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Clamping Down On 'D'

After watching Maryland manhandle a team as offensively deficient as George Washington, it is hard to discern whether it was the Terps defense that imposed its will on the Colonials or the Colonials own ineptness that contributed to their paltry numbers. As Gary Williams likes to say, it was probably of combination of both.

George Washington shot 30.8 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from three-point range Sunday night. Only two Colonials scored more than seven points. They recorded twice as many turnovers (16) as assists (eight). Oh, and they shot 56.3 percent from the free throw line.

Maryland, to its credit, provided solid help defense on George Washington's numerous attempts to penetrate into the interior. The Terps tallied seven blocks and eight steals on the night.

"I was pleased with our team defense tonight," Williams said. "GW’s really tough to play against because they put four guys out there who can dribble-penetrate at any point in time. That’s hard to help and get back to your man, and with (Colonials guard Noel Wilmore) out there being a great three-point shooter, you know, we couldn’t help off of him, so we had to know what we were doing, and I thought we carried out what we wanted to do defensively pretty well tonight."

Wilmore, who entered the night averaging 12.0 points per game and shooting 48.3 percent from beyond the arc, scored seven points and hit just 1-of-6 three-point attempts.

For the Terps, as a team and as individual players, confidence appears to be at a high level right now on both ends of the floor.

"I have so much confidence playing defense right now," junior guard Greivis Vasquez said. "I just feel like nobody can score. Until somebody come at me and start scoring, as of right now, I feel like I can guard anybody."

By Steve Yanda  |  December 8, 2008; 1:31 PM ET
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Confidence being "at a premium" would mean that the Terps currently have very little of it.
Sorry for being the grammar police.

Posted by: Hobes | December 8, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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