Mosley: 'I think we can win any game'
It has taken razor-thin defeats, double-digit victories and a half-dozen variations on the starting lineup. But the identity of Maryland’s 2010-11 basketball team has finally taken shape over the last two games.
While not as talented as some, the Terps are more scrappy than most.
And on the heels of back-to-back road wins at Virginia and Georgia Tech that lifted the Terps (14-7, 4-3) into the top half of the ACC standings after an 0-2 start in league play, that gritty approach might be enough to salvage their NCAA Tournament hopes down the stretch.
“It’s been a long season for us. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs,” said junior guard Sean Mosley after Sunday’s 74-63 victory at Georgia Tech. “For us, we’ve just got to come out there and grind each and every time….Every team in the ACC is kind of not up to par. Last year [the competition] was more close. This year it’s kind of open. If we come out and play 40 minutes hard, I think we can win any game. I think the team is starting to realize that.”
Mosley had his best performance of the season against Tech, in the view of Coach Gary Williams. In addition to his 16 points (his most since leading the Terps with 21 in the season-opening 105-76 romp over Seattle), Mosley grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists, had two steals, hit four of his five free-throw attempts and had a major hand in holding the Yellow Jackets under 40 percent from the field.
“It felt good to get back in rhythm and have more confidence in myself,” said Mosley, who has started all but one game this season. “And my teammates had a lot of confidence in me, giving me the ball.”
Mosley followed Coach Williams’ game plan dutifully, attacking Tech early and often at both ends of the court. He drove for a lay-up and rattled the rim with a dunk in the opening minutes to key a 10-4 lead and set the aggressive tone Maryland wanted on Tech’s home court.
“I wouldn’t say I need a game like this because I think even if I’m not scoring the basketball, I do other things to contribute to help my team to win,” said Mosley, a co-captain of the squad. “It was great for me to come out early and attack and get to the free-throw line and make some jumpers. It felt good for me. But I want to do anything to help my team to win.”
Maryland has a chance to avenge its 71-64 loss to Duke Wednesday when the Blue Devils visit Comcast Center. Tip-off is at 9 p.m. It’s the first of three home games for the Terps, who host Wake Forest Saturday and Longwood on Feb. 9.
| January 31, 2011; 9:13 AM ET
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