Terrapins control final eight minutes against EKU
Eastern Kentucky hung around far longer than Maryland expected on Saturday. The Colonels put together a little 5-0 run to tie the score at 60 heading into a media timeout with just less than eight minutes remaining. Following that timeout, though, Maryland took charge and did not relent in its 83-72 win, displaying a level of defensive aggressiveness previously unseen from the Terrapins that day at Comcast Center.
“We let up a lot this game,” sophomore guard Sean Mosley said. “We took some plays off down the stretch, you know, we had some missed layups and missed wide-open shots that we usually make. And, you know, they came back and hit a three or, you know, they got a layup. Once it was 60-60, you know, it was just who going to stop who, and I think, you know, we showed that we were the stronger team out here on defense today, and I think we did a great job down the stretch.”
The Colonels made four of the 12 shots (33.3 percent) they attempted from the field in the final eight minutes. Comparatively, they shot 46.6 percent on the night. Several Maryland players said it was simply a matter of them “clamping down” on defense, of being more focused on denying their man a pass or an open look.
Whatever ignited the change in defensive approach, it seemed to pay dividends for the Terrapins on both ends of the court. More Eastern Kentucky misses led to more fast-break opportunities for Maryland, and that led to more easy transition buckets.
The Terrapins outscored the Colonels, 23-12, following the media timeout with 7:51 to play. Mosley and senior guard Greivis Vasquez each tallied eight points during that span.
“We started to be more aggressive defensively,” Vasquez said. “We started to get rebounds. One thing we're not doing well that we used to do a lot last year is just getting the rebound and running. We don't do anything transition offense. We don't do any fast breaks like we used to do. We're a quick team. We should be able to, you know, score really quickly like UNC does. You score and step the ball in bounds and just run. We got to get to that, but we have to play defense and we have to rebound better.”
December 14, 2009; 12:35 PM ET
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