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Terps Benefit From Defensive Switch

Originally, sophomore guard Adrian Bowie said, he was slated to guard Virginia freshman Sylven Landesberg during last night's contest. Bowie said he was told during Sunday's workout that he would be responsible for shutting down Landesberg, who entered the game averaging 17.3 points per game.

Then, during Monday's practice, Bowie said he was told the Terps were switching up defensive assignments and that he would guard Cavaliers point guard Sammy Zeglinski instead.

The change of plans seems to have worked for the better. Eric Hayes and Greivis Vasquez alternated guarding Landesberg for most of the night, and the pair was able to stifle Virginia's precocious guard. Landesberg finished with just seven points on 2 of 10 shooting. Meantime, Bowie held Zeglinski to no points on 0 of 4 shooting.

But defensive success was just one benefit of the defensive switch. Bowie had fouled out of the two contests prior to last night's game against Virginia, which proved costly for the Terps, as Bowie has developed into their most consistent scorer. Landesberg, on the other hand, is known for his ability to slash to the basket and draw fouls.

Matching the two of them up likely would have ushered an early end to Bowie's night. Heck, he picked up three fouls while not guarding Landesberg. He may well have fouled out in the first half had the Terps stuck to their original plan.

But they didn't. Bowie was able to remain in the game and help Maryland secure a much-needed win by scoring 17 points, which tied him with Landon Milbourne for the team high.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 21, 2009; 1:28 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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