Familiar Occurence Hurts Terps
For an instant, it appeared Maryland would get off to a promising start to the second half last night. Landon Milbourne made up for a Dave Neal turnover by blocking the shot attempt of Wake Forest guard L.D. Williams. The Terps had ended the first half with a dramatic three-pointer by Neal as time expired, and with Milbourne's swat, it appeared the momentum had carried over.
But Maryland could not corral the ball. Instead, Wake Forest forward Al-Farouq Aminu grabbed it and scored shortly thereafter. It was just one example of a multitude of second chance opportunities the Terps afforded the Demon Deacons, which began to flaunt its superior height advantage as the night progressed.
"We were undersized and we knew that," Neal said. "Coach (Gary) Williams said at the beginning of the game, 'It’s going to be a rebounding battle. It’s going to have to be a team effort on the rebounding end.' They did an extremely good job exploiting our weakness. They were relentless on the boards. That’s what they do. They take some tough shots, but they know they’ve got three huge guys coming down the middle of the lane, trying to funnel the ball back into the rim."
Wake Forest outrebounded Maryland, 50-32, and outscored the Terps in second chance points, 20-6.
Allowing its opponents abundant second chance scoring opportunities has afflicted Maryland for most of the season. It's a subject Williams frequently has brought up as a point of consternation.
Williams was asked after the game how his team was affected by making defensive stops on first and second attempts, only to see its effort be nullified by an inability to secure the ball.
"Well, we're used to it," Williams said. "You fight through it and you hope that you can play defense on that third attempt. You know, they have some outstanding big players, not just because they're 6-9, but because they have tremendous agility with that size.You don't run into many people that can move like that at that size."
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