Mosley The Energizer Bunny
With just more than 18 minutes remaining in Saturday night's win over Miami, Maryland freshman guard Sean Mosley fed forward Dino Gregory for a fast break dunk. On the Terps' next possession, Mosley attempted a similar pass to guard Adrian Bowie for a lay-up, but the ball was intercepted. Miami's Jack McClinton scored at the other end to pull the Hurricanes to within one point of the lead.
It was at that point that forward Landon Milbourne witnessed Mosley's advanced maturity. Maryland had not proven too adept at maintaining second-half leads and turnovers were easy ways for Miami to hang around. Mosley, who had started his second game of the season that night and his first since late November, had made a costly mistake.
"It's like, 'Oh man, he gave the ball away,'" Milbourne said. "And then the next thing you know he got a charge on the guy that got the ball, so that's just how he is. He never stops. He might mess up, but he got the ball right back for us. That's just the type of player he is. He brings that intensity, and he really takes pride in his defense. That's good. We need that."
Indeed, Mosley took a charge from Miami guard Lance Hurdle 48 seconds after committing his turnover. Greivis Vasquez sank a three-pointer on the Terps' ensuing offensive possession to put Maryland up by five.
"He just brings so much intensity on the defensive end," Milbourne said. "Sean is one of those guys who never stops playing hard, no matter what."
According to Gary Williams, Mosley's impact on the team Saturday night was not limited to his actions on the court. His mere presence in the starting lineup, Williams said, lessened a burden on another Maryland guard.
"Mosley, he just played like he plays," Williams said. "I didn't think he did anything that differently, but what it did, it allowed Eric Hayes to play better, I think. (Mosley) being able to start helped Eric Hayes. I think that was the biggest impact of Mosley starting. Yeah, (Hayes) went in the game and just played. I thought Eric was aggressive. I think that's the most aggressive he's been in a while."
Mosley and Hayes each scored eight points against Miami. Mosley, who played 29 minutes, also tallied three assists and three rebounds and also was crucial to Maryland's defensive efforts, specifically in the half- and full-court press. Hayes shot 3 for 8 from the field, including 2 for 4 from three-point range, in 22 minutes of action.
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