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For Bowie, confidence boost as simple as one shot

Junior guard Adrian Bowie said Tuesday night following Maryland's win over Winston-Salem State that all he needed was one push in a positive direction to get back into the flow of things. Confidence can be a fickle form of sustinence, and sometimes all a player needs to break out of a slump is for one shot to go in.

"When I knocked down the first shot, everything just started to feel a lot better for me," said Bowie, who finished with nine points on 3 of 5 shooting from beyond the arc. "I went on from there."

Bowie entered the game in a bit of an offensive rut, evident by the fact that even after Tuesday night's perfomance he is shooting 34.1 percent from the field and 21.1 percent from three-point range on the season.

But Bowie said he took a step toward restoring confidence in his shot simply being seeing it come through for him in a game.

"He’s been shooting like that in practice," Coach Gary Williams said. "It’s not been a problem in practice. You know, I want him to take those shots. You have to make people play you for the offense to really work well. Everybody out there knows when they’re open, so you have to take them if you’re open."

With a little more swagger now in his step, Bowie is more likely to carry out that objective.

By Steve Yanda  |  December 24, 2009; 10:19 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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