Flyers Sweep by Winning All Games During This HOMESTAND, Maryland Hoop Picks Up Play again tonight at 7PM in the ole’ PARADISE JAM and The Rams GREEN GAME vs. The Bears is today at 1pm our time!
The Rams will host our fourth annual Green Game on November 24, 2013 against the Chicago Bears. As a part of this game, we will offset 100% of the electricity used at the Edward Jones Dome. We will also offset Chicago Bears team travel to and from St. Louis and fan travel to and from the Edward Jones Dome using carbon offsets. We will highlight the importance of sustainability throughout the game with a Green Expo in Baer Park prior to the game and in-game features throughout. We will feature a series of events throughout the week leading up to the Green Game. Check back for more information!
Sunday, November 24 - Men’s Basketball @ Northern Iowa – 7:00 PM
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - Sophomore forward Jake Layman continued his torrid scoring pace and poured in a game-high16 points as Maryland (2-2) defeated Marist, 68-43, in the opening round of the Paradise Jam tournament.
Maryland had key performances from starting sophomore center Shaquille Cleare, who added a season-high eight points and a received a spark off the bench from junior Varun Ram, who played a career-high 19 minutes.
Head coach Mark Turgeon, who was disappointed with the Terps’ defensive performance in a 90-83 loss to Oregon State last Sunday, praised his team’s overall effort against Marist after they limited the Red Foxes to just a 26 percent clip from the field.
“We played really well defensively,” Turgeon said. “Even though we had spurts where we did not score offensively, I liked our effort and knew if we continued to guard like that we did, we could overcome our struggles offensively because of the way we played on defense.”
Maryland led 26-20 at halftime as Layman led the Terps with 10 points. Turgeon acknowledged that he thought the Terps could struggle offensively and while it was apparent in the first half, Maryland looked like a more confident team in the second half in which they connected on 15-of-28 field goals attempts (53.6%).
The Terps opened the second half on a blistering 10-0 run behind the play of junior Dez Wells, who scored seven points on a pair of driving layups and a three-point shot. Wells also tossed a picturesque alley-hoop to Cleare on Maryland’s first possession to open up the scoring.
“That helped me get going,” said Cleare, who spent most of the past summer sidelined with back soreness. “I am now starting to feel better and I am playing with some more confidence.”
With Cleare having a strong inside presence, Layman connected on one of his four three-pointers to lift the Terps to a 52-30 lead with a little more than eight minutes remaining. After the game Layman, who leads the team in scoring (15.8 ppg), deflected any praise his way and credited his teammates for helping him finish with a strong second half showing,
“They kept encouraging me to shoot,” Layman said. “My teammates gave me the confidence that I needed. I think that I can be a more consistent shooter, but this was a good win for us because everyone got involved and play a big role.”
That included Ram, a junior who originally joined the Terps as a walk-on last season. With the sudden injury prior to the start of the season to guard Seth Allen (fractured left foot), Turgeon has emphasized the importance of building depth. Ram has answered the call throughout the first four games for the Terps and his coaches and teammates have taken notice.”
“He had a couple steals out there, some loose balls he came up with, some scrum plays he’s right in the middle of it,” Turgeon said. “I thought Varun was terrific. I really did. We need him. We’ve got to build depth. Varun’s going to be a part of that depth…”
When asked about the strong following and support the 5-9 junior is receiving from the student body on the College Park campus, including the chants of MVP he received from the strong showing of Maryland faithful attending tonight’s game, Ram laughed and said while flashing a huge grin: “MVP? That’s funny. But I didn’t hear it.”
Maryland will next face Northern Iowa on Sun., Nov. 24 at 7:00 p.m. EST. (CBS Sports Network). Northern Iowa defeated Loyola Marymount, 90-81.
Notes: Sophomore Charles Mitchell finished with 12 points and connected on five-of-six field goal attempts…Mitchell and Layman tied for the team lead with eight rebounds…Turgeon quipped that Cleare may have played his best game because the team returned to the Islands. Cleare is a native of Andros Bahamas…Maryland traveled to the Bahamas for its Summer tour this past August and Layman averaged 21.3 points over the course of three games (all wins) on the trip… Entering tonight’s game, the Terps allowed their first three opponents to average 70.7 points per game but limited Marist to just 43 points…Maryland has a scheduled day off on Saturday and will enjoy a catamaran tour and snorkeling trip.
Giroux, Simmonds, Read and Voracek all have two points as Flyers down Islanders 5-2 for sweep of homestand.
But, now that things are going so well, the superstitious Read is thinking about some home remodeling.
“I think I’m going to have to clean out the guest room for them so they can move in,” he said.
When you’re scoring two goals a game, you do whatever you have to do to keep it rolling – even if it means having the folks move in.
It’s an arrangement Read would be more than happy to deal with now that the team is on a certified roll following a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders Saturday.
|Vincent Lecavalier celebrates after assisting on Wayne Simmonds goal in the Flyers 5-2 win over the New York Islanders.|
The Flyers swept all three games of the three game home stand, improved to 6-0-1 in the last seven games, and 9-3-2 since starting the year 1-7-0.
The long climb from that woeful start began exactly one month ago. Yet, in most people’s eyes the odds of them turning the season around this quickly, to be back to faux .500 (10-10-2) in 30 days were longer than seeing a unicorn pulling a sleigh full of bubbly sorority sisters eating kabobs in the Gobi Desert.
Yeah, that unrealistic.
At least it was to everyone save the most ardent of diehards, and the team itself.
“It’s been a great effort by the players,” said coach Craig Berube. “They listened, bought in and worked hard. They did all the right things. As a result we’ve won same games and got ourselves into a pretty good spot.”
Read snapped a scoreless tie in the opening minute of the second period when he fired the rebound of a Couturier shot past Kevin Poulin for 1-0.
Read added the empty-netter at the end of the game too, and while that trio was on the ice – and they were on the ice more than any other Flyers line Saturday – the Islanders struggled to find any room to move, let alone generate anything resembling scoring chances.
“The Couturier line has been outstanding the last three or four games,” said Jake Voracek, who had two assists of his own. “They are playing unbelievably. That line is the best line in the NHL right now.”
That’s high praise from a teammate.
And while it’s hard to truly convince others that Voracek’s belief is correct, the fact that they are outplaying the top line of every team the Flyers come across on the schedule, could suggest that even if they aren’t the best, they’re certainly playing in that same, elite, rarified air as the best in the game.
The first goal was an igniter for the Flyers, who ended up pumping in three goals in 3:02 early in the second period.
The power play has registered a tally in six straight games and has been clicking at 32 percent in that time.
Voracek got the secondary assists on Giroux’s goal and picked up another later on the insurance marker by Brayden Schenn. Voracek now has points in six of the last seven games.
The Islanders wouldn’t go away though and rebounded quickly, scoring two even strength goals to get back within one.
It was the first even strength goal allowed by the Flyers in 345 minutes, 39 seconds, the second longest streak in franchise history.
But once again, faced with adversity, the Flyers didn’t wilt.
|Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist and now has eight points in the last seven games.|
“A couple weeks ago when we would have that second goal scored against us we would have just, pardon my language, [messed] the bed. Right now though, we are very calm on the bench. We were able to forecheck and get that fourth goal, which was huge.”
Voracek made it happen with good work along the boards to be able to get the puck on net where Brayden Schenn was there to put in the rebound.
Steve Mason made 36 saves in another brilliant outing in goal and it marked the tenth consecutive game the Flyers allowed three goals or less, something they haven’t done since February, 2011 and have only done 23 times in franchise history.
Read rounded it off and the Flyers suddenly find themselves just two points out of a playoff spot with a game in hand on the New York Rangers.
Heck, while they’re being all positive and feeling the mojo working, they’re only eight points out of first place with two games in hand on the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“I think the only way to look is up,” Read said. “You’ve got to put these last eight or nine games behind you and keep playing Philadelphia Flyers hockey, getting pucks deep, playing smart.
“If we keep playing the way we are it’s going to be a hard night for another team to beat us.
“We’ve just got to keep playing the way we are, take control of games, and keep winning.”
In the meantime Matt, be sure to fluff the pillows in your guest room before you head out on the road.
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