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Terps shoot well from beyond the arc against WSSU

Maryland made nine three-pointers Tuesday night during the first half of a 43-point win over Winston-Salem State. That’s two more than the Terrapins made total against Eastern Kentucky, and the same amount as they made total against Villanova. Maryland added three more buckets from beyond the arc in the second half against the Rams to finish 12 of 18 (66.7 percent) from beyond the arc. The 12 made attempts from three-point range was a season-high.

With just less than three minutes remaining in the first half, Winston-Salem State tied the game at 12 on a three-pointer by Shelton Carter. Maryland proceeded to go on a 9-2, collecting three-pointers from guards Cliff Tucker, Adrian Bowie and Greivis Vasquez.

Although a majority of the long-range makes came in the first half, Coach Gary Williams said he appreciated the three-point attempts his squad made after the intermission even more.

“The threes in the second half were good threes,” Williams said. “In other words, it was probing the defense and the ball would come back out and swing it and there it was, you know, because they had reacted to what we did by getting the ball inside, so that opens up the perimeter guy. We found him in the second half.”

Maryland made three of four attempts from beyond the arc after the break. Whether the three-point attempts were good or not, most of them went in against the Rams, and several players noted the adjustment that forced the opposing defense to make.

“If they back up off you and you can’t knock down a shot, they’re going to continue to do that,” said Bowie, who shot 3 of 5 from three-point range Tuesday. “But if you make a couple, one or two, then they have to come out and respect your shot.”

Maryland is shooting 39.9 percent from three-point range on the season.

By Steve Yanda  |  December 23, 2009; 8:32 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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