Maryland discards Longwood, 106-55
You can be forgiven if you were at tonight's game and left at halftime. Or midway through the first half. Or after the first media timeout. Maryland dominated Longwood from start to finish. It's the outcome that should have been expected, but it is just as important that the Terrapins actually carried through and did what they were supposed to do.
Sean Mosley led six Maryland players who scored in double figures with 21 points on 8-for-8 shooting. Jordan Williams recorded a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Hayes tallied 10 points and dished out six assists.
But one of the benefits to such a lop-sided affair, though, is that observations can be made of players outside the starting lineup. Reserves Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker, Dino Gregory and James Padgett each played at least 20 minutes, and for the most part, they all performed well.
"I was pleased that we got off to a good start," Coach Gary Williams said. "We didn’t let it get sloppy after we got the lead. We were able to do different combinations, work on our zone, do some different things and not have to press in the second half. All those things helped us tonight."
1) Sean Mosley. The sophomore guard said he spent some extra time in the gym working on his shot Sunday night, and it sure appeared to pay off against the Lancers. Mosley shot 8 for 8 from the field to finish with a team-high 21 points and to boost his field goal shooting percentage on the season to 61.0 percent. Mosley had struggled offensively the past few games, though he continued to contribute in other facets of the game, be it rebounding or playing solid defense. It would bode well for the Terrapins if his offensive struggles are now behind him.
2) Jordan Williams and James Padgett teaming up in the frontcourt. Padgett played 20 minutes -- far more than his typical alottment -- and joined Williams in the frontcourt for a good chunk of the second half. Those two don't team up much, even in practice where they often are on separate teams, so Maryland fans got a rare look at what their team's starting frontcourt might consist of down the road. Padgett tallied 10 points and seven rebounds, while Williams tallied his second double-double of the season.
3) Eric Hayes. Sure, he only took four shots, and yeah, his 10 points were gathered awful quietly, but such is his typical manner. What stood out about Hayes tonight was the vigor with which he began the game and the way he distributed the ball during his 21 minutes on the court. Hayes sank two free throws in the opening minutes of the game, then grabbed a steal on the ensuing Longwood in-bound play, then threw a pass that was intercepted, then raced down court and blocked a lay-up attempt by Longwood guard Kevin Swecker. He and the entire Maryland team played with notable energy from the opening tip. Hayes finished with six assists, which moved him past Johnny Rhodes and into ninth place on the program's all-time career assists list. He now has 438.
Three One Down:
1) The two youth teams that played at halftime weren't allowed to stick around and play during the second half. Did anyone see that kid's buzzer-beater? Might have been the most exciting moment of the night.
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