Maryland makes effort to feed Jordan Williams in post
Maryland freshman forward Jordan Williams is somewhat difficult to miss, seeing as he's 6 feet 10 and all, but the Terrapins left Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday feeling as though they had not tried to get the ball inside to him in the post often enough. Granted, the Blue Devils were shielding off Williams with Brian Zoubek (7-1), Lance Thomas (6-8), Miles Plumlee (6-10) and Mason Plumlee (6-10), so it wasn't as though Maryland was ignoring a wide-open target or anything.
On Monday night, though, against a Virginia squad that did not possess anywhere near the size Duke did, the Terrapins made a concerted effort to get Williams the ball inside and let him do the rest. Williams finished with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 11 rebounds, marking his fourth double-double of the season.
"A player like Jordan that plays in close, we have to get him the ball," Coach Gary Williams said. "I didn't think we did a great job Saturday of getting him the ball, and tonight he got the ball, which was good. He got the ball in positions where he scores. The thing with Jordan right now, what he does best is he's persistent, because he's going to miss some shots in there that I think he'll make as his career goes on, but he stays after it, and that way he gets a second shot, he gets a third shot sometimes. The players kid him about getting offensive rebounds that way, but whatever it takes to score it's okay."
Three of Jordan Williams's rebounds came on the offensive glass, and Maryland earned a 19-10 advantage in second chance points on the night. The Terrapins, in fact, controlled the rebounding battle on both ends of the ourt, tallying a 42-28 edge on the boards.
Jordan Williams, who continues to perform consistently well during his first ACC campaign, said he felt the Maryland post players had not performed up to their standard at Duke and that he took it upon himself to ensure that didn't happen a second straight game. Jordan Williams tallied six points and seven rebounds against the Blue Devils.
"Losing like we did at Duke, we haven't experienced that all year, so it was tough for us to experience that," Jordan Williams said. "My competitiveness came out of me. I was really upset at the play of the big men down at Duke. I took that personally. So tonight I wanted to come out and play strong and show my teammates that I could come back from a bad game and play good."
February 16, 2010; 10:13 AM ET
Categories: Men's basketball
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