Terrapins find offensive groove in second half against Seminoles
For Maryland, the first half of Thursday night's game against Florida State was merely a continuation of the struggles the Terrapins incurred Sunday in a nine-point loss at Clemson. They couldn't shoot (38.7 percent), they couldn't control the ball (seven turnovers) and they couldn't find a way to run their offense efficiently (25 points).
At halftime, Coach Gary Williams said he talked to his players about "playing to the level that we can," and by that he meant that regardless of how tough a defense Florida State possessed, the Terrapins simply had to focus harder on running their offense more crisply.
The message appeared to have been well received, as Maryland opened the second half on an 18-7 run that erased a four-point halftime deficit and provide the Terrapins a seven-point lead.
Eric Hayes shot 3 of 4 from the field in the second half. Landon Milbourne shot 4 of 6 and Jordan Williams shot 4 of 4 after the break. The Terrapins shot 46.7 percent after halftime.
More than that, Maryland's efficiency in its half-court sets afford it a patient confidence that helped keep Florida State at bay in the closing minutes of the game.
"That's something that we tried to adjust from the first half," Milbourne said. "In the first half, we didn't really go with that plan. We tried to rush a little bit. We didn't run our plays as well, and as a result we only scored about 26 points, so you know, we realized that and we came out in the second half and trusted in our plays and we run everything through and got open shots and the scoring started coming a little bit easier. Our defense was already there. We just had to pick it up on offense, and we did that."
February 5, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
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