NCAAB Game Recap - Bryant at Maryland
Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:00 PM EST

WVU
67
OhSt
59
F
Kansas
72
Stan
56
F
AlSt
59
Oreg
98
F
Lipsco
59
Aub
86
F
UMassL
60
Mich
86
F
Bry
70
MD
84
F
W MI
62
MSU
95
F
Navy
56
UVA
65
F
Corn
59
PSU
90
F
CSBak
58
TxTch
73
F
KennSt
51
Iowa
93
F
Norf
65
Stony
81
F
AlaAM
56
ND
82
F
NJIT
47
UConn
69
F
(N/A)
55
CenCT
89
F
Lib
57
LSU
74
F
CmbTN
42
Chat
72
F
Iona
54
Colora
99
F
(N/A)
48
ETSU
117
F
KTChr
56
Presb
81
F
TXAMC
52
Nebras
73
F
NCAT
64
Ill
95
F
(N/A)
45
Bingha
98
F
VMI
82
USC-Up
91
F
Lafy
67
SacHr
66
F
HolyC
62
Sien
74
F
Campbl
63
Ohio
55
F
SeLA
31
OkSt
82
F
(N/A)
72
TN-M
92
F
(N/A)
48
SIU-E
96
F
AbCh
66
WichSt
84
F
SamH
75
Rice
61
F
Duques
61
Marsh
83
F
(N/A)
45
Radf
90
F
UCDav
69
NM
74
F
Hartfo
67
NW
66
F
TNTec
63
Miss
80
F
Leh
62
Princ
71
F
App
60
NCSU
72
F
URI
89
MidTN
62
F
Alc
57
SCla
92
F
(N/A)
67
USD
93
F
ChBap
61
NWSt
101
F
LoyMD
51
VACom
85
F
FlAtl
58
SoFL
60
F
(N/A)
59
SEMO
74
F
NDSt
66
Denv
55
F
SDSt
78
NebOm
81
F
SDak
75
W IL
82
F
N DA
66
OrSt
83
F
Harv
71
Cal
63
F
NNMU
30
NMSt
104
F
UCSB
85
ULLa
77
F
Tuls
67
KansSt
69
F
Boston
69
(N/A)
67
F
MD-ES
37
VaTec
92
F
Ark
71
Ind
64
F
Rich
78
Alab
90
F
BethC
67
StLou
77
F
ArkPB
50
WaSt
65
F
Maine
51
HI
91
F
FlGlf
58
USC
71
F

Maryland 84, Bryant 70

Dec 29, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Bryant (8-5)

31

39

70

(13) Maryland (11-2)

36

48

84

7-foot-2 Marial debuts as No. 13 Maryland beats Bryant
Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:47 PM

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Chol Marial hardly played during his final two years of high school and missed Maryland's first 12 games in his freshman season following surgery on both legs.

The 7-foot-2 center from South Sudan has finally arrived.

Marial was welcomed with an ovation in his college debut and dunked less than a minute after entering as the 13th-ranked Terrapins beat Bryant 84-70 Sunday.

"I think I was too hyped," Marial said. "That crowd at my back and to play on the big stage like that is really hyped. But I was not nervous."

Marial had six points and five rebounds in 14 minutes in his delayed debut for the Terrapins (11-2), while Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 19 points as Maryland ended a two-game slide in the nonconference finale for both teams.

Aaron Wiggins added 15 points and Jalen Smith had 11 points and 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season.

Adam Grant scored 25 points for the Bulldogs (8-5), who had won four in a row and have never beaten a ranked team. The Terps outrebounded Bryant 48-16 and snared 19 offensive boards to the Bulldogs' 12 defensive rebounds.

"They pounded us on the glass," Bryant coach Jared Grasso said. "It's all we talked about coming in, but you can't match in practice the size and athleticism they bring. The numbers on the backboard were huge."

Maryland led 36-31 at the break, but Bryant was still within six points with less than 12 minutes to play. The Terps rattled off eight consecutive points, and the Bulldogs never got within 10 the rest of the way.

Marial's first game was the day's most riveting development, and an especially welcome one for Maryland after freshman twins Makhi and Makhel Mitchell opted to transfer Friday.

"I thought he'd be a little bit more nervous, a little bit more out of it," coach Mark Turgeon said. "For him to do what he did tonight was pretty impressive."

Marial had surgery to correct stress fractures in both legs in September. He entered with 13:07 left in the first half, and by the time he exited a little more than four minutes later, he had four points (on two dunks) and three rebounds.

The Terps used him alongside the 6-10 Smith for stretches in both halves, a preview of a potential lineup they could lean on more in Big Ten play. Marial's ease at moving up and down the floor and ability to fit into Maryland's defense suggested little anxiety.

Quite the contrary, actually.

"When you're 7-2 and you can just drive it in, there's not much nerves are going to do at that point," Cowan said.

Marial savored his first taste of the college game, perhaps appreciating it even more because of the injuries that bedeviled him over the last several years.

"It was hard, but I didn't take it in a bad way," Marial said. "It was just a learning process. I knew I had a lot of good people around me, so I didn't have to worry about anything."

BIG PICTURE

Bryant: The Bulldogs have made a habit of pestering Big Ten teams under Grasso, and Sunday was no different. Bryant lost by five at Iowa exactly a year earlier, and dropped a two-point decision at Rutgers on Nov. 7. The Bulldogs fell to 0-13 all-time against the Big Ten.

Maryland: The Terps' trademark slow start was somewhat understandable since they had played just twice in the previous three weeks. Still, Maryland will need to be sharper from the beginning of games as it dives into the bulk of its Big Ten schedule in the coming weeks.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

With such a light week across the country, Maryland is unlikely to move much in either direction after snapping its two-game skid.

UP NEXT

Bryant: The Bulldogs play five of their first six Northeast Conference games at home, starting with Thursday's visit from Saint Francis (Pa.).

Maryland: The Terrapins resume league play Saturday when they face 11-1 Indiana. The home team has won all six regular season meetings since Maryland joined the Big Ten.

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Leaders

Bryant PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Kiggins 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Stokes 0 0 0 1 1 0
Maryland PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. Lindo Jr. 0 0 0 0 1 0
H. Hart 0 0 1 1 0 0

Team Comparison

Bry MD
Points For 70 84
Field Goals 26/60-43% 26/55-47%
Three Pointers 10/28-36% 7/14-50%
Free Throws 8/9-89% 25/32-78%
Offensive Rebounds 4 19
Defensive Rebounds 12 29
Rebounds 16 54
Blocks 5 4
Steals 8 3
Turnovers 9 16
Personal Fouls 24 9
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - MD Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Dec 29 Bry 70 @ MD 84 M. Simmons 3 T. Valmon 1

Game Information

Stadium: Xfinity Center, College Park, Maryland
Attendance: 14,777
Game Time: