There was a lot of emotion in the Comcast Center with the court being named in honor of Gary Williams tonight. The Terps played strong again for 30 minutes and had the lead by 3 points with 8 minutes to play. However, the Terps went through 2 separate cold spells of not having a field goal for over 3 minutes which sealed their fate. They could not help themselves either as they were 3-10 from the line in the 2nd half. Maryland (12-7, 2-3) fell 74-61 to the Blue Devils (17-3, 5-1). The main problem for the Terps was the fact they could not stop Mason Plumlee as he had 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists. Let’s get to the report card.
Pe’Shon Howard B+
Howard had a very good all around game with 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. He was aggressive looking for his shot and also looking to find teammates for shots. It might have been his best game since coming back from the broken foot.
Terrell Stoglin B
Two things stand out from the game in regards to Stoglin. On the positive, he was very good passing the ball and finding teammates in the first half as the Terps attacked the basket. On the negative, he is a 78% free throw shooter and finished a Shaqesque 2 of 7 from the line.
Sean Mosley B-
Good Sean mostly showed up tonight and was definitely a strong contributor in the first half. He looked for his shot and helped lead Terps in strong start as a team. He finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 dimes, and a steal. It is a Good Sean kind of game with production throughout the stat line.
Ashton Pankey B-
Pankey finished with 8 and 8 and benefited from the passing into the interior the most from the penetrating guards. He showed himself well in replacing Alex Len in the starting lineup. He boarded well also. What he may lack in defense with the blocking, he makes up for in toughness and offensive ability.
James Padgett C-
Going against the Plumlee brothers is not an easy task this year and Padgett never seemed to find a rhythm or flow to his game. He finished with 6 points and 3 boards and seemed to disappear and not even be a part of the Terps offense for long stretches. Like Patrick, I too would like to see more of a role for Padgett in the offense.
I had a hard time deciding who was the leading contributor from the bench. It was a lackluster performance from Weijs, Len, Parker, and Faust. Faust had a couple shots bounce the right way and Parker had a nice block but there wasn’t a lot to write home about here. It was just turrible.
Sub of the Game: Nick Faust (relunctantly)
Mark Turgeon C
It is always intimidating to replace a legend as Turgeon is doing with Gary Williams. When the legend is at the game with the court being dedicated to him, it adds to it. The change of Pankey for Len was a very good move in the starting lineup. However, he could not seem to find an answer in the post for the Plumlee brothers specifically Mason.
Maybe You Missed It
For the first 12 minutes of the game, the Terps had some great ball movement and were attacking the lane. When they did that, they had 4 made field goals and drew four fouls with three of those resulting in trips to the foul line. Stoglin as mentioned above really was passing very well and finding players in the post area for easy shots. Then, this offense just disappeared.
Gregg Cobert has been a Terps fan since the days of Keith Booth and grew to hate Duke especially at the apex in the early 00s when both were competing for national titles. Follow him on Twitter at @g_reggulator.