Evan Smotrycz spent Thanksgiving Day with Maryland teammate Nick Faust and his family in Harford County. What stood out for Smotrycz was not the traditional food Lisa Faust served, but the "special" chocolate cake she sent back with him him to College Park.
"It was like triple chocolate — it had chocolate frosting, chocolate chips and chocolate ice cream,” Smotrycz said Friday after the Terps dispatched Morgan State, 89-62, at Comcast Center. "I'm going to have some tonight."
Smotrycz knows all about triple threats: In his team's fourth straight victory, the 6-foot-9 junior transfer finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Smotrycz is currently leading the Terps in rebounding (7.6 per game), is second in scoring (13.7 points per game) and is fourth in assists (two per game).
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Smotrycz is playing the kind of basketball Maryland coach Mark Turgeon expected when the former Michigan player transferred after his sophomore year in Ann Arbor. While he is still showing the kind of 3-point shot he did in the Big Ten — he is currently 15-for-33, including nine for his last 15 — Smotrycz has also picked up his rebounding.
His second straight double double produced a career high in rebounding, one more than he had in Maryland’s victory over Providence in the championship game at the Paradise Jam, which concluded with Smotryzc being selected to the all-tournament team. Smotrycz had two double doubles in 69 games at Michigan.
"It’s kind of a focus of mine. Coach is always on me about rebounding,” said Smotrycz, who averaged a little under four rebounds a game at Michigan. "A lot of times my guy is going to the glass, so I’ve got to hit [the boards]. Sometimes the ball bounces my way, sometimes it doesn't. Today, it did."