Still Trying To Get The Message
For Maryland fans -- not to mention for the team itself -- there were more than a few distressing developments that came out of yesterday's Terps win. The focus was suspect at times. The rebounding was suspect at times. Heck, the enthusiasm of the crowd was suspect at times. Lethargy filled Comcast Center for most of the afternoon.
More subtle, though, was the lackluster performance put on by Maryland's reserves. Bryant outscored the Terps off the bench, 22-8. Of Maryland's subs, only two played 10 minutes or more. They shot a combined 3 for 10 from the field.
One would imagine that one of the benefits of playing against a team like Bryant -- in its first season of Division I basketball -- would allow a bigger program to rest some of its more established players and provide ample development time for those who need it. Yesterday, all five Maryland starters played at least 25 minutes (three played at least 33).
"Our guys on the bench didn’t play good today, so they’ve got to focus and they’ve got to know that ACC is coming soon so we’re working toward the ACC," said junior guard Greivis Vasquez, who started and played 34 minutes. "We can’t really play around and not be focused. You’ve got to be focused, any game we play. I think Braxton (Dupree), Dino (Gregory), Cliff (Tucker) – we need those guys to play hard. We need all of them, and it’s not like I’m against them. This isn’t about me. It isn’t about them. It’s about the team."
Dupree played 14 minutes -- the most of any Terps sub -- and registered two points on 1 for 4 shooting. He also picked up three rebounds and a steal.
Tucker played 10 minutes, tallying four points on 1 for 3 shooting. He registered zero rebounds and zero assists. He did have a steal.
Gregory played nine minutes and had one rebound and one block to show for it. Vasquez said he spoke with Gregory at halftime and implored the sophomore forward to pick up his intensity and play level. Vasquez called Gregory the team's "sixth man" and stated that Gregory's play is vital to the success of the entire unit.
Freshman guard Sean Mosley, expected to be another key reserve for the Terps this season, finished with two points on 1 for 2 shooting with a missed free throw and two rebounds in nine minutes. Mosley has struggled on both ends of the court recently, though Coach Gary Williams remains confident the freshman soon will rediscover the groove that made him such an enticing prospect in November.
But Mosley isn't the only reserve who the Terps need to pick up his game.
"If Braxton comes to play and gets his confidence, we’re going to look better," Vasquez said. "If Cliff starts playing the way he did in the preseason, we’re going to be even better. So they’ve got to understand that. I don’t think they get that message yet, but I’m confident they will, and I’m looking forward to see them play better because we need them to play better."
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