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Terps remain competitive despite off shooting night

Following Sunday's nine-point loss at Clemson, in which the list of maladies that contributed to Maryland's defeat was lengthy, Terrapins Coach Gary Williams was asked for some of the positives that he would take out of the game. The first one that came to mind: "We stayed in the game when we didn't shoot the ball."

Indeed, Maryland shot 34.6 percent from the field and 20 percent from three-point range against Clemson. The Terrapins entered the night as arguably the ACC's hottest-shooting team, and yet that faucet of their game simply refused to activate on Sunday. Senior forward Landon Milbourne shot 1 for 8. Senior guard Greivis Vasquez shot 3 for 11. Junior reserve guards Adrian Bowie and Cliff Tucker shot a combined 1 for 9.

And still, the contest remained close until the end thanks in large part to Maryland's defensive effort. The Terrapins tallied 10 steals -- led by sophomore guard Sean Mosley, who recorded four -- and forced Clemson to commit 21 turnovers. Such an accomplishment would serve as a larger point of pride were it not for Maryland's own spate of turnovers.

"I thought – like a lot of people thought, probably – that we had to shoot the ball pretty well to be in the game against a pretty good team," Williams said. "We didn’t shoot the ball at all like we’d been shooting it, and we were still there at the end of the game with a chance, so that part was good. But just in terms of getting beat to the ball, you know, all those little hustle plays was where Clemson had the edge today. We were doing those things before today."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 2, 2010; 10:23 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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They played terribly. Time to move on.

Any covereage of National Signing Day?? Not that there's much to cover...

Posted by: SirPelleas | February 2, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

To Gary's point, the Terp's were taken out of their offensive rhythm by Clemson's press and getting shoved around and bumped on every possession. Not saying the refs didn't call a fair game, I am just saying that the Terp's can't let that junk take them out of their flow.

The thing that stood out to me is that the Terp's broke the press pretty easy most of the time but then didn't run their flex offense after they got over half court. Gary will fix that or if not we are in for the wrong side of the bubble.

Posted by: lavar609 | February 2, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

While this game was frustrating to watch after the way this team has performed as of late, I am truly excited about this squad. Everyone is going to have an off night and Gary's right in that the team was really off both in their shooting and passing...just not clicking.

But this team has the make-up to bounce back, play competitively against anyone, and perform well in the ACC and head into the tourney with some strong play, stong players, a unified team, and a great coach.

Good things can happen with this squad- you just sense it.

Posted by: BigDeck | February 3, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

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