Those Familiar Rims
It would appear that extra 25-minute shooting session the Terps participated in on Martin Luther King Jr. Day really paid off. After a two-game road trip in which the team struggling mightily to find its collective stroke, Maryland returned to the familiar confines of Comcast Center last night and shot masterfully.
The Terps shot 53.7 percent (29 for 54) from the field and 50.0 percent (5 for 10) from three-point range last night against Virginia. Landon Milbourne, who finished with 17 points, shot 5 for 9 from the field. Adrian Bowie also tallied 17 points and shot 6 for 11 from the field.
Perhaps the most surprising offensive performance came from reserve forward Dino Gregory, who recorded eight points on 4 for 5 shooting. Gregory received extra playing time due to the extended absence during the middle of the game of Dave Neal, who was in the locker room being treated for the gash above his left eye.
One possible reason for Maryland's shot-making efficiency last night is that the team did not fall in love with long-range attempts. The Terps are a streaky bunch when it comes to shooting, and they have a habit of thinking they can bail themselves out of jams with continued three-point attempts, even on nights when their number of misses would indicate otherwise.
Last night, however, Maryland was judicious in its shot selection from beyond the arc. The Terps took 10 three-point attempts (and six of those came from junior guard Eric Hayes). The "less-is-more" attitude might serve Maryland best in the future when it comes to outside shooting.
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