Charlotte sure wasn't shy out of the gates yesterday. The 49ers lofted up 14 shots from beyond the arc in the first half against the Terps. And they connected on seven of them. Their audacity was not surprising -- Charlotte attempted 28 three-pointers in its most recent outing prior to Saturday -- but their accuracy sure was.
In any event, Maryland -- much to the chagrin of its coach -- contracted Charlotte's thee-point shooting bug and fired 12 shots of its own from beyond the arc in the first half. Gary Williams implied afterward that his team devoted more attention in the game's early stages to connecting from long range than to playing lock-down defense along the perimeter at the other end of the court.
Fortunately for the Terps, their defensive focus and intensity soon returned, even though its tendency to fire away from beyond the arc never cooled. But that didn't end up being such a bad thing after all.
Maryland shot 40.9 percent (9-for-22) from three-point range on Saturday. Junior guard Greivis Vasquez went 4-for-11 from long range. Junior guard Eric Hayes made 2-of-4. Reserve guards Sean Mosley and Cliff Tucker combined to go 3-for-3.
"There's a lot of ways to play, and if that's our strength this year, that's okay; we'll shoot threes," Williams said. "But I think the key thing is, you have to put the threat into the other team that you can take the ball to the basket somehow, whether it's throwing the ball into the post or driving the ball into the lane.
"We want to be a well-rounded team. You don't want to just depend on threes as a way to score, so hopefully our defense will continue to break some things loose and we're able to run good enough offense where we can make shots besides threes."
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