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Mark Turgeon 'relieved' Georgetown game is in past, especially since Terps won

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon directs his players against Georgetown, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in College Park.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon directs his players against Georgetown, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in College Park. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

COLLEGE PARK — A sense of normalcy returned to the Maryland men's basketball team after its win over Georgetown on Tuesday night, not to mention a sense of relief.

"I think it's a relief that the Georgetown game's over," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said Thursday before his team practiced Friday for Rider. "Since it hadn't been played in 30 years [actually 22], there was a lot on our plate.

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"Personally I thought all the pressure was on us being the higher-rated team, being in our building. They were coming off a loss and we played like it most of the game. I feel like the weight of the world is off my shoulders now that the game is over and we won."

Turgeon added that "we all kind of put life on hold for Georgetown, trying to win that game."

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The two teams will meet again next year at the Verizon Center as part of the home-and-home setup of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

Considering that the Terps fought back from an early 9-0 deficit to start the game and a 61-54 deficit with 5:48 left, Turgeon thought it helped his team learn more about itself than it did through preseason practice and the 80-56 season-opening win over Mount St. Mary's.

"Sometimes you can practice all you want, you need games to really get better," Turgeon said. "We weren't physically tough in that game, but we were mentally tough. We had to overcome a lot of things that we weren't anticipating. … I think we stayed mentally into it the whole game, so we learned a lot about ourselves there. That's the most impressive to me about that game. "

One thing the Terps learned is that they don't need Dez Wells to win close games. As a senior, Wells often lifted the team on his shoulders down the stretch and won a few games singlehandedly, particularly on the road in the Big Ten, as well as hitting a game-winning tip-in at home against Northwestern.

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"I think we went through three players last year – we went through Melo [Trimble], Dez and Jake [Layman]. I think we'll go through three or four this year. We just don't know who they are," Turgeon said. "They might be different on game night on who's playing well. The other night, we went through Rob [Carter Jr.] in the post late in the game and he made good decisions. We went through Melo, but then again Jake hit a big shot and Rasheed [Sulaimon] hit a big shot. We have a lot of options."

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