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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.

By Steve Yanda  |  December 23, 2009; 12:35 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Hey everyone, I guess our "BIG" win over Indiana isn't gonna look as "BIG" come tournament selection time considering Indiana lost Loyola MD yesterday.

Oh well. We still have our big out of conference wins against................Oh wait.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | December 23, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Poopy,

Don't you realize that everyone want s you to stop posting and just go away?

Loyola is a great team! :)

Posted by: petecard | December 23, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Poopy - So I guess when Florida loses to South Alabama, who is actually a decent team that a lot of people don't know about, Syracuse will have that loss count against them?

Honestly, how much do you know about the MAAC and the teams in there? did you know that Siena is in that conference and since Patsos has come there, they have been competing for a league championship every season? And don't forget about Niagara and Manhattan who is in the same league too. Get some facts or if you're going to have an opinion, have something to back it up.

The win doesn't look that great now and it probably won't be that great but we won the game and that's all that matters. It's how you finish, not how you start. Ask the Clemsons of years past about that.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | December 23, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

DieHard,

Nice response.

Poop, If you think MD will suck this year, then go ahead and say it. And some predictions would be nice. Come on, dude. Grow a pair and give us some predictions for MD B-ball this season.

Your buddies Pete-Hoops already have. I'm calling for 3 to 5 in the conference with 10 conference wins. I think Pete-Hoops are calling for 5 to 7 in the conference which would put them squarely on the bubble. We all agree that this year's team should not be on the bubble.

Posted by: larry31 | December 23, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey whadda know, I see the fake underscore Poopy is back.

Don't be fooled people, the real deal hyphen Poop is and will always be here.

Posted by: Poopy-McPoop | December 24, 2009 1:02 AM | Report abuse

This board gives me headaches. Real poopy's....fake poopy's....petecard/reston hoops....

Can we all just agree that this team shouldn't be a bubble team. It has too much talent. We have lost a few games I felt we should have won (at the time) such as Cincinatti, Wisconsin. The reality is early in the season you don't really know what teams like those are capable of yet.

Let's withhold all the exceeding pessimism and optimism until ACC play starts. Then it's open season, one way or the other.

Posted by: fushezzi | December 24, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

This will surpise a lot of people, but I'm with you Fushezzi.

We are all hoping the Terps won't be a bubble team.

Let's hope Santa brings us a stocking-full of ACC wins that carry us to the Regionals (and beyond?)!

Merry, Merry everyone.

Posted by: petecard | December 24, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Poop, If you think MD will suck this year, then go ahead and say it. And some predictions would be nice. Come on, dude. Grow a pair and give us some predictions for MD B-ball this season.
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I predict a 5-11 acc record and NIT 2nd round loss.

Posted by: Poopy-McPoop | December 24, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

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