Terps Win Big Over GW, 76-53
Pretty easy work for Maryland tonight. Gary Williams credited the Colonials for continuing to push his squad throughout the game, but the score was so out of hand by the start of the second half that the effort was all for not. Maryland improved to 6-2 on the season.
1) Hunger (of the metaphorical variety). Williams said in recent days that his team's victory over Michigan would not mean much if the Terps came out flat against the Colonials as they had previously following a big win. After beating MIchigan State, Maryland did not display the same level of effort or determination against Gonzaga or Georgetown. But tonight, there was no drop-off. The Terps jumped on George Washington from the opening tip and did not loosen up until their lead was too large for it to matter.
2) Rebounding. Yes, the Terps only claimed a 45-42 edge on the night, but some context is needed. The Colonials out-rebounded the Terps, 16-3, to start the game before Maryland turned things around on the boards. Greivis Vasquez led the team with 11 rebounds. Landon Milbourne had eight. Dino Gregory had nine. On the whole, a solid effort.
3) Long-range shooting. Maryland shot 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from beyond the arc tonight. Eric Hayes made his first three three-point attempts and had 11 points after just eight minutes of play. Vasquez shot 3-for-5 from three-point range. Milbourne went 2-for-2 from beyond the arc.
1) Focus. No need for me to say anything; just check out this Williams quote: "We have to get better. We have to learn that the time is coming quickly when we’re going to have to play for 40 minutes for most of our games. We have to learn that. We weren’t able to do that tonight, but I thought George Washington kept hustling. We’ve been in that situation before. We have to learn to go the full 40. That doesn’t mean I’m not pleased with the way we played, we’re just trying to get better."
2) Dave Neal. Not the greatest showing from Neal, who made his second consecutive start. He finished with two points, no rebounds and four fouls in 11 mjnutes. With the way Dino Gregory has played recently, don't be surprised to see Neal coming off the bench once again sometime in the near future.
3) Braxton Dupree. What happened here? Williams said Dupree missed the Michigan game because he skipped a class following the team's return from the Thanksgiving weekend tournament in Orlando. But Williams also said on Saturday that Dupree would not be restricted in any way against George Washington for disciplinary reasons. Dupree's line on the night: one minute, one personal foul. So if he didn't sit out for 39 mjnutes tonight due to disciplinary reasons, one can only conclude Dupree is not playing with the production, execution and/or effort in practice necessary to satisfy his coach. This from a player who started the first six games of the season and who was supposed to be the team's central figure in the post.
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