For a lot of the game it looked like this might be the same Terps team that fans have seen all year. However, Maryland (13-8, 3-4) showed they had some fight still in them. The whole evening in Coral Gables went exactly as Miami would want it to go as they lead 62-46 with 7:09 but the Terps closed regulation on a 23-7 run to send it to overtime. They even had a chance to win with a Terrell Stoglin 3 at the buzzer that rimmed out. In the first overtime, the Terps had a brief lead at 72-71 but Miami was able to answer and the teams closed the first overtime tied at 76. In the second overtime, the Hurricanes (13-7, 4-3) scored the first 7 points and were able to hold off the Terps 90-86. Let’s get to the report card.
Nick Faust B
Faust was the starter in name only as his production and minutes were similar to what he has done off the bench. He had some bright spots and I love his ability to grab a steal for the team (he finished with 3). Faust’s shooting has also improved over the last few games as well which is a good sign.
Terrell Stoglin B+
The Terps needed Stoglin’s 33 points but the stat line that stuck out was 6-20 which is what he shot from distance and he shot 3-6 from 2 point range. If Stoglin can find a way to blend his shooting and driving ability, he could become even more unstoppable. 20 threes is entirely too many for one person to shoot in a game. Even Ray Allen doesn’t jack em up that frequently in a game.
Sean Mosley B
Tonight was “good Sean.” He didn’t shoot well from the field (1-7) but he was 5-6 from the charity stripe. He also added 9 rebounds to pace the team. Despite fouling out, he made strong contributions to the team across the board.
Ashton Pankey C-
The best thing he had was 7 rebounds (4 offensive). However, he did have a crucial layup to cut the lead to 62-57. Pankey adds a toughness to the interior.
James Padgett C+
His footwork and post work are still good and he displayed it tonight. I wish the Terps would feed him more in the post as he seems capable to be a solid second scorer. He seems well on his way to join the long list of accomplished Terps big men: Bias, Joe Smith, Lonnie Baxter, Jordan Williams.
The bench had strong efforts from Pe’Shon and Len. Len in the interior providing 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks. It was the type of game a Terps fan can hopefully grow to consistently see from the freshman. Pe’Shon had 8 assists and seemed to make sure to get others involved. Between the two of the them, the Terps had some added punch for sure off the bench.
Sub of the Game: Alex Len
Mark Turgeon B
It’s been a tough year for Turgeon but he has done a solid job with the talent provided. Tonight, his team hung tough and came back although they could have packed it in late in the second half. It was a good sign to see.
A Peak at the Standings
The Terps still are winless on the road this year and face North Carolina on Saturday at Comcast. So here is a look at the ACC Standings following the games from last night.
North Carolina 6-1
Florida State 6-1
NC State 5-3
Wake Forest 2-6
Boston College 2-6
Virginia Tech 1-5
Georgia Tech 1-7
The Terps are caught in the jumbled middle of the ACC with losses to the two teams ahead of them on the road (NC State and Miami). It will be interesting how the Terps finish up February.