The Maryland men's basketball team beat Penn State, 75-69, in College Park, Md., Jan. 2 before 14,374 fans to improve to 13-3 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten. Here are four observations on the victory against the Nittany Lions (11-5, 1-2):
1. Terps head coach Mark Turgeon played senior Michal Cekovsky and freshman Bruno Fernando together a lot for the first time this year.
Turgeon started senior Jared Nickens at power forward during Maryland's win against UMBC Dec. 29, but he opted for junior Ivan Bender at the four at the start of the second half. After Bender left the game with an injury -- which was later revealed to be a torn meniscus in his right knee -- Turgeon finished the game with small lineups.