In a final tune up before the ACC season gets rolling in earnest against top ranked Duke on Sunday at Cameron Indoor, Maryland defeated Colgate rather easily 95-40. Maryland went on an early 22-0 run to close any doubt of Colgate hanging around. The Terrapins (10-4) shot 52% from the field and got 12 points, 11 boards, and 3 blocks from Jordan Williams. It was his eighth straight game with a double-double which is four behind the all-time leader Len Elmore who set it back in the 1973-1974 season.
Coach Williams said, “I liked the effort tonight. This was a big game for us just to learn where we are as a team almost halfway through the season. To come out and beat a team by 55 is not easy to do. The effort was like we’ve been practicing. I thought we were unselfish. We had several guys make really good extra passes. That’s how you can shoot a good percentage, and we were able to do that tonight.”
Maryland also got strong contributions from Adrian Bowie who paced the team with points and assists with 16 and 5. Dino Gregory and Terrell Stoglin, who got his first start, each had 12 points as well as Cliff Tucker who came off the bench.
“It was good for us to play that way leading into this coming week. Hopefully we can have good practices leading up to Sunday’s game. Going to Duke with a win is definitely huge for us”
Jordan Williams added, “That’s really great for our team to start out that well, because we’re going to need that Sunday in Durham. The No. 1 team in the country is not going to slack off at all.”
It was a good game to get prepared and build confidence as the Terps travel to Durham on Sunday night. I still have some of the same concerns about the team but I am excited for the ACC season to get going and see where the Terps stack up there. I have heard different people say that Duke is the cream of the crop while Wake is likely to finish last. However, teams 2 through 11 are very fluid, so it should be an exciting ACC season.