Wells and Len Shine in Saturday's Scrimmage

The Maryland men's basketball team held and open scrimmage on Saturday to showcase their new team.

The Maryland men's basketball team held an open scrimmage in the Comcast Center Saturday afternoon in front of a group of fans eager to catch a glimpse of Maryland basketball before the regular season tips off.

The players were divided into two teams, one wearing read and one wearing white.

The white team:

0 Charles Mitchell (S)

5 Nick Faust (S)

10 Jake Layman (S)

12 Conner Lipinski

21 Pe'Shon Howard (S)

23 John Auslander

24 Jacob Suskind

25 Alex Len (S)

The red team:

1 Evan Smotrycz

2 Logan Aronholt (S)

4 Seth Allen (S)

11 Varun Ram

15 Spencer Barks

32 Dez Wells (S)

35 James Padgett (S)

44 Shaquille Cleare (S)

(S) denotes a starter in the scrimmage.

The white team jumped out to a quick lead, taking control of the game early on with a 15-2 run to open the scrimmage until a three-point shot by junior forward Evan Smotrycz with just under 10 minutes left ended the red team's scoring drought.

The red team battled back to trail by three, 26-23, with Smotrycz driving into the paint to convert a layup with about two and a half minutes left in the scrimmage. Freshman guard Seth Allen would tie the game up with a three-point jumper. The white team then went ahead for the lead, holding a 30-26 edge with 20 seconds to play, but a three-point shot by sophomore forward Dez Wells pulled the red team within one point with 11 seconds to play. Junior forward John Auslander made his first free throw but missed the second, giving Smotrycz one last chance to win the game with a three point shot at the buzzer that bounced off the back of the rim, sealing the white team's victory.

Athletic freshman forward Jake Layman took a hit inside the paint early in the game and held onto his ankle for a few seconds before getting up and walking to the bench by himself. He sat out the rest of the game with an ice pack wrapped around his ankle. Turgeon announced that Layman suffered an ankle sprain and that the team does not know the severity of the sprain yet. He hopes that Layman will be able to practice on Tuesday. Layman finished the game with five points, one assist, one offensive rebound, one defensive rebound and one block.

Wells really shone in the scrimmage, finishing with 12 points, one three-pointer, one offensive board and three defensive rebounds.

“Dez had a good scrimmage,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. “He made shots today and he was great on the breaks, so it was kind of his day out there.”

Sophomore center Alex Len also had a solid showing, scoring seven points, recording one rebound and one assist.

“I think Alex Len would start,” Turgeon said about the starting lineup if the season started tomorrow. “After that, I don't know.”

The team also celebrated Seth Allen's 18th birthday with red and gold balloons on the sidelines with one being shaped in the number “4.”

“Seth's an explosive scorer,” Turgeon said. “Sometimes he still thinks he's with his high school team and there's a lot of good players around him. It'll take time. Yesterday he made every show in practice. He made a big three today. He can score. He's just got to make good decisions, which we'll teach him.”

The Terps will play their first actual game at home against Indiana University of Pennsylvania in an exhibition matchup on Friday, November 2.


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