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Same Pattern In Terps' Win

Another game, another slow offensive start for Coach Gary Williams's bunch. Maryland missed its first six shots from the field and scored just 12 points in the opening 10 minutes. But just as they did Friday night against Bucknell, the Terrapins recovered and ended up stomping Youngstown State, 73-49.

I'll have some feedback from Williams and a few players tomorrow, but for now, here's a brief synopsis of the Terps second win in as many games this season.

Three Up:

1. Greivis Vasquez. That ankle he had surgery on over the summer seems to have healed just fine. Maryland went on a 14-0 run to take command of the game late in the first half, and Vasquez was the main spark. He scored 16 of the team's 37 first-half points and finished with a game-high 28 points. He also tallied eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Not too shabby.

2. The full-court press. I'm certainly not qualified to coach basketball at any level, but if I'm Gary Williams and the Terps have the endurance for it, I'd consider running the the full-court press from the opening tip until the final horn sounds. Not only does it put an immense amount of pressure on the opposing team, it seems to breath life into Maryland's offense. The Terps were horrid at the start offensively once again tonight, but things seemed to turn around once they started running the press.

3. Guards who can rebound. Williams has said it repeatedly and he sure isn't kidding -- the Terps will need their perimeter players to be a rebounding presence this season. So far, it's worked out to mixed results. The guards are rebounding (23 of the team's 34 last night), but the team is struggling to win the overall battle on the boards (Youngstown State out-rebounded the Terps, 45-34).

Three Down:

1. The big fellas. Braxton Dupree played better in the second half but still finished with just two points and five boards. The four reserve big men -- Neal, Gregory, Goins and Burney -- totalled no points, two rebounds, three turnovers and one block in 39 combined minutes of action. Yikes.

2. The first 10 minutes. Williams does not appear overly concerned with his team's poor starts in its first two games. He says a team with as much youth as his has might still be battling early-season nerves, and he does not view that as a bad thing. Still, if this trend continues, it most certainly will pose problems for the Terps against more savvy and talented opponents.

3. Comcast Center scoreboards. The one on the west wall refused to cooperate at the start of tonight's game. Three times, Dupree stepped into the mid-court circle and prepared to leap for the tip-off. And three times, he was delayed due to the faulty scoreboard. Eventually, the refs just gave up and used the other scoreboards to keep time. Not until midway through the first half did the west scoreboard become functional.

By Steve Yanda  |  November 18, 2008; 11:25 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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