Mosley shoulders heavy offensive load
The offensive progression of sophomore guard Sean Mosley continued in Sunday night's loss to Villanova, as the Baltimore native tallied a game-high 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting. On the season, Mosley is leading the team in scoring (14.8 points per game), field goal shooting percentage (64.3 percent) and playing time (31.9 minutes per game). And while Coach Gary Williams appreciates all of that production, he said after the game Sunday night that it is Mosley's entire body of work that makes him so valuable.
"Sean Mosley is one of those guys that is great to have on a team because of how hard he goes," Williams said. On Sunday, "he really shot it well, but even without shooting the ball well he does so many things that he really helps your team."
Indeed, Mosley also recored five rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals against Villanova. He ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.3 per game) and assists (3.5 per game), and is tied for the team lead in steals (14).
During a first half Sunday night in which not a whole lot went right for the Terrapins, it was the offensive efforts of Mosley and freshman forward Jordan Williams that ensured Villanova did not enter halftime with more than an 11-point lead. They were the only Maryland players to make more than one shot from the field in the opening period, and they scored a combined 22 points before the break.
Mosley, in fact, made all five of his shots in the first half and was nearly as efficient after the intermission. It wasn't merely that Mosley effectively carried the Terrapins on his back for stretches during last night's game; it was that he realized his team needed him to do so and embraced such an opportunity.
"He was really looking for his shot," Gary Williams said. "In other words, against a good team like Villanova you don't get open for long, and every time he was open it seemed like he was getting the shot off before they could react to him. It was the same problem we were having down on the other end. He saw his opportunities and did a great job."
The problem for Maryland, Williams pointed out, was that the Terrapins had to shoot well because they weren't pulling down too many offensive rebounds. Maryland shot 52.8 percent on the night.
"I feel as though I know I can get my shots in the offense, and I feel as though my teammates have a lot of trust in me, just finding me when I’m wide open," Mosley said. "Coach said if you’re open take the shot, and I’m not second guessing myself like I was doing last year. I feel as though I played great today, but at the end of the day we lost so it really doesn’t mean nothing to me."
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