Smith's 38 lead Terps by Verich, 111-87

November 24, 1993|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Too bad it didn't count, for Maryland or freshman center Joe Smith. Smith scored a game-high 38 points, including 22 in the first half, while adding 12 rebounds and leading the Terrapins to a 111-87 exhibition victory over Verich Reps last might at Cole Field House.

Trailing 48-47 at halftime, Maryland ran off the first eight points in the second half to take the lead. The Terps then took control during a 14-3 run that was sparked by a couple of ferocious dunks by the freshmen.

Aside from Smith, fellow freshman Keith Booth had another good night. The 6-foot-6 forward from Dunbar High School added 21 points and eight rebounds, and sophomore forward Exree Hipp scored 23.

"I was really pleased with Joe's 12 rebounds and the fact that Keith came back with eight," said Maryland coach Gary Williams. "We're only going to be as good as our rebounding. We can't fool ourselves. We can't lose our focus."

The victory, coming against a team that beat Wake Forest before losing to UNLV, put Maryland in the proper frame of mind going into Friday's season opener against Georgetown at USAir Arena.

"The big thing is that we were able to turn it up a notch in the second half," said Williams.

The Terps got 82 points from its starting frontcourt, but only eight from its backcourt. Sophomore Johnny Rhodes, who continues to struggle with his shooting, was four of 11 from the field. Fellow sophomore Duane Simpkins was 0-for-3 and failed to score.

"I think that when teams start to pack it inside, we'll get the opportunity for some shots and I have confidence that we'll knock them down," said Simpkins.

NOTES: Junior forward John Walsh confirmed last night that he has obtained his release from the university's athletic department and plans to transfer after the semester. Walsh declined to discuss the reasons for his decision.

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