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How gun control has changed since Sandy Hook

(WTNH/Kathryn Hauser) – As we remember the victims of Sandy Hook 10 years later, the impact of that day has changed gun control all across the country. During that time, many thought the horror of that day would lead to sweeping gun reform.

Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy spoke on the Senate floor on Wednesday to honor the Sandy Hook victims as they do every year. They spoke about grief and grit, pain and progress, and the passing of key federal gun legislation 10 years in the making.

“Many of us in Connecticut and throughout the nation awoke today with a heavy heart with grief still so raw you can almost touch it,” Blumenthal said.

Grief, remembrance and a call to action 10 years after 20 students and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“My pain is for what we lost that day,” Murphy said. “My pain is for the delayed reaction of this country.”

Many expected the horror of that day would lead to sweeping federal gun reform. In 2013, grieving Newtown families witnessed an expanded background check law fail to get the 60 votes needed in the Senate.

“We return home for now disappointed, but not defeated,” Mark Barden, victim’s father, said in 2013. “We return home with a determination that change will happen. Maybe not today, but it will happen.”

It did. Nine years later, President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan bill called the “Safer Communities Act” this past summer.

“Almost ten years to the day of this tragedy of Sandy Hook, we passed the most significant anti-gun violence measure in Congress in 30 years,” Murphy said.

The law includes $750 million to help states implement “red flag” laws to remove firearms from people who appear to be a danger to themselves or others. It provides funding for mental health programs and enhances background checks for buyers under 21.

The law also closes the “boyfriend loophole,” so people who are convicted of domestic abuse can’t purchase a gun.

Some argue the law falls short, but Murphy says this is meaningful progress.

“What we communicated this summer to those kids and to the parents is that we care,” Murphy said. “Our answer isn’t nothing.”

Murphy added he and his colleagues were shown evidence that this law is saving lives. (Source)

No. 20 Maryland men’s basketball vs. No. 16 UCLA preview

No. 20 Maryland men’s basketball is in the midst of a two-game losing streak and finishes a tough four-game stretch at home against No. 16 UCLA on Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Following the game, Maryland will have eight days off before it finishes its nonconference slate with two games against Saint Peters and UMBC, respectively. Then, it will be exclusively Big Ten competition for the Terps.

For now, Maryland’s attention is on another title-contending opponent in UCLA. The Terps started the season 8-0 with a signature win against then-No. 16 Illinois. After earning a ranking as the No. 13 team in the country, Maryland went 0-2 last week with losses to Wisconsin and then-No. 7 Tennessee.

Similar to Illinois a couple weeks ago, Wednesday’s game in College Park is expected to be an electric atmosphere, which will certainly help the Terps against a high-caliber opponent.

UCLA (8-2, 2-0 Pac-12)

Head coach Mick Cronin is in his fourth year at the helm of UCLA and has brought the program back to national prominence. This year is no different with UCLA posting one of the better rosters in the country.

Cronin has achieved postseason success in his first three years, too. In 2021, he brought his team to the Final Four, and last year, UCLA advanced to the Sweet 16 before it was knocked out of the tournament.

This season, UCLA entered the season with high expectations and has lived up to them. It has just two losses on the season, falling to then-No. 18 Illinois and then-No. 11 Baylor. Since its loss to Baylor, UCLA has rattled off five consecutive wins.

UCLA and Maryland going head-to-head is not a historically frequent event, but it will be moving forward. UCLA is leaving the Pac-12 following the 2023-24 season and entering the Big Ten, meaning the two historically great basketball programs will play at least once a year. The Terps will play the Bruins in Los Angeles next season.

Players to know

Jaime Jaquez Jr., senior guard/forward, six-foot-seven, No. 24 — Jaquez has been the Bruins’ most consistent scorer all season, leading the team in points per game with 17.4. Jaquez Jr. is mostly a threat near the basket and can penetrate the defense with dribble drives. He is also good at getting to the free throw line. Jacquez Jr. is capable of making a three but is struggling from beyond the arc this season, shooting just 26% from deep.

Jaylen Clark, junior guard, six-foot-five, No. 0 — Clark is another scoring threat for UCLA and can get his baskets anywhere on the floor. He’s averaging 15.1 points per game on 62% shooting. While he’s not the 3-point threat some of his teammates are, like Tyger Campbell and David Singleton, he is shooting an impressive 45% from deep on just 22 attempts on the season.

Amari Bailey, freshman guard, six-foot-five, No. 5 — Bailey was a highly-touted prospect out of high school and decided to stay in his home state of California to play college basketball. He’s lived up to the billing in the early part of his freshman season, averaging just under 11 points per game. While there have been hiccups at times, he also has the second-most assists on the team.


Generating turnovers. UCLA is holding opponents to 63.3 points per game, but the most impressive part about its defense is its ability to generate turnovers. The Bruins force 17.6 turnovers per game and score 22 points per game off turnovers. That doesn’t bode well for a Maryland team that has struggled with turnovers at times this season.


Depth. Cronin plays eight guys consistently in his rotation but only receives significant contributions from six players. Maryland deals with similar issues. In a game as competitive as this one has the potential to be, rotations might be tightened anyway, but UCLA has had limited bench contributions this season, particularly from the backcourt.

Three things to watch

1. Can Julian Reese play physical and stay out of foul trouble? Reese’s dominant start to the season provided optimism to Terp fans. However, many of those games were against less physical opponents. As the schedule has become more challenging, Reese has not been nearly as dominant. He has still racked up points in Maryland’s last two games but rarely shows any ability of generating points on designed post touches. He also has committed four fouls in each of the last three games. Reese needs to be more disciplined on defense, especially given the lack of front court depth Maryland has.

2. Can Maryland get off to a better shooting start? Before Maryland’s loss to Tennessee on Sunday, Willard remarked about how his team has got off to slow shooting starts all season. Then, his group went out and made just three shots in the first 20 minutes for a season-low 17 points in the first half. Willard was matter-of-fact following the game, saying they need to practice shooting and that Maryland needs to win the 3-point battle to win games. Against UCLA, the Terps will be in trouble if they dig themselves a hole early with poor shooting.

3. What will the shot selection look like? Willard may be right that his team isn’t physical enough to win games inside and it will be essential to win the 3-point shooting war, but that doesn’t mean Maryland should rely on the three more than it needs to. Maryland’s at its best offensively when it is trying to get to the rim, putting pressure on the defense and kicking out for open threes. In the first half against Tennessee, 66% of Maryland’s shots were threes and it scored 17 points. In the second half, 29% of Maryland’s attempts were from three and it scored 36 points. Maryland certainly needs to shoot the ball better from deep, but it also should have a balanced offensive approach and not rely on threes more than it needs to.

The Terps look to get back on track at home.

Going into the season, if basically any Maryland basketball fan was told that the team would be 8-2 after the first 10 games of the season, they would have been ecstatic. However, after getting off to a blistering 8-0 start, the Terps have come back to earth a bit with two losses last week in two tough games at now-No. 22 Wisconsin and on a neutral court against now-No. 6 Tennessee, respectively. Terps fans will be hoping to see the team avoid a three-game skid.

That will be difficult though, as their opponent is a UCLA team that is ranked No. 16 in the country. The Bruins also have an 8-2 record, with their losses coming to Illinois and Baylor. Like Maryland, both of their defeats have come to teams in the current top 25. The Bruins’ biggest strength is at the guard position, where they not only have veterans Tyger Campbell and Jaime Jaquez Jr., but also star freshman Amari Bailey.

The numbers

Maryland: (8-2, 1-1 Big Ten)

UCLA: (8-2, 2-0 Pac-12)

All-time series: UCLA leads, 6-2

DraftKings Sportsbook line: Maryland -1

How to watch and listen

Wednesday, December 14, 9:00 PM EST, XFINITY Center, College Park, MD

TV: FOX Sports 1 — Jason Benetti (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst)

Radio: 105.7 FM (Baltimore) / 980 AM (D.C.) / XM: 375 — Johnny Holliday (play-by-play), Chris Knoche (analyst), Walt Williams (sideline)

Streaming: Sling TV


Baker Mayfield Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 14

Quarterback Baker Mayfield's game-winning performance in his Rams debut is also an award-winning one. Mayfield has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 14, it was announced Wednesday morning. Mayfield completed 22 of 35 pass attempts for 230 yards and the go-ahead touchdown pass with 10 seconds left in the Rams' 17-16 win over the Raiders on Thursday Night Football. The touchdown pass came at the end of a 98-yard drive that marked the longest go-ahead drive that began in the final two minutes over the last 45 seasons, according to Elias Sports Bureau. This is the third player of the week honor of Mayfield's career. He also won AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 7 in 2020 and Week 16 in 2018 while with the Browns.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) welcomes the passage of The Big Cat Public Safety Act (HR263/ S1210), to ban private possession, public contact and increase restrictions on the breeding, trade, and exploitation of big cats in the US. The bill passed the US Senate today, and now goes to the President, who previously released a statement in support of the bill.

The bill, sponsored by Representative Mike Quigley and Senator Richard Blumenthal, will not only protect big cats, but also first responders and local communities.

The Big Cat Public Safety Act will end the horrific exploitation of big cats and bolster public safety. These beautiful but powerful predators deserve to live in the wild, not be kept in captivity for people’s entertainment—even as cubs. I’m thrilled that, after a groundswell of public and bipartisan support, this bill I’ve long advocated for will become law,” said Senator Blumenthal.

ADI President Jan Creamer said: “We are thrilled that Congress has voted to ban the backyard breeding, private ownership and public contact of these magnificent animals. Our thanks to Representative Quigley and Senator Blumenthal for their leadership on this important legislation. It is time to put an end to the horrific scenes of babies ripped from their mothers at birth, and tiny cubs passed around as photo props. Truly a life of misery for big cats.”

Rep. Quigley said, “I have been working on this legislation for over 3 years and we are now one step closer to seeing it become law. Over the years, the world has seen the dangers of owning big cats, not just for the animals themselves but for the communities in which they are kept. When these big cats escape, first responders are put in immense danger. My legislation will bring an end to housing big cats in inhumane, unsafe conditions and will keep neighborhoods and law enforcement safe.”

The bill is narrowly drawn as it attempts to strike a line between backyard breeders, and those recognized and accredited as Species Protection Programs, ex situ conservation at accredited zoos, and those wildlife sanctuaries meeting standards similar to the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (i.e. no commercial trade, breeding, direct contact, or offsite exhibition). It also grandfathers in entities having cats born prior to the bill’s enactment, so long as they register the animal, do not allow direct public contact with the animal, and do not breed, acquire, or sell the animal after the bill is enacted. As a result, the Big Cat Public Safety Act received broad bipartisan support.

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Celebrity quotes in support of the Big Cat Public Safety Act:

Award-winning TV legend Bob Barker said, “The abuse big cats suffer is indefensible. They are starved, mistreated, kept isolated in tiny cages, their paws mutilated, their bodies drugged, their lives miserable, and their deaths violent and ugly. It must stop. Please join Animal Defenders International in supporting the Big Cat Public Safety Act today.”

Actress Alexandra Paul said, Breeding big cats in captivity is not conservation. Captive breeding will often result in compromised gene pools and unnatural hybrids. It would be disastrous to wild populations if the damaging genetic results of captive in-breeding found their way into the wild gene pool.”

Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren said, “No animal should be caged or have their babies taken from them at birth. We must teach compassion for all living creatures. No true sanctuary would ever keep animals in these shameful and cruel conditions, and no animals should be made to exist purely for human entertainment.”

Actress Jorja Fox said, “It is heartbreaking to know that these cubs used for photo props are pulled from their mothers, deprived of all that is natural to them, and endure a life of severe confinement, constant travel, overbreeding, and physical abuse.”

Actress Tonya Kay said, “Kids aren’t learning about big cats in roadside zoos. They’re learning about animal abuse. Roadside zoos are confining the largest of wild animals in tiny cages unable to exhibit any natural or healthy behaviors. The only place to learn respect and appreciation for these dangerous cats is viewing them in the wild. It’s time to end roadside zoos.”

Contact: ADI Media Desk,, (323) 804-9920

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Behind some of the biggest and most dangerous large scale animal rescues in the world, with daring undercover missions to expose the suffering of animals.

Active worldwide to end animal suffering, ADI’s undercover investigations inside laboratories, circuses, animal traffickers and Hollywood animal trainers, have led to prosecutions and new laws to protect animals.

Bans on all, or wild animals in circuses have been secured in almost 50 countries. In Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Guatemala, ADI has been called in to help government wildlife officials enforce the bans and empty the cages. The ADI team tracks down illegal circuses wherever they go, facing threats and abuse as they take the suffering animals to a new life. These rescues often include large-scale relocations of animals – flying over 50 monkeys to forest sanctuary habitats or 33 lions from Peru and Colombia to South Africa.

ADI cares for many of these circus survivors in their 455-acre sanctuary in South Africa, where lions and tigers roam huge natural enclosures – the lions, who once lived in cages the size of double beds, enjoy something of the life they were meant to live. ADI also cares for monkeys and bears in the natural homes in Latin America. All the animals have incredible stories of survival.

ADI was founded in 1990; is a US 501(c)(3) non-profit; a registered charity in the UK and South Africa; has offices in Colombia and Peru. Winner of a 2021 and 2022 Great Non Profit Certificate and a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator.

Win an Autographed Matthew Stafford Football

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Electric Truck Deployment Ready for Acceleration in 2023, Says IDTechEx

Though battery-electric models currently make up only a small fraction of total global truck sales (around 0.4% in 2021), it is already clear that the transition from diesel combustion engines to zero-emission technologies is well underway. Volvo Trucks suggest that they expect by 2030, more than 50% of the trucks they sell each year should be electric. Truck OEMs face rising pressure to reduce the environmental impact of their vehicles, with legislation enacted to reduce exhaust greenhouse gas emissions and improve urban air quality. But, alongside this challenge, OEMs are seeing growing demand from their customers who need zero-emission solutions to help deliver their corporate emission reduction targets. As a result, the number of available electric truck models is increasing, with OEMs ramping up production volumes of these models. In their report, “Electric and Fuel Cell Trucks 2023-2043”, IDTechEx forecasts that the truck market is at the beginning of a relatively rapid shift to electric powertrains.

US Truck Market Gets Choice of Class 8 Electric Trucks

In North America, electric heavy-duty truck options have been limited until this year. However, in 2022 several major OEMs (including Daimler, Volvo, and Tesla) began series production of Class 8 electric trucks. Perhaps the earliest anticipated announcement was from Tesla, who, at the start of October, confirmed that its’ Tesla Semi had finally gone into “early production” at Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory (the original production date was scheduled for December 2019). The first 15 electric Class 8 trucks will be delivered to Pepsi Co in December 2022. What makes this announcement significant is the superior performance promised by Tesla when compared to other available electric models; up to 500 miles of range (when loaded on a flat route), no sacrifice of payload capacity, Megachargers capable of returning 70% of range in 30 mins charging, and on-road energy consumption of less than 2 kWh/mile. The Tesla Semi could offer both the performance and total cost of ownership that make it competitive with current diesel trucks on some long-haul operations. The large order book for the vehicle demonstrates plenty of companies are keen to explore the technology and 2023 should see several of them get the opportunity to put Tesla’s claims to the test. Tesla have tentatively set themselves the goal of an annual production of 50,000 Semi’s per year in 2024.

Moving on From Electric Prototypes to Fleet Replacement

Sustainability is an increasingly important concern in the boardroom of major corporations, with many making public commitments to decarbonize their business operations in line with the UNFCC Paris Agreement and national net zero emission targets. Transitioning truck fleets from diesel engines to zero-emission powertrains is a highly visible way for companies to demonstrate their green credentials to their customers. While IDTechEx believes the initial deployment of electric trucks will be best suited to regional and urban routes, ongoing development work in battery technology, improved powertrain efficiency, and optimization of charging strategy will, over the next two decades, see future generations of electric truck able to meet the energy demand of all but the most arduous of long-haul duty cycles. 2023 promises to be an exciting year, with companies able to move on from small pilot tests of electric trucks to genuine replacement of diesel-fuelled fleet vehicles in cases where the duty cycle is compatible with electric operation. However, given the initial range limitations of the technology, OEMs must work with their customers on each deployment to avoid potential disappointment.

To find out more, the IDTechEx “Electric and Fuel Cell Trucks 2023-2043” report is designed to help businesses plan for the future in this dynamic market. The report contains 80 forecast lines, giving a twenty-year outlook for zero-emission truck sales, market penetration, battery demand, fuel cell demand, and market value, with separate forecasts for medium and heavy-duty trucks.

This report is part of IDTechEx’s broader mobility research portfolio, tracking the adoption of electric vehicles, battery, and technology trends across land, sea, and air. Find out more at Lucy Rogers at (+44(0)1223 812300)

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Maryland Men’s Basketball wins again vs Louisville to become the first 7-0 team to start a season in Maryland Men’s Hoop history! CORRECTION: The 98/88 team went 10-0…oops…I am not sure what I heard last night but it was wrong…sorry…

Maryland Terrapins (ranked # 22), now 7-0 this season so far, picked up where they left off from the last dominating win, however, Donte Scott is the big scorer in this latest game.

I love this Julian Reese player that had only 6 points in this Louisville game. He has had some exceptional games leading up to the Louisville game and has been my star so far this year.

This team plays very well together and almost too well because the passing is incredible. Too incredible that they may take that extra pass a bit but if we set that aside, this team is really gelling well together so far this year.

The big test will be the next game versus the #16 ranked Illinois Fighting Illini on Friday night at 9PM EST.

No. 22 Maryland (6-0)
at Louisville (0-6)

November 29, 2022
KFC YUM! Center
7:00 pm ET

COLLEGE PARK, MD – After a 95-79 win over Coppin State at home on Friday, the Terps head out for their first true road game on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Louisville. Thanks to its impressive 6-0 start to the year, Maryland enters the week at No. 22 in the AP Top 25 Poll moving up one spot from last week. The opening tip is slated for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN2. Fans can listen to the Maryland Sports Network (105.7 FM – Baltimore, The TEAM 980 AM – Washington, D.C., One Maryland App) with Matt Noble (play-by-play) and Chris Knoche (analyst) calling the action.

Under head coach Kevin Willard, Maryland has put together one of the toughest defenses in the country ranking 47th in scoring defense (61.3 ppg), 70th in field goal percentage defense (39.1%), and 30th in three-point percentage defense (26.3%). The Terps have also controlled the boards with a +8.0 rebounding margin which is 38th nationally.

Maryland is the only school to compete on both sides of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge – for the ACC prior to 2014 and for the Big Ten since. The Terps were 10-5 when playing for the ACC, but have been just 1-7 since joining the Big Ten making Maryland 11-12 all-time in the challenge. As a Big Ten member, Maryland is 0-3 on the road in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Louisville is 4-4 all-time in the challenge since joining the ACC with a 4-0 record at home.


  • Kevin Willard has become the first coach in Maryland history to start 6-0 in his first season leading the Terps. He has also become the first coach in program history to have Maryland ranked nationally during a coach’s first season.
  • Willard is one of just four current head coaches in their first year with a program to remain unbeaten this season joining Kansas State’s Jerome Tang, Mississippi State’s Chris Jans, and Missouri’s Dennis Gates. He is the only one in the group to have his team ranked in either the AP or USA Top 25 polls.
Head coach Kevin Willard Maryland Terrapins vs. Western Carolina University at Xfinity Center in College Park, MD on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. Chris Lyons/Maryland Terrapins


  • After a relatively quiet opening night with seven points and seven rebounds against Niagara, Julian Reese has shown fans he can be a dominant player for the Terps after tying his career-high with 19 points against both Western Carolina and Binghamton. Against the Catamounts, he also posted his first career double-double with a career-high 12 rebounds.
  • On the year, Reese is second on the team in scoring at 15.0 points and leads the Terps in rebounds (8.0). Nationally, Reese leads all players with an 80.4 field goal percentage (37-of-46).
  • Against Coppin State, Reese hit nine straight field goals (one shy of tying the program record). Between his freshman and sophomore seasons, Reese has increased his scoring output by 9.3 points, has nearly doubled his rebounding productivity (8.0 compared to 4.4), and has increased his field goal percentage by 34.8 percent (.804 compared to .456).
Julian Reese


  • Maryland features four players averaging in double figures so far this season. Led by Donta Scott’s 15.5 points, Julian Reese is just behind at 15 per game. Hakim Hart (14) and Jahmir Young (13.7) round out the quartet.
  • Hart, Reese, and Scott are all averaging career-best scoring totals to begin the season.
  • The win over Coppin State featured three players scoring 20-or-more points in a game for the first time in 20 years: Julian Reese (24), Hakim Hart (22), and Jahmir Young (21).
  • The Terps have been averaging 92.7 points over the last three games and have won all six games of the year by double-figures including by 20-plus points for the first four straight. Maryland’s +21.3 scoring margin is 20th nationally.
Guard Hakim Hart (13) Maryland Mens Basketball vs. Coppin State University at Xfinity Center in College Park, MD on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. Mackenzie Miles/Maryland Terrapins


  • Donta Scott became the 59th player in program history to reach 1,000 points in the win over Miami. He scored 24 points in that game and now has 1,019 career points. He is also the 17th Terp to post 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career. Through 100 career games he now has 533 rebounds.
  • Darryl Morsell (1,090 points / 510 rebounds / 2018-21) and Anthony Cowan (1,881 points / 508 rebounds / 2017-20) were the most recent Terps to post 1,000/500.
  • Scott passed Terp legend Len Elmore in the win over Coppin State to currently sit 57th in all-time scoring. His 533 rebounds puts him 40th all-time.
  • Scott was one of 20 players named to the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Watch List as announced by the Basketball Hall of Fame in late October.
  • This is Scott’s second year on the watch list after also garnering the honor last season. He joins Jalen Smith (2019-20) and Jake Layman (2014-15) as Terps to be recognized.
  • Scott ranked as the No. 49 overall player nationally last season.
Donta Scott


  • NOVEMBER REIGN – Maryland is 71-13 in November games dating back to 2010-11.
  • TERPS LEADING 99% OF THE TIME – In a total of 240 game minutes played this season, Maryland has trailed a total of 3-minutes, 23 seconds (3:23). The Terps led wire-to-wire against Western Carolina, Binghamton, and Saint Louis.
  • DEFENSE GENERATES OFFENSE – Maryland is forcing 13.8 turnovers per game which has translated to 16.5 points off turnovers. Nearly 20 percent of the Terps offense has been generated off turnovers.
  • RISING STOCK FROM KENPOM – The win over Saint Louis moved Maryland up 14 spots in the KenPom rankings. The Terps entered last weekend ranked No. 42 before jumping to No. 28 after the 28-point win. Following the win over Miami, Maryland moved up to No. 22 and enter this week at No. 25
  • MAKING POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS – Donta Scott and Hakim Hart lead the Terps with outstanding +134 and +130 ratings through six games. Don Carey is just behind at +111. The trio along with fellow starters Jahmir Young and Julian Reese are +45 as a line-up on the year.
  • CONTROLLING THE BOARDS – Maryland has a +8.0 rebounding margin for the season which ranks 38th nationally. The Terps have held the rebounding adavantage in all six games this year. Individually, Julian Reese ranks 19th nationally with 3.83 offensive boards per game. Against Coppin State, Maryland translated its +13 advantage on the boards to a season high 26 second chance points. In the win over Saint Louis, the Terps had a 17-to-6 (+11) edge in second chance points which had previously been the season high before finishing +17 (26-to-9) against Coppin State.
Maryland Mens Basketball vs. Coppin State University at Xfinity Center in College Park, MD on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. Mackenzie Miles/Maryland Terrapins

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Julian Reese, Hakim Hart and Jahmir Young scored 20+ today (the first time Maryland has had a trio of 20-plus scorers in the same game in over 20 years) in a game I could ONLY watch by CBS Tracker; Set that aside, the No. 23 Basketball Terps cruised to a 95-79 win over Coppin State

COLLEGE PARK, MD — Julian ReeseHakim Hart and Jahmir Young all scored at least 20 points, the first time Maryland has had a trio of 20-plus scorers in the same game in over 20 years, as the No. 23 Terps cruised to a 95-79 win over Coppin State. 

Reese was dominant inside once again, finishing with 24 points on an extremely efficient 10-of-12 shooting. He was the difference in the first half, leading Maryland with a career-high 22 points with makes on all nine field goal attempts. Reese is now shooting an outstanding 80 percent (37–of-46) from the floor this season. He grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season and his career. 

Not to be outdone, Hart and Young each added 22 and 21, respectively. It marked the first time three players have scored at least 20 points in the same game since Juan Dixon (23), Chris Wilcox (21) and Lonny Baxter (20) did it against Virginia on March 3, 2002 in the last ever game at Cole Field House. 

Playing against a Coppin State team coached by Juan Dixon, Maryland’s all-time leading scorer and hero of the 2002 National Champion team, the Terps outscored the Eagles by 14 in the final 8:47 of the first half to take command of the game. 

The Terps dominated inside all day, besting Coppin State 54-34 in paint points.

Maryland is now a perfect 6-0 for the fifth time in the last nine years. Coppin State dropped to 3-5 overall. 

Breaking Down The Action

  • The Terps held a 19-16 lead at the 10:50 mark. Three different Terps scored at least six points in the first 11 minutes: Hart (6), Reese (4) and Young (4). 
  • After trailing 24-21, the largest deficit Maryland had faced this season, the Terps outscored Coppin State by 14 in the final 8:47 to head into halftime up 47-36 Maryland held Coppin State without a field goal for almost four minutes during that span.
  • The Eagles cut it to six early in the second half, but the Terps utilized an aggressive press on defense to push the lead up to 13 at the under-12 media timeout. 
  • The Terps continued to click on all cylinders offensively as the game wound down, with both Hart and Young crossing the 20-point threshold in the final five minutes. 

6-0 Start 

  • Maryland is 6-0 for the first time since 2019-20, when the Terps started 10-0 on the way to the 2020 Big Ten Championship. 
  • The Terps have started 6-0 five times in the last nine years and have done so 16 times overall.
  • Maryland will look to improve to 7-0 at Louisville on Tuesday. The Terps have opened the season 7-0 on nine prior occasions.

Double-Figure Update

  • Julian Reese notched 24 points for his fourth game this season in double-figures and 11th time in his career. 
  • Reese scored 22 points in the first half, making him the first Terp to score 20-plus points in a half since Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 20 against Temple (11/28/19)
  • Hakim Hart tallied 22 for his fifth game in a row with 10-plus points and 30th time in his career. It was Hart’s third career 20-plus point game with one coming in each of his last three season. 
  • Jahmir Young scored 21 points, his fifth game this season in double-figures and 80th time in 91 career games.

Reese’s Hot-Shooting Night

  • Reese is now shooting 80% (37-of-46) from the floor this season; he entered the game ranked 4th nationally (2nd in the Big Ten) shooting 79.4% through the first five games of the year.
  • With 24 points and 10 rebounds Julian Reese notched his second double-double of the season. The first came with a 19 point and 12 rebound performance against Western Carolino on Nov. 10.
  • Reese came up one short of the school record for consecutive made field goals as he started the game 9-of-9 from the field before missing his first shot attempt of the second half. 
  • The school record of 10 consecutive made field goals is held by four different players with the last being Ryan Randle, who was 10-of-10 against Wagner on Jan. 4, 2003. Prior to that Lonny Baxter was also 10-of-10 against North Texas on Dec. 23, 1998. 
  • Keith Gatlin (vs. Clemson on Feb. 17, 1985) and Barry Yates (vs. Miami on Dec. 29, 1970) also made 10 field goals in a row in a game, but both missed shots in the game prior to after making 10 in a row. 
  • Dating to the Terps’ win over Miami last Sunday, Reese made a total of 10 field goals in a row, giving him 10 in a row over two games. The school record for most made field goals over multiple games is 16 by Randle during the 2003 season, which was also an ACC Record at the time.

Notes and Nuggets

  • The Terps are now 71-13 in November games dating back to 2010-11.
  • Kevin Willard is the first Maryland head coach to start his tenure with the Terps 6-0.
  • Donta Scott played in his 100th career game. He currently ranks 57th all-time with 1,019 points passing (Len Elmore, 1017). Next on the list at 56th (John Gilchrist, 1022), 55th (Kevin McClinton, 1024), 54th (Aaron Wiggins, 1052), 53rd (Terrell Stoglin, 1066).
  • Coppin State’s lead of 22-19 with 9:29 left in the 1st half marked the largest deficit of the year for Maryland. Prior to tonight’s game, the Terps trailed for a combined 1-minute, 42 seconds. The Eagles led for 1-minute, 41 seconds until a pair of Jahmir Young free throws put Maryland back up.
  • The Terps led at halftime 47-36 marking the sixth straight time to do so this season. Maryland has won its last 11 consecutive games when leading at the break.
  • With the win the Terps have now outrebounded opponents in sixth consecutive games. Today’s +13 advantage on the boards led to a season high 26 second chance points.

Up Next

  • Maryland will hit the road to face Louisville in the ACC/B1G challenge. That game will tip off at 7 pm at the KFC Yum! Center and will air on ESPN2.