The game marked the debut of four Maryland freshmen and two transfers — the first true recruiting class for Turgeon, who is in his second Maryland season.
Among the new Terps was transfer Dez Wells, who started and scored eight points on 2-for-12 shooting. The player struggled during the game with leg cramps.
Wells learned this week that he would receive a waiver to the transfer rule and be permitted to play this season. He was expelled from Xavier after a sexual assault allegation that a prosecutor said was unproven.
Wells said it was an emotional experience to be playing again. He embraced Turgeon when he was introduced at the start of the game.
Turgeon “was just telling me to calm down, collect your emotions and just play basketball. When he told me I was eligible [earlier in the week], it was probably the most emotion Coach Turgeon will ever see out of me besides playing basketball,” Wells said.
Turgeon was invited to sign Maryland up for the game last year by Calipari, who was a Kansas assistant when Turgeon was a Jayhawks point guard. Turgeon said the game would garner good publicity for Maryland.
Friday's contests were the first college basketball games at the Barclays Center, which opened in September. The Terps wore uniforms to mark the return of sports to Brooklyn, the new home of the NBA's Nets. The uniforms are flannel gray — in honor of the old Brooklyn Dodgers — with “Maryland” in red script.
Maryland had a large and loud group of red-clad fans at the game. Among those leading the cheering was former Terps forward Albert King, who pumped his fist at the Maryland crowd.