Pointing toward points in the paint
Winston-Salem State out-rebounded and outscored Maryland in points in the paint during the first half Tuesday night, facts that were as shocking to the Terrapins as they were everyone in attendance at Comcast Center.
The Rams entered the contest with a -5.1 rebounding margin and one of their top rebounders, junior forward McIntoche Alcius, did not play. Still, at halftime Winston-Salem State had tallied more rebounds (19-14) and more points in the paint (18-8) than had Maryland.
"We had to take advantage of our size," freshman forward Jordan Williams said. "They had a couple big players, but we knew we were more talented down low in the paint, so we wanted to take advantage of that."
Maryland Coach Gary Williams said getting more scoring production in the post was a point of emphasis during his halftime talk with the team. The Terrapins had shot the ball fairly well in the first half (48.4 percent), but Gary Williams wanted to have the ball fed inside on a more consistent basis, rather than have his players settle for jump shots.
"I thought we were a little quick," Gary Williams said. "It happens in those games where you get a little jump shot happy. I mean, jump shots are fine as long as you look inside first. You want to play inside-out. Most good teams play inside-out. Like, if you can get the ball into the paint, why not? We can score in there. We score a lot more points when we get the ball into the paint. Whether we kick it out for the shot or score right from there, we just seem to score more points once the ball gets inside."
Maryland turned the tide in the second half, out-rebounding the Rams, 25-17, and out-scoring them in points in the paint, 22-14. Jordan Williams scored all 12 of his points and pulled down seven of his eight rebounds after the break. Fellow freshman forward James Padgett scored all seven of his points in the second half, as well.
December 23, 2009; 12:35 PM ET
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