How To Describe The Miami Loss
One got the sense, peering aroung Maryland's locker room after last night's defeat that few players saw this particular conclusion coming, especially with the way the team had controlled the first half.
But after a 17-point lead dissolved into a two-point defeat, few team members were in a contemplative mood. So they went with the more obvious -- yet still quite accurate -- observations.
"It’s brutal," senior forward Dave Neal said. "I wish we could have played the whole 40 minutes and it would have been a phenomenal win. Things didn’t go our way and didn’t execute our offense the way we did in the first 30 minutes. They got hot, we didn’t play as good a defense as we should have and they got the win."
"It’s very hard, especially with the way we were playing," sophomore guard Adrian Bowie said. "We played really good and just let up in the second half."
In the first half, Maryland recorded six blocks and seven steals, and Miami gave up 10 turnovers. In the second half, Maryland mustered one block and no steals, and Miami gave up just two turnovers.
"It’s pretty tough because we came out pretty hot," junior forward Landon Milbourne said. "Second half, we just didn’t come out with the same intensity we had in the first half."
Then Milbourne was asked for a reason why the Terps seemingly left their energy in the locker room before emerging for the second half.
"I’m not really sure why," he responded. "We just didn’t move the same. We were kind of sluggish out there. That’s what coach was saying. We just have to learn how to keep playing hard, no matter what. Regardless of whether we’re tired, the game’s not over so we have to push through."
Perhaps a few days in the Miami sunshine will recharge the group's collective battery. That's what they're hoping for anyways.
"It would be awesome to be 2-0 and we didn’t do it," Neal said. "We've got a big game Saturday against Florida State, so we have to be down about this until tomorrow’s practice, and then we have to get ready for Florida State."
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