Justin Jackson’s 11 points and career-high 14 rebounds led Maryland past Stony Brook, 76-61, on Friday night in its season-opener at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Terrapins converted 52 percent of their field goal attempts (14-for-27) and led 41-23 at halftime.
Maryland capped Stony Brook to 30 percent from the field (9-for-30) in the first half. Maryland exploited the undersized Sea Wolves, holding a 24-9 edge on the boards at halftime. The Terps also connected on 11-of-12 first-half free throws.
“We played well, especially in the first half,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. “Our defense and rebounding were very good and at a higher level at this time earlier in the year than I anticipated.”
Freshman forward Bruno Fernando scored six of his 10 points over a two minute, 12 second span in the second half to lift Maryland to a 58-42 lead with under-13 remaining in the game.
Sophomore point guard Anthony Cowan led the Terps in scoring with 15 points and notched six assists to go along with four rebounds. Sophomore wing Kevin Huerter finished with 13 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Senior center Michal Cekovsky added 10 points and three rebounds in 17 minutes.
Turgeon had five players in double figures and had 11 players see action in the first half.
Maryland (1-0) will host Maryland-Eastern Shore in its home opener Sunday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at the XFINITY Center.