Though Maryland got off to a slow start against Georgia Southern, Logan Aronholt's shooting display helped the Terrapins secure a 70-53 victory on Saturday night at the Comcast Center.
This morning, the team addressed the type of impact the 6-foot-3, 210-pound guard can have on the court.
For the minutes he's given, he contributes a lot, said sophomore guard Nick Faust. He's just a knockdown shooter and he helps us balance out the team and balance out the scoring.
Aronholt was second on the team in scoring against Georgia Southern with a total of 12 points. All of them came from beyond the three-point line, where he hit all four of his attempts. Within the 15 minutes he played that night, he accounted for four of Maryland's five three-point field goals for the contest.
Lately we've been struggling [from three], but I think with Logan hitting open shots, it can be contagious, said senior forward James Padgett.
Aronholt admits that it has been tough having to adjust to the drop in playing time following his transfer from the University at Albany. However, he is beginning to acknowledge his role at Maryland and said that he wants to become more comfortable as a substitute.
I think I'm getting better at it as we go along, but I know that I don't even want to play those 35 minutes, I don't know if my body can take that anymore, Aronholt said. Getting used to the role is something new for me and I'm actually starting to enjoy it.
The red shirt senior mainly transferred to Maryland for its graduate program in exercise physiology. Overall, Coach Mark Turgeon said that Aronholt has adjusted well to his new teammates and new academic environment.
He is really happy with all the stuff he is learning along with basketball, he said.
Maryland has notched four straight wins on their home court, and now will face its first true away game this season when they travel to Evanston, Ill. to face Northwestern tomorrow night. The match up is a part of the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
Turgeon believes that the trip to will be a challenge for his young squad, and Aronholt feels the same way.
It's a big test, especially with so many young guys on the team, he said. You're in a new place, a new environment, so it's just getting used to all of those little things. As soon as the game starts we have to be ready to go. We've had some lulls here at the start of games and you can't have that on the road or they're going take advantage of it.
It will be second-to-last time Maryland will participate in the competition as a member of the ACC before they switch to the Big Ten starting in 2014. While the competition could possibly be a sample for their future conference games, Turgeon does not look so far into it.
I just coach where I am and coach my team, he said.