Reporting Brendan Darr
The Terps fell in their opening round game in Puerto Rice to #15 Alabama, 62-42. The 42 points is the lowest total for a Maryland team since the 44 points the Terps scored at Duke in 2009. The Terps hadn’t scored less than 42 since 1982, when they scored under-40 in four games in the 1982 season, the last was a 28-point outing against NC State in the ACC tournament.
Maryland was never in the game, as Alabama got out to an early 5-0 start forcing Maryland coach Mark Turgeon to use a timeout with less than two minutes gone. It only got worse from there for the Terps. Maryland shot just 5-of-27 in the first half, but did hit their first three-point attempt of the season (59 minutes and 59 seconds into the season) as Sean Mosley hit a three at the buzzer to end the first half.
Maryland shot better from the field in the second half, but still struggled to get any sort of continuity in the offensive end. The defense looked better in the second half, but often played great for 30 seconds only to collapse in the last five and give up shots or fouls.
Tough to believe in the future the Maryland starting backcourt (Stoglin, Faust and Mosley) will shoot 2-for-23 combined every night, and Alabama is a very talented defensive team, but there is still some cause for concern. Maryland will face some talented teams in the ACC, and if they can barely manage to score 40 points against Alabama, how will they do against a Duke or UNC?
There were a lot of negatives to take away from tonight, but one positive may be the inside presence of Ashton Pankey. Pankey finished with 4 points on 2-of-5 shooting, but had 10 rebounds (3 offensive) with a block and a steal. Maryland will take on Colorado tomorrow night at 6:30 in the loser’s bracket of the tournament. The game will be live on ESPN3.com tomorrow.
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