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More on Mosley's big night

Sophomore guard Sean Mosley made his first three shots Wednesday night during Maryland's nine-point victory over Clemson. And all three of those shots came in the first two minutes of the game. Mosley added a pair of free throws, and by the first media timeout -- called for with 15:13 remaining in the first half -- he had registered more points (nine) than he had in any of Maryland's previous seven games.

Mosley had struggled offensively in recent weeks, but last night against Clemson it was like transporting back in time to a Maryland game three months ago when Mosley was one of the most consistent scorers on the team. After scoring in double figures in 11 of Maryland's 13 nonconference games, Mosley had done so just twice in ACC play entering Wednesday night. He was averaging 6.2 points per game in conferece play.

But against Clemson, Mosley re-found his stroke. He shot 6 for 8 from the field and finished with a game-high 20 points. He made 2 of 3 shots from beyond the arc and was Maryland's most frequent visitor to the free throw line (6 for 7). His offensive efforts -- as well as those of senior guard Eric Hayes -- were one of the primary reasons why Maryland trailed by just nine points at the break.

"It’s a matter of us getting him the ball and him being aggressive," Coach Gary Williams said. "Tonight, he was very aggressive right from the very start, not just in terms of shooting the ball, but going after it. When you have an opportunity to score, you have to take advantage of it, and that’s what Sean did early on. You know, that really helped him all night."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 25, 2010; 10:21 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Kudos to Yanda Prisbell and Bonesteel for the steady stream of Terp posts.

38 points against Clemson in the first half is pretty impressive. 50 in the second half even more so. Yes, I've already mentioned that 88 points is more than Clemson has given up this year to anyone (next highest - 75) so heading into VT the emphasis has to be on defense, rebounding (I thought Clemson's margin would be much higher given all the second and third chances they got) and FT shooting. EH missed two? JW makes the following two but then misses his next two? Its harder to hit FTs in an hostile environment (and lets face it, Comcast has to be one of the hardest places in the country for visitors to hit 2nd half FTs).

Lost in all this is the great bench play we saw beyond CT. JP, DG, & AB contributed well in the minutes they played. Maybe not a lot of points from that lot, but we did score 88. 50 points frm SM + GV + EH. That is a winning combination no matter how the points are sliced among them.

This is turning out to be one fun season.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 25, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

HGR, did you really feel like Adrian Bowie contributed a lot last night? I was a bit surprised at just how quiet his game was, the past two games he has hit some big shots, but I just felt like he did not do a whole lot last night. Dino and Padgett played well, but other than that big three from Tucker, I thought he played poorly. On the defensive end he looked lost in the second half and on the offensive end he dribbled into double teams like three times.

I guess it doesn't really matter since we picked up the W, but I just want to see them play better because this is a great MD team to watch and can be a tough opponent for teams when we are firing on all cylinders

Posted by: jnolan11 | February 25, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

It'll be interesting to see Tuckers game next year when he'll have more opportunities to create. It seems, when he's set on it, he has no problem getting to the basket and elevating. His progression will be key to our season next year. But enough about last year....who's going to Blacksburg?

Posted by: fushezzi | February 25, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Enough about NEXT year

Posted by: fushezzi | February 25, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

HGR, did you really feel like Adrian Bowie contributed a lot last night?

Posted by: jnolan11 | February 25, 2010 11:16 AM

jnolan -

AB had a couple of key rebounds and officially only had one turnover - also sent a couple of clemson passes out of bounds. For five minutes of spelling the starters, I think he did fine. Not the instant offense scoring that we have seen him deliver in the past, but fine. I think your further comments were directed at CT, who I agree looked a bit lost at times, but still ended up with 8 points. Both AB and CT seem interchangeable - both kinda combine to play the Drew Nicholas role on the team. Having both is a nice luxury. The bench was solid, not outstanding. DG's shot seemed off, but JP acquitted himself well in the minutes he played. In all seriousness - the lax perimeter D during the first half was the starters. CT and AB were actually the primary defenders on a few of the shots that did not fall. It could be that the starters were quick to collapse on Clemson's bigs (as was the game plan) and the reserves didn't execute to the game plan. We got the win, which is all that really matters.

Fushezzi - I've been to Blacksburg and if I never go again, I still won't miss it. Nice school, with nice people. Oddly, would have no problem going to Morgantown, life permitting.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 25, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

You and me?

Posted by: Barno1 | February 25, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Isn't blacksburg like an 8 hour drive? bring home a win boys

Posted by: jpfterps | February 25, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I will be present in Blacksburg. Driving over from Nashville. GO TERPS

Posted by: musicturtle | February 25, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting, when SM scored 11 quick points I thought to myself, no way the Terps lose, they have already gotten the points from a source other than the big three, meaning GV, EH and JW. Then it seemed I would be wrong but they stayed the course and Sean came up in in the second half as well. Also of note, they played far better defense once the press was off.

Posted by: musicturtle | February 25, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

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