Mitchell leads Maryland past Delaware State 79-50

Mitchell leads Maryland past Delaware State 79-50

By Chris Knoche

CSNWashington.com Contributor

It would be impossible to blame Maryland coach Mark Turgeon for being excited about what he’s seeing right now.

His team just finished off their eleventh consecutive win by drilling Delaware State 79-50 before 12,389 at Comcast Center. He had just witnessed season best performances from two key reserves as well as a solid showing from start to finish by the rest of his club.

That the Terps had just spanked Delaware State was not surprising. The Hornets entered the game at 5-7 and a rout was predictable. The way it unfolded was both methodical and precise and represented the best outing–from start to finish–of the Terps this season.

Midway through the first half Delaware had slowed the game to a crawl with a laudable offensive patience and owned a 16-15 lead after a pair of made free throws. Turgeon and his troops were clearly frustrated with the pace and flow of the game.

Enter Charles Mitchell.

The 6’8” freshman has been a man-child for much of the season, to be certain, but he played this game like the newest present under the Terp Nation Christmas tree.

With his team trailing by one at that point, Mitchell scored the first six points of a 17-0 Maryland run that didn’t just put the Terps in command, it effectively ended the contest. The Terps had started the game 3-8 from the field and missed some easy shots in the paint. When you don’t score it completely takes any pressure defense- the easiest way to speed up the tempo of the game- out of the equation. From the time Mitchell caught fire to the end of the first half, the Terps shot 16-18 from the field and led 40-22 at intermission.

While Mitchell had a big hand in changing the course of the game in that first half he had plenty of help. Fellow freshmen Seth Allen and Jake Layman each had six points and shot a combined 5-6 from the field. Allen has proven himself to be up to the task of basketball at this level. Layman has offered tantalizing size and talent but not the production. In terms of style and substance, this was his best half of the season.

The second half would end up being a mirror image of the first with Delaware State starting quickly before succumbing to Maryland’s size and depth. Turgeon continued to coach like it was hockey and kept sending wave after wave of fresh Terps over the boards for regular line changes.

Mitchell ended the game with gargantuan numbers–season high 19 points and 14 rebounds. Allen and sophomore Dez Wells each chipped in ten points but the team numbers dwarfed the individual ones.

Maryland continued a new-found offensive efficiency and shot 33-58 (57%). Their selflessness was on display once again as they totaled 19 assists versus just 10 turnovers. They harassed the Hornets into horrid shooting (18-56, 32%) and forced 19 turnovers.

Perhaps the only thing that Turgeon could find to complain about after the game came in the most unlikely statistical category. The Terps have been in the top five nationally in rebounding all year long and Delaware State didn’t have a starter over 6’7” yet the battle on the backboards was pretty much even all day long. Were it not for Mitchell’s efforts the Terps may have actually found themselves out-rebounded for the first time this season. The final Maryland advantage of 36-30 felt deceptive given the fact that the Hornets tallied 16 rebounds on their offensive end.

Maryland has one more opportunity for a “tune-up” prior to the beginning of ACC play one week from today. They will host IUPUI at home on New Year’s Day as they ramp up to their league home opener against Virginia Tech.

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Orioles place Ubaldo Jimenez on paternity list

Orioles place Ubaldo Jimenez on paternity list

BALTIMORE—The Orioles placed right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez on the paternity list shortly before Saturday night’s game. 

Jimenez was at the hospital with his wife, who is delivering the couple’s first child. He hasn’t pitched since July 8. He will be on the paternity list for three days.  

With Vance Worley pitching on Sunday and Odrisamer Despaigne unavailable because he pitched 3 2/3 innings on Friday night, the Orioles recalled Tyler Wilson from Norfolk to serve as the team’s long man for Saturday night’s game. 

Wilson, who was sent to Norfolk on July 3, is 4-6 with a 5.22 ERA in 16 games with the Orioles. In two games with the Tides, Wilson allowed six runs on 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings. 

Matt Wieters remains out of the starting lineup for the fifth straight game, and Caleb Joseph gets the start. Wieters bruised his right foot when he was hit by a pitch in Monday night’s game. 

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“I think they’ve done the MRI,” Showalter said. “They’ve done everything. They know what they’re dealing with. I’ll be frank with you, I’m hoping Monday. I was really hoping to not have to do that night game, day game with Caleb [Joseph on Saturday and Sunday], but we’ll see. If I have to put him in there emergency, then we may look at it differently depending on how he feels.”

Showalter said that he’s not afraid of using Joseph in six straight games because with a month’s rest due to his testicular surgery in late May, he’s fresher than he normally would be. 

Hyun Soo Kim, who could be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, will begin a two-day rehab assignment at Bowie on Sunday. Kim is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. 

T.J. McFarland (left knee) is getting close to throwing from the mound. McFarland has been throwing from 90-120 feet in Sarasota, Fla. 

Showalter said that Brian Duensing (left elbow), who is on the 60-day disabled list, is progressing. 

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Nats name Giolito as Sunday starter vs. Padres, Ross to rehab soon

Nats name Giolito as Sunday starter vs. Padres, Ross to rehab soon

The mystery of who will pitch the series finale for the Nationals against the Padres on Sunday is over, as manager Dusty Baker revealed the team's plans to call up top prospect Lucas Giolito to make his third career MLB start.

With Giolito on his way to Washington, the Nationals will have to determine a corresponding move. And three players - Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross and Sammy Solis - all nearing their returns from the disabled list, there could be a lot of shuffling on the Nats' roster in the coming days and weeks.

Giolito, 22, joins the Nats after making one start at Triple-A Syracuse. Through two big league starts this season he has a 4.70 ERA across 7 2/3 innings. Both of his outings came against the New York Mets.

Zimmerman (left ribcage strain) has made two rehab appearances with the Single-A Potomac Nationals. He went 2-for-4 with a double in his first game and 1-for-5 with two RBI and a run in his second. He was set to play his third game with the P-Nats on Saturday evening.

Solis also played with Potomac on Friday night and struck out three in a scoreless inning. He will now move on to Single-A Hagerstown to continue his rehab back from right knee inflammation.

"Solis, he pitched yesterday and said it went well. He's going to throw again tomorrow," Baker said. "Him and Joe are both going to throw at Hagerstown. We'll keep our fingers crossed that that works out well, too."

Ross will be making his first rehab appearance with Hagerstown on Sunday as he works his way back from right shoulder inflammation. He has been on the disabled list since July 3.

The Nationals chose Giolito to start over Reynaldo Lopez, one of their other hard-throwing prospects. Lopez pitched against the Dodgers on Tuesday and gave up six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Lopez was brought up to replace Giolito's spot in the rotation for his July 19 debut after the Nats determined Giolito needed more work in the minors. They sent him to Syracuse hoping he could work on his fastball command and his curveball. Giolito responded with 6 2/3 innings and only one unearned run in his lone outing in Triple-A.

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O'Day recaps Bowie rehab trip, doesn't think another is needed

O'Day recaps Bowie rehab trip, doesn't think another is needed

BALTIMORE—Darren O’Day wasn’t impressed with the uniforms worn by the Baysox to honor David Bowie on Friday night.

“I wore a pretty bad jersey, probably the worst jersey I ever wore,” O’Day said. 

While wearing that jersey for an inning, O’Day struck out two and allowed a hit while pitching for Bowie

“The outing was good. I felt good. I got to execute most of my pitches. It felt good to get back out there. I had a baserunner, so that was good,” O’Day said. “Altogether positive.” 

O’Day, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 3 with a strained right hamstring, thinks that is the only rehab assignment he’ll need before returning to the Orioles. 

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“I hope so,” O’Day said. He’ll talk with Dan Duquette, Buck Showalter and the trainers. “My delivery was in a good place. I was making a lot of good pitches. Everything was moving like it should.” 

Meanwhile, Joey Rickard will be in a splint for the next three weeks to rest the injured ligament in his right thumb. Rickard will probably not be able to play until September. Surgery is not required. 

“As soon as possible. My goal is to beat whatever they told me by whatever I can, so I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that happens,” Rickard said. 

Showalter said that Rickard would stay in Baltimore and not go to Sarasota since there wasn’t anything he could do there that he couldn’t do here. He won’t travel with the Orioles, Showalter said.