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."
February 2, 2010; 10:23 AM ET
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