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Maryland takes group approach to the boards

Holding on to a six-point lead with just more than three minutes remaining Sunday against Florida State, Maryland embarked on an offensive possession that lasted 49 seconds and helped demonstrate exactly how the Terrapins ended up winning the rebounding battle, 40-34.

Junior forward Dino Gregory missed a jumper, but grabbed his own rebound. Senior forward Landon Milbourne proceeded to have his shot blocked by Seminoles center Solomon Alabi, but sophomore guard Sean Mosley snared another offensive rebound. Mosley then sent a pass to senior guard Greivis Vasquez, who drained a three-pointer to put the Terrapins up by nine.

Maryland outrebounded Florida State on the offensive glass, 17-13, despite the fact the Seminoles owned a considerable size advantage.

"It was just a matter of us moving around and not standing still and just trying to go after every single ball," said Milbourne, who finished with seven rebounds. "Not necessarily thinking you can get every single ball, but at least affect it so that they can't get it and try to tip it around or do whatever we can to get that rock, and we got it."

Later tonight, Maryland will face another opponent -- Wake Forest -- that possesses a considerable size advantage, but now that the Terrapins have laid a blueprint this season for rebounding success, such a fact becomes less daunting.

Freshman forward Jordan Williams tallied seven rebounds on Sunday. Mosley had five. Reserve forwards Dino Gregory and James Padgett grabbed four rebounds each.

Maryland Coach Gary Williams praised the Terrapins' teamwide effort on the boards and attributed some of their rebounding success to the fact that Florida State possesses such prolific shot blockers. The Seminoles entered the game as the ACC leader in blocked shots.

"When you play against a shot-blocking team, the person that blocks the shot usually comes off his man and blocks somebody else shooting, so if that player goes to the glass you've got a chance to get some offensive rebounds," Williams said. "And I thought we did a good job there."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 12, 2010; 8:41 AM ET
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Unexpected. The rebounding margin, I mean. Also the tips to other teammates. We'll see whetehr its sustainable tonight. Any predictions? Since I admit to being a shameless homer, I call it 82-69 Terps. Hope the lack of time forces them to execute a similar game plan to Sunday's.

Posted by: HughGRection | January 12, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

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