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Bench play helps Terps wear down Rams

Even during the first half Tuesday night when Winston-Salem State was hanging close to Maryland, you got the sense that eventually the Terrapins were going to pull away for at least a 20-point win. Maybe you didn't see a 43-point win coming, but it seemed inevitable that a team like Maryland at some point would begin to pull away from a team like the Rams. As Coach Gary Williams said afterward, Winston-Salem State is the kind of team you can gradually wear down.

And that's exactly what the Terrapins did, in large part due to significant contributions from several bench players. Junior guards Cliff Tucker and Adrian Bowie combined to shoot 8 of 10 from the field and tally 22 points. Freshmen forwards Jordan Williams and James Padgett combined for 19 points and 10 rebounds. In all, Maryland's bench outscored WSSU's bench, 41-14.

"I thought coming out in the second half we did a good job of using our whole team, you know, getting guys in there, and everybody that went in there played hard really," Gary Williams said.

At a few different points earlier in the season, players called out the play of the team's reserves, stating the team needed solid bench production if it was going to fare well once ACC play began. Tuesday's performance was a promising indicator of the potential depth Maryland can bring off the bench.

"In the first half, Cliff Tucker got in the game and took his shots," Gary Williams said. "I think he was on balance. He took really good shots. It was great to see. Adrian Bowie hit a couple of big shots for us, which was great for Adrian. And, you know, Jordan Williams and James Padgett, they’re working hard. They’re just works in progress."

By Steve Yanda  |  December 23, 2009; 2:40 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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