"I just embrace whatever Coach throws at me, it doesn't matter as long as I feel I do it to the best of my ability," Faust said. "I had an off-day offensively, but Alex and Dez were having great nights and I was just trying to get guys the ball, rebound. I felt like I played a well-rounded game"

Asked about the 60-foot pass he made to Wells, Faust said: "I just wanted to float it over the defender. Dez just hunted it down and finished."


If there was a bit of concern after Friday's win, it centered around the play of three of the freshmen. While Allen hit 3 of 4 on 3s and scored nine points in 20 minutes -- he also only had one turnover after having seven in 15 minutes in Maryland's last game -- Mitchell, Cleare and Jake Layman continued to struggle. Mitchell got off to a good start, with four points and four rebounds in eight first-half minutes. But Cleare failed to score and grabbed only two rebounds in 14 minutes and Layman didn't even get off the bench in the second half after not scoring -- he did get two rebounds and an assist -- in four first-half minutes.

I know the coaches are attributing some of it with going through final exams for the first time, but the Terps are going to need contributions on a more regular basis from all of them as the ACC season gets underway. "Charles started well, he didn't get a chance in the second half, so that's not his fault," Turgeon said. "Our 4 man tonight who was [James] Padgett and Charles, they weren't very good to be honest."


Turgeon was upset with one call in particular down the stretch and yelled at referee Jeff Nichols during a timeout.

Nichols is the son of Hall of Fame referee Hank Nichols.


The Terps have off until playing Delaware State on Dec. 29. Turgeon is looking forward to the break and amazed that his team goes in with a 10-1 record and a 10-game winning streak despite a somewhat soft schedule that included just one road game.

"Sitting around last summer if you told me that we would be 10-1 at Christmas break I wouldn't believe you," Turgeon said. "We are 10-1, we are getting better, we are learning while we continue to win. I think we need a break. I have been at them pretty hard. The break will be great for us."