Last night opened the college basketball season and the Maryland Terrapins got a win in the 2K Sports Classic Coaches vs. Cancer opening round defeating the Seattle Redhawks 105-76 at Comcast Center. They were paced by Sean Mosley with 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists and Jordan Williams with 17 points and 15 boards.
The game opened up very sloppily for both teams and was back and forth. In the first 15 minutes, the game was tied 10 different times. Maryland finished the game with 29 turnovers to Seattle’s 27, and for both teams, it seemed to be a combination of both nerves of opening night as well as getting new parts acclimated with the old parts. Maryland has 6 new faces at College Park this year with Pe’Shon Howard (5 points, 8 assists), Terrell Stoglin (15 points, 5 assists), Hauker Palsson, Ashton Pankey, Mychal Parker, and Berend Weijs (3 blocks).
At halftime, the score was 46-36 Maryland and there was a huge discrepancy in field goal percentage (55-41 Terps) and rebound margin (+10 Terps). With 12 minutes to go, it was still a 10 point lead at 66-56 but in the last 12 minutes, the Redhawks seemed to run out of gas and Maryland’s athleticism won the day. Field goal percentage finished 57-36 and rebound margin was +14. As for the Redhawks, they got quality contributions from Alex Jones with 20 points and Cervante Burrell with 13 (all in the first half).
Although last year’s leaders in Vasquez, Milbourne, and Hayes have departed from the ACC co-champs, the 2010-2011 Terps may be one of Gary Williams most athletic and fun to watch. It will be a roller coaster ride for Terps fans with young players getting adjusted to Terps basketball with Gary. Gary was very liberal with his bench to see exactly what type of team he has and the team responded as he got quality minutes from the bench. The Terps will have growing pains as shown tonight with the 29 turnovers. However, the product shown tonight will be vastly different by conference time in January and February as Gary molds the team.