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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.”

By Liz Clarke  | 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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Best news from this whole story is a slim J-Will knocking down 10-11 free throws. We could be sneaky this year

Posted by: jpfterps | October 30, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

At halftime of our romp over Wake it is a pleasant surprise to see this BB post. I hope when Bowie thinks about being a "great" team he sees a trip to the Sweet 16 and beyond. Some early season wins against teams like Pitt would certainly be a refreshing sign...

Posted by: petecard | October 30, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

It's now 41-7 Terps over Wake. A real route in every respect. Still don't understand the quarterback shuffle... except for the first one which was obviously for the trick play.

As Duke is thumping Navy it begs a question... how did ND beat BC and how bad is ND? Navy must be having a horrible day. Wonder if they have a key injury or two. But how bad is Notre Dame?

Posted by: petecard | October 30, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

What is Jordan's new playing weight? Good to hear he is hitting free throws as well. That wasnt a strong part of his game last year.

Posted by: pford13 | October 30, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Good news also with Palsson. Early speculation was that he might be a benchwarmer, but sounds now that he might be a contributor.

Posted by: MrScrotums | October 31, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

The Hawk can shoot it- he's got a great stroke from 3 and looks confident taking it- combine that with hustle and good size for a 3, and its likely he gets minutes as a freshman. All those that wanted to knock him and Gary for his recruitment having seen the kid play twice on TV with 2 ball hogs will be eating their words. Trust in Gary

Posted by: asnis715 | October 31, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Always thought Hawk would be a contributor and that Gary would get the most out of him. He's been described as extremely cerebral and a hard worker. He'll be in the rotation at some point.

Posted by: Barno1 | October 31, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Best thing about this article is the by-line. Have always enjoyed Liz Clarke's work and am just thrilled that EP is off the beat.

Posted by: sjm3091 | November 1, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

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