Maryland’s three-game summer tour in the Bahamas this week was important for many players on Mark Turgeon’s young team, but particularly in the evolution of sophomore Seth Allen as a major college point guard.
While the competition isn’t what the Terps will face in the ACC -- or for some of Maryland’s nonconference opponents -- Allen’s 26-point, 10-assist performance in Wednesday’s 97-90 over a team called the Commonwealth Giants provided a glimpse of what he is capable of doing next season.
Allen was 9 of 10 from the field, and made all five of his 3-point shots, according to a Maryland athletic department spokesman. The Terps played without two potential starters, junior swingman Dez Wells and sophomore center Shaquille Cleare.
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Turgeon said that he kept Wells on the bench as a precautionary measure for a sore knee. Cleare, who is from the Bahamas, has been nursing a sore back for about a month.
Turgeon started freshman Roddy Peters, sophomore transfer Varun Ram (River Hill) and junior walk-on Jake Susskind in the backcourt, along with freshman Damonte Dodd and junior walk-on Spencer Barks up front.
"We played a great opponent last night and our guys who traditionally don't play many minutes played well and led us to a good win," Turgeon said in a news release. "I am proud of the poise we displayed late in the game as we made some plays down the stretch to allow us to beat a good team.”
Sophomore forward Jake Layman, who had a game-high 25 points in Maryland's opening win, finished with 14 points, and Dodd scored 12. Sophomore forward Charles Mitchell had 12 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. Junior transfer Evan Smotrycz added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Maryland will finish its tour Friday against the Grand Bahamas All-Stars.