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Three takeaways from No. 23 Maryland men’s basketball’s 95-79 win over Coppin State

COLLEGE PARK — No. 23 Maryland men’s basketball defeated Coppin State, 95-79, on Friday afternoon, improving to 6-0 for the fifth time in the past nine seasons.

From the Terps having three players score 20-plus points for the first time in 20 years to six technical fouls issued throughout the game, here are three takeaways from Maryland’s fourth win of the season at Xfinity Center.

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Reese, Young and Hart combine for 67 points

Maryland sophomore forward Julian Reese (24 points, 10 rebounds) and guards Hakim Hart (22 points, eight rebounds) and Jahmir Young (21 points, five rebounds and five assists) became the first Maryland trio to score 20-plus points in a game since Juan Dixon, Chris Wilcox and Lonny Baxter in 2002.

Dixon notched 23 points while Wilcox scored 21 and Baxter added 20 to defeat Virginia, 112-92, in Maryland’s final game inside Cole Field House. Nearly a month later, the Terps would go on to secure the program’s first national championship.

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Against Coppin State, Reese and Hart got going early. Reese totaled 22 points in the first half, becoming the first Terp to score 20-plus points in a half since Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 20 against Temple in 2019. Hart scored 14 points in the first.

Reese (St. Frances) is ranked first in the Big Ten Conference in field goal percentage at .804.

With Reese in foul trouble, Young took over in the second half. The transfer guard tallied 15 of his 21 points in the second half after being held to 2-for-8 shooting in the first. Young constantly got to the free-throw line, finishing 9-for-10 from the stripe.

The Maryland bench is restrained while guard Ian Martinez (23) watches forward Julian Reese get separated from Coppin State guard Isaiah Gross (25) during the second half of Friday's game.

Technical fouls galore

Maryland’s sixth game of the season was a chippy matchup that featured six technical fouls, including five in the second half.

In the first half, Hart picked up a technical when he stared at Coppin State’s bench while doing Carmelo Anthony’s iconic 3-point celebration after he knocked down an outside shot with 1:06 left.

Tension rose with 14:28 left in the second half. Reese and Coppin State’s Isaiah Gross got tangled up while going after a rebound, resulting in both players hitting the floor hard. Reese and Gross got into each other’s faces before being separated.

After a lengthy review, Reese and Gross received technical fouls. Maryland’s bench was also issued a technical foul, leading to the ejection of assistant coaches Tony Skinn and Grant Billmeier after they stepped on the court to prevent the situation from escalating.

“I would gladly lose two assistants anytime to make sure we don’t have a fight,” said first-year coach Kevin Willard, who added that he wasn’t aware of the rules. “I’m not going to tell my assistants not to go on the floor to stop a fight because they will get kicked out of the game. That’s the stupidest rule.”

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Coaching at Seton Hall for 12 seasons, Willard said intense games like Friday were a “common theme” in the Big East Conference. Willard said he admired the way Dixon coaches and how Coppin State’s players compete with an edge.

“Obviously [with Dixon] coming back into the building, they were fired up and I felt the [referees] did a pretty good job of keeping everybody kind of calm,” Willard said.

Maryland forward Julian Reese (10) watches guard Hakim Hart (13) hit a layup over Coppin State guard Nendah Tarke (4) during the second half of Friday's game.

Attacking the rim

Maryland dominated in the post throughout the afternoon, outscoring Coppin State 54-34 in the paint.

In the second half, Maryland scored 26 of its 48 points inside. During the final six minutes of regulation, the Terps scored 12 points in the paint, taking advantage of a fatigued Coppin State team.

Maryland also controlled the glass, outrebounding the Eagles 40-26, including 18 offensive boards that resulted in 26 second-chance points. Reese’s size was the difference, as the 6-9, 230-pound forward had seven offensive rebounds.

Big Ten/ACC Challenge

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No. 23 Maryland at Louisville

Tuesday, 7 p.m.

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 105.7 FM


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