.

''If you look on our board, one of the things was get tough rebounds, and they had 16 offensive rebounds,'' Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich said. ''It's a lot easier said than done to keep those guys off the glass. The big guy, he's a load. The other guys, they're not slouches, either.''

Ultimately, it was Fernando who made the biggest difference as he continued his torrid start. He is averaging 14.5 points while shooting 82.8 percent from the floor (24 of 29).

''His presence is always insane,'' Wiggins said. ''Just the energy and the size and just what he does for our team on the inside. He's able to get easy buckets and once he gets a few buckets, teams start doubling him. So once they start doubling, he's able to kick out and get open shots, and if we're hitting shots, that's a dangerous team.''

SUPER SIX

Turgeon is still trying to figure out his rotation, but tightened things considerably in the second half. Maryland leaned mainly on six players after the break, with freshman Ricky Lindo Jr. logging a minute as the seventh man.

''I just wanted to win,'' Turgeon said.

BIG PICTURE

Hofstra: The Pride is an efficient scoring team and showed in the first half why they are expected to contend in the Colonial Athletic Association this season. Maryland is Hofstra's lone power conference opponent, and the Pride is unlikely to see a frontcourt as athletic as Fernando and Smith the rest of the season.

Maryland: The Terps continue their build up toward a difficult stretch that starts Nov. 23 and includes games against Marshall, Virginia, Penn State, Purdue and Loyola Chicago in a 16-day stretch. Maryland is off to a 4-0 start for the fifth consecutive season.

UP NEXT

Hofstra returns home to face Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday.

Maryland looks to improve to 9-0 all-time against Mount St. Mary's when the Mountaineers visit on Sunday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 1 Justin Wright-Foreman made 2nd of 2 free throws 23.0
+ 1 Justin Wright-Foreman made 1st of 2 free throws 23.0
  Personal foul on Anthony Cowan Jr. 23.0
  Defensive rebound by Justin Wright-Foreman 35.0
  Aaron Wiggins missed free throw 35.0
  Personal foul on Jalen Ray 35.0
  Offensive rebound by Aaron Wiggins 35.0
  Eric Ayala missed 3-pt. jump shot 37.0
  Lost ball turnover on Justin Wright-Foreman, stolen by Anthony Cowan Jr. 57.0
+ 2 Anthony Cowan Jr. made layup 1:13
  Bad pass turnover on Tareq Coburn, stolen by Anthony Cowan Jr. 1:17
Team Stats
Points 69 80
Field Goals 22-53 (41.5%) 33-64 (51.6%)
3-Pointers 9-27 (33.3%) 7-22 (31.8%)
Free Throws 16-20 (80.0%) 7-13 (53.8%)
Total Rebounds 24 42
Offensive 5 14
Defensive 18 23
Team 1 5
Assists 8 16
Steals 4 5
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 7 11
Fouls 16 16
Technicals 0 0
27 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
17 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Hofstra 2-2 373269
home team logo Maryland 4-0 314980
Team Stats
away team logo Hofstra 2-2 83.4 PPG 35 RPG 14.1 APG
home team logo Maryland 4-0 71.4 PPG 42.4 RPG 13.1 APG
Key Players
3
J. Wright-Foreman G 27.1 PPG 4.0 RPG 2.9 APG 51.1 FG%
23
B. Fernando F 13.6 PPG 10.6 RPG 2.0 APG 60.7 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Wright-Foreman G 27 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
B. Fernando F 17 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
41.5 FG% 51.6
33.3 3PT FG% 31.8
80.0 FT% 53.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Wright-Foreman 27 5 2 6/16 4/8 11/12 1 37 0 0 4 0 5
E. Pemberton 10 3 1 4/11 1/5 1/2 3 25 1 0 0 2 1
S. Trueheart 7 0 0 2/4 2/4 1/2 1 17 0 0 1 0 0
D. Buie 4 2 2 2/4 0/1 0/0 1 25 2 1 1 0 2
J. Taylor 2 5 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 20 1 1 0 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Wright-Foreman 27 5 2 6/16 4/8 11/12 1 37 0 0 4 0 5
E. Pemberton 10 3 1 4/11 1/5 1/2 3 25 1 0 0 2 1
S. Trueheart 7 0 0 2/4 2/4 1/2 1 17 0 0 1 0 0
D. Buie 4 2 2 2/4 0/1 0/0 1 25 2 1 1 0 2
J. Taylor 2 5 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 20 1 1 0 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Coburn 10 3 0 4/6 1/3 1/2 1 23 0 0 1 1 2
J. Ray 5 2 1 2/7 1/4 0/0 1 27 0 0 0 0 2
D. Dwyer 4 3 1 1/1 0/0 2/2 4 20 0 0 0 0 3
K. Wormley 0 0 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
C. Klementowicz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Kante - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Radovic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Schutte - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Hughes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 23 8 22/53 9/27 16/20 16 200 4 2 7 5 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Ayala 14 1 3 5/8 3/5 1/1 3 32 0 0 2 0 1
D. Morsell 12 6 3 5/9 0/2 2/3 2 35 0 1 2 3 3
A. Cowan Jr. 11 6 4 5/13 1/6 0/0 3 38 4 0 3 2 4
J. Smith 11 7 4 5/12 0/1 1/2 0 24 1 0 1 3 4
I. Bender 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 1 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Ayala 14 1 3 5/8 3/5 1/1 3 32 0 0 2 0 1
D. Morsell 12 6 3 5/9 0/2 2/3 2 35 0 1 2 3 3
A. Cowan Jr. 11 6 4 5/13 1/6 0/0 3 38 4 0 3 2 4
J. Smith 11 7 4 5/12 0/1 1/2 0 24 1 0 1 3 4
I. Bender 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 1 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Fernando 17 7 2 8/8 0/0 1/4 3 27 0 1 2 1 6
A. Wiggins 13 5 0 4/10 3/6 2/3 2 23 0 0 0 2 3
R. Mona 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
S. Smith Jr. 0 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 1 0
R. Lindo 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 2 0 0 1
A. Terrell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Tomaic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Valmon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ramsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 37 16 33/64 7/22 7/13 16 199 5 4 11 14 23