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At point guard, Terps' Richaud Pack proves to be quick study in season opener

Check out the sights and sounds from the Maryland men's basketball season opener against Wagner at Xfinity Center.

COLLEGE PARK — On a night in which guard Dez Wells briefly went down with a sprained ankle and forward Jake Layman kept going up — and over — Wagner, guard Richaud Pack did what he usually does: a little bit of everything in 24 productive minutes during the Maryland men's basketball team's 82-48 season-opening victory at Xfinity Center.

Pack, the 6-foot-3 senior transfer from North Carolina A&T, hit both of his 3-pointers and made three of four shots overall to finish with eight points. He also had six rebounds.

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Though he started at shooting guard, Pack showed he's more than a solid backup to freshman Melo Trimble at the point, a position Pack had not played since his high school years outside Detroit.

"I haven't played point guard in about six years," Pack said.

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Since deciding to come to Maryland as a graduate transfer, Pack has spent most of his time working on his ball handling "and learning point guard things. ... You play different at point guard than you do at shooting guard."

Pack took a crash course in Point Guard 101 from Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, a former point guard at Kansas. As Trimble played perhaps a little too much one-on-one Friday, finishing the night without an assist, Pack helped the Terps get into their offense.

"I know there's going to be times this season when that may happen," said Pack, who averaged 17 points per game as a junior at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference school. "Melo may get in foul trouble. If something happens, I can bring the ball up and I can get us into our offense."

While he had only one assist, Pack kept the ball moving. On what might have been the best example of Maryland's newfound ball movement — a play that led to an easy dunk by Layman near the end of the first half — Pack passed up an open 3-pointer from the corner and fed guard Dion Wiley, who quickly moved the ball to Layman.

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"Richaud Pack had a terrific game," Turgeon said. "He's just solid. I thought he was terrific on both ends."

It will be interesting to see how Turgeon uses Pack as the season progresses. Pack said before preseason practice began that it didn't matter whether he starts or comes off the bench, "where I can be like an Energizer Bunny."

But the Energizer bunny probably doesn't hit the boards like Pack. Not many 6-3 guards do.

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