Terps Fast, Fleet in Scrimmage
Junior guard Sean Mosley led all scorers with 25 points and was just three rebounds shy of a triple-double in Maryland’s intrasquad scrimmage Saturday at Comcast Center.
Sophomore Jordan Williams, notably slimmed down and toned up, managed 24 points, hitting 10 of 11 from the free throw line. And senior guard Adrian Bowie matched Williams’ 24-point outing.
But it was the half-dozen newcomers who were the subject of most curiosity when the 2010-2011 Terrapins trotted onto their home court for an up-tempo, game-length workout nine days before their season-opener against Seattle Nov. 8.
Among those who impressed: 6-6 forward Hauker Palsson of Iceland, who displayed a hot shooting hand and cagey passing skills. Palsson paced the newcomers with 18 points and connected on four of six attempts from three-point range.
Freshman Pe’Shon Howard, who’s expected to spell Bowie at point guard, flashed his explosive potential as a playmaker. And reed-thin center
Berend Weijs of the Netherlands, a 6-10, 200-pound transfer, showed surprising resolve, as well as welcome shot-blocking ability, when pitted against Williams inside.
In broad strokes, the Terps looked fit and fast. Their defense is a bit more of a work-in-progress than their offense--to be expected after just two weeks of practice. And turnovers outstripped assists.
But Coach Gary Williams, who prowled both the sideline and court, shouted instructions throughout, declared himself pleased with what he saw as the Terps’ Black squad, led by Williams and Palsson, stormed back from a double-digit deficit to defeat the Red, 90-84.
“After two weeks of practice, we’re on schedule for as good as we can be right now,” Williams said. “But we’re going to get better.”
Williams said he hopes to hone in on his eight- or nine-man rotation after Monday’s exhibition against Florida Southern at Comcast Center.
Bowie, who’s working to assert himself more as a leader his senior season, was more bullish. “We’re going to be a great team,” Bowie said. “Everybody is not expecting much from us, so that’s extra motivation.”
| October 30, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
Categories: Gary Williams, Men's basketball | Tags: Adrian Bowie, Gary Williams, Haukur Palsson, Jordan Williams, Maryland basketball, Pe'Shon Howard, Sean Mosley, scrimmage
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