The Washington Times - November 18, 2009, 12:02AM

Every nonconference season brings its share of games that will be shoved to the recesses of the memory for most of those who actually witnessed them.

Often it’s because of a lopsided margin. Sometimes it’s because they don’t do much to advance the season narrative. And every now and then, it’s because there just weren’t that many moments worth recalling.


Maryland’s 71-42 victory over Fairfield was all of those things. The Terrapins played superb defense, disjointed offense and were never seriously threatened in the second half.

Is that criticism of the Terps? Heck, no. If this was last season, Maryland would have won this game by seven, and no one would have said anything kind. It would have been another sign of how shaky things were with that unorthodox roster.

Instead, Maryland used three forwards and still rolled past a team capable of making noise in the Metro Atlantic (but not much if Siena and Rider have any say).

Ultimately, these early-season games are meant to accomplish the following:

* Gain experience
* Tinker with offenses and defenses
* Don’t get guys hurt
* Build up a win-loss record and avoid crippling losses

Maryland did all of those things tonight. It wasn’t memorable; indeed, there were moments during which it seemed I wouldn’t be able to recall much of anything that was unfolding before me in a couple weeks.

And that w\as just fine for the terps, who now have opened with consecutive games to open a season by 29+ points for the first time since 1991-92.

—- Patrick Stevens