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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."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 5, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Gary can't recruit!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 5, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

But he can coach!

Posted by: petecard | February 5, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

What if he could do both?

We would be "ELITE!"

Posted by: petecard | February 5, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Burma Shave

Posted by: petecard | February 5, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Nice road win by the Terps last night. Gotta give it to Gary...rallied the troops at the half and they responded. Cannot wait to see if the Terps keep getting stronger as the season goes on. How will they respond to the success they've been having - during a time in the season where they've usually had a downturn in the past? Will they beat a UNC team that they are clearly better then?

And Pete, only Roy Williams comes to mind when you want to mention someone who can coach and recruit. Jimmy B at Cuse possibly too. Gary is a decent recruiter and a great game coach. Coach K is the exact opposite, a great recruiter and a decent game coach. Pick your poison.

Posted by: fushezzi | February 5, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Must beat UNC. Love the stories at Cole - the big upsets during GW's first few years were pretty much all we had to hang our hats on. Especially beating the Laettner-Hurley-Hill Duke teams. You know, I've never been a Caps fan and am not gonna start now, but props to the team on their winning streak. GW's biggest recruiting win? Convincing Walt Williams to stay. I loved the comparison of Mike Mardesich to Big Country - he did deliver a few huge games as a freshman. Debating whether to start shoveling....nahhh I'll deal with it tomorrow morning. Note that one of the channels has a guy reporting on the storm from across Rte. 1 from the Cellar-Attic-Planet X in College Park which is kind of cool.

btw - I stand by what I said before - the civility standards of the population on this board are far higher than on RI. That board is the daily chest thump for way too many posters.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | February 5, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Beat FSU by 9 at home and 4 on the road. Solid win. Padgett had a point and a rebound in his one minute of action. Maybe if he played twenty minutes per he'd have 20 and 20....

Posted by: Realness1 | February 5, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

padgett looked awful in his minute of play dude

Posted by: jpfterps | February 6, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

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