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Terps Fall To Morgan State, 66-65

Yep. You read that correctly. Maryland, the team at was 11-2 and headed into ACC play with a full head of steam, faltered against Morgan State, a team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Terps started off poorly, then picked up their intensity after halftime, as they are so prone to do. But this time, Maryland's collective teeth were not sharp enough. Morgan State continued to pester the Terps and took advantage of Maryland's unwarranted love affair with the three-point line.

"It’s a shame, but at the same time, you can’t dwell on it," Gary Williams said. "We’ve got 16 league games coming up. This won’t be talked about. It will all be about Georgia Tech at practice tomorrow."

Three Up:

1) Dave Neal's YMCA moves. It doesn't matter what you want to call Neal's style of play, his offensive arsenal or his un-athletic moves. The guy, to this point, is fulfilling his role. He might be the only one on the team that is doing so completely at this point. He scored 18 points. He grabbed nine rebounds. He shot 8 for 12 from the field. What more could you ask for?

2) Landon Milbourne's development. This guy is an athletic freak. And he should be getting the ball more down the stretch, especially in close games such as tonight's. On defense, he tallied two blocks and three steals. On offense, he scored 15 points. He also grabbed seven boards. A complete performance. And yet, he wasn't even an option with the clock winding down and the Terps trailing.

3) Free-throw shooting. The Terps shot 12 for 15 from the charity stripe. At least they had that going for them.

Three Down:

1) Three-point shooting. Williams said it best after the game: if you're shooting 1 for 14 from beyond the arc, wouldn't that suggest you should be trying to do something else with the ball? Apparently not. Greivis Vasquez hit the team's lone three-pointer on the night, though he was 1 for 9 on the night. Eric Hayes was 0 for 3. Milbourne missed one. So did Mosley. Their shooting from the field wasn't much better (35.6 percent).

2) Turnovers. Williams also pointed out his team missed out on a lot of scoring opportunities because it was too busy giving the ball back to Morgan State. The Terps recorded 21 turnovers on the night. Adrian Bowie had six. Hayes, Neal and Dino Gregory had three each. Vasquez, who had two turnovers, said he felt his play was sloppy tonight. He may as well have been speaking for his entire team.

3) Lack of effort. This Williams quote says it all:

"The one thing about pressure defense, you really get exposed when you’re not working hard," he said. "The press is one thing, but after we scored a couple times, they just threw it to half-court and went down and scored against us, whether we were pressing or not pressing. We weren’t getting back at all."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 7, 2009; 11:30 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

OUCH...this is more embarrassing than the AU loss IMO. I thought for sure the Terps had a leg up from last year, as they would go into ACC play knowing they won all the "practice" games. Can any good come out of this loss? These losses to these inferior schools might be showing how lacksidasical recruiting is pushing the program back.

Posted by: Trippey | January 8, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

'Inferior school'? In size, perhaps, but not its basketball team. Morgan State clearly was much the better team last night, outplaying our Terps in all phases of the game. The bigger consideration is the Terps' awful shooting. In one short stretch, I counted nine or ten missed shots from beneath the basket. Earlier predictions that MD would appear last in the ACC by season's end now appear prescient.

Posted by: AncientTerp | January 8, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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