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“He’s like World B. Free, man,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. “He’s like the microwave of College Park. He makes tough shots. We wanted to play that last possession out and see if we could get it back and we went zone and he hit a tough shot.”

In turn, it gave Maryland a win it craved entering a six-game homestand over the next month, one during which the Terps hope to build a more imposing record if not a superb postseason resume. Improvement means more, of course, and Maryland could eventually look back on its BB&T adventure as a significant step forward for perhaps an unexpected reason.

“I was kind of glad it was close for these guys — that they made a run at us, that they made us a little bit nervous and we had to make plays,” Turgeon said. “I think that did more for us than winning by 10 or 12.”

NOTE: Forward Ashton Pankey played only one minute, the first time all season one of Maryland’s available recruited scholarship players logged less than 10 minutes. “That was a coach’s decision,” Turgeon said tersely.