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Cooley's equation for a blowout

By the time Tuesday night’s 29-point Maryland win was complete, Fairfield Coach Ed Cooley had figured out all the components of the equation that doomed his squad.

“Twenty-five turnovers, that’s the game,” said Cooley, who formerly served as an assistant under Al Skinner at Boston College. “You’ve got to credit Maryland. They had a lot of run-outs and made some timely threes. They had 16 offensive rebounds. Offensive rebounds, turnovers on the road for an inexperienced team equals blowout.”

Yep, that sounds about right. Maryland Coach Gary Williams said the Terrapins’ defense kept them in the game early on last night when the offense was lagging. Fairfield struggled – as most teams do – to handle Maryland’s variety of presses and turned the ball over five times in its first six possessions. The Stags’ plethora of turnovers led to an abundance of Maryland transition points, which is not an ideal source of sustenance but one that will do for now.

Also encouraging for the Terrapins was that they won the rebounding battle, 41-36, despite missing three of its frontcourt options. Senior forward Landon Milbourne led the way with eight rebounds, while freshmen forwards James Padgett (seven) and Jordan Williams (five) did their part as well. Milbourne and Padgett combined to pull down nine of Maryland’s 16 offensive rebounds.

It was a rougher go for Padgett and Jordan Williams in their second collegiate game. Both seemed perplexed at times by Fairfield’s defensive strategy of switching frequently between zone and man-to-man defense, though Padgett was able to use his quickness to compensate. The freshmen duo combined for 12 points and 12 rebounds, still a serviceable performance to say the least.

As the game progressed, Maryland appeared simply to wear Fairfield down. The Stags shot 19.2 percent from the field in the second half. The Terrapins, on the other hand, improved their shooting both from the field (45.5 percent) and from three-point range (40 percent) after halftime.

“I'm pleased with the effort that we made tonight,” Gary Williams said. “We had a lot of guys that had to play a little different positions at times, but that's okay. We have to adjust to that. I was pleased overall that we were able to get it back offensively a little bit as the game went on.”

By Steve Yanda  |  November 18, 2009; 1:02 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Nice set of posts about an early season, low significance game. I particularly liked to read about Hayes' eventual recognition of the zone-to-matchup tactic by Fairfield. I wonder if its good that he eventually recognized that for himself, or is that something the coaching staff should have pointed out sooner.

Posted by: delrayAlex | November 18, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Steve, how about some props for the game Mosely played last night. No mention of him in the article. No mention of his 7 (I think) rebounds in this post. He was actually playing the 4 a bit last night.

Posted by: ICBomber | November 18, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain what was wrong with Cooley's head?

Posted by: MDFan | November 18, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Agree with the posts from earlier on the hatred some express towards GV. There is such a thing as a great COLLEGE basketball player versus a great pro player in the (yaaaawwwnnn) NBA. GV is a great college player in (duh!) the college game - his post-season accolades validate that. It would be nice if he was drafted and had a great pro career, but since I do not have the patience to sit through an NBA game, it is less important to me. Trust me, the Bullets winning the NBA championship in 1978 does not compare to the Terps in 2002 and is not in the same order of magnitude. And I would rather have the 2002 championship then have Blake, Dixon, Baxter and Wilcox be NBA champions or all-stars. The NCAA championship is the MOST important and elusive of sports titles - even the Redskins Super Bowls do not comapre in my book (maybe b/c there were three of them so their value is diluted a bit but I think multiple NCAA titles a la Duke and UNC are actually accretive).

Agree with Barno on his previous post as well. It is a lot better to win big against the eraly-season scrubs when your team is not playing its a-game then to lose to them. btw - thanks Barno for bringing up some painful memories.

Most important thing, we need our bigs at full strength com February/March. Dino's issues need to be resolved and Goins needs to heal to the point of being able to contribute.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | November 18, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain what was wrong with Cooley's head?

Posted by: MDFan | November 18, 2009 3:21 PM

Not sure but I was glad the students weren't yelling at him about it. There was enough other material with him sarcastically yelling "Welcome to America" to one of his own players in the first half.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 18, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Good work Steve. I really appreciate the coverage so far.

Posted by: lavar609 | November 19, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

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