College Park, Md. – After Wednesday night’s disappointing loss at home, it could be reasonably expected that Maryland would have come out flat tonight against lowly Wake Forest. However, that was not the case this afternoon at Comcast Center.
The Terps took care of business at home and it came as a team effort. The Terps had 6 players score 8 or more points. Jordan Williams led the way, tying his career-high with 27 points. Williams also added 15 rebounds – 7 offensive – and 3 blocks.
“Jordan was Jordan today. After a very physical game on Wednesday, it was good to see him playing with that energy today” said Coach Gary Williams.
Coach Williams also made sure to praise Adrian Bowie’s game as well. Noting that the senior guard hasn’t gotten a lot of attention lately, but has been playing a really solid game. Bowie has been very productive over the last 10 games and has emerged as the most consistent player outside of Williams. Coach Williams praised Bowie’s efforts on defense as well, saying that his effort on defense against opposing team’s best guard has been an asset.
Another player who emerged was Freshman Point Guard Pe’Shon Howard. Howard took over the starting Point Guard position after a rough stretch of games for Terrell Stoglin. Howard didn’t have a spectacular night in all aspects, but his 8-to-1 assist to turnover ratio was a welcome change from the young Freshman. Howard finished the game with 9 points on 3-of-10 shooting, adding in two 3-pointers.
Another Freshman had a solid game in Forward Haukur (Hawk) Palsson. The Icelandic Forward had a productive day on the stat sheet, totaling 9 points, 3 rebounds and an assist in just 17 minutes. Coach Williams praised his energy off the bench.
An odd quote came from Coach Williams tonight about how the Terps haven’t used the home court and the crowd well. “I can’t get them to stand up and cheer, it comes from on the court. Vasquez had it, Pe’Shon has that in him” said Williams.
It’s very hard not to like Pe’Shon Howard. As I write this – over an hour after the game is over – Howard is out on the court playing one-on-one with a young child. He doesn’t have to be here, but there he is having fun and teaching a young boy how to play.
Maryland’s next game is at home against Longwood University on Wednesday night at 8. Longwood is 8-18 on the year with their most impressive victory coming against Columbia (191st in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings). Longwood themselves are 319th in the rankings.