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Solid Bench Play

Maryland's bench production has been called into question after recent games, yet the team's reserves very well may have been what kept the Terps within striking distance during a first half yesterday in which they were ineffective on offense and unfocused on defense.

In the first half alone:

  • Freshman guard Sean Mosley tallied eight points and four rebounds in 12 minutes.
  • Sophomore guard Cliff Tucker scored six points in just four minutes.
  • Sophomore forwards Braxton Dupree and Dino Gregory combined for five rebounds and helped the Terps manage Charlotte's 6-foot-10 center Phil Jones. Dupree and Gregory combined to play 13 minutes before the intermission.

"I thought our bench today was tremendous, especially in the first half when we really needed them," Gary Williams said. "Sean Mosley just did a great job. Dino Gregory. Cliff Tucker. Braxton Dupree in the first half gave us some strong inside play against their big guy, Jones. That was a step up for Braxton. I thought he did a good job when he was in there."

When all was said and done, Maryland's bench accounted for 21 points and 17 rebounds, as well as four of the team's six blocks.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 4, 2009; 8:20 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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