Alex Len

Jalen Smith stays calm in impressive debut and other takeaways from Maryland's basketball opener

Jalen Smith stays calm in impressive debut and other takeaways from Maryland's basketball opener

Maryland freshman Jalen Smith acknowledged that the first few minutes of his college debut in Tuesday night’s season-opener against Delaware were “very nerve-racking, a lot of butterflies.”

Smith credited the seniors on the team — forward Ivan Bender and walk-on guard Andrew Terrell — for helping him remain calm “and keeping me focused.”

It was apparent at the end of an unexpectedly and unnecessarily close 73-67 win over the Blue Hens that Smith had steadied his nerves by game’s end.

After the Terps saw what had been a 17-point lead...

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