Maryland (11-4, 1-1 ACC) got their first win in conference this season thanks to a 70-64 win over Wake Forest. Maryland played what Coach Mark Turgeon said was their best half of the season in the first half to take a 40-24 lead into the break. The Terps struggled after the break as Wake’s defense picked up and their shot selection worsened.
For the first time since the opener against UNC-Wilmington, the ACC’s leading scorer, Terrell Stoglin didn’t start. A move that created a lot of buzz pre-game. Fears were put to rest after two short minutes into the game as Stoglin came on for Pe’Shon Howard.
After the game, Coach Turgeon pointed out that “I’m trying to make Terrell [Stoglin] a man, his parents are on board. It’s between me and him.”
Stoglin said he knew during practice this week that he wouldn’t be starting tonight’s game, but said he didn’t let it affect him during the game. It showed during the first half as Stoglin was 4-for-7, including 2-3 from three. Stoglin, much like his teammates, couldn’t keep up the torrid start in the second half. Stoglin finished the game just 6-for-18, but did hit clutch free throws down the stretch to finish with 20 points.
Turgeon was not quick to heap praise upon Stoglin after the guard finished with zero assists. Senior Sean Mosley is a different story. Mosley carried the team during stretches tonight, and made the play of the game as he grabbed an offensive rebound off an Alex Len missed free throw and made the lay-up. The play came after Wake Forest had narrowed the Maryland lead down to 4, 51-47, and put the Terps back up six.
Turgeon said about Mosley “That was a huge play for us because we didn’t have much going. Sean [Mosley] is a senior, so it’s go time.”
Maryland fought hard down stretch after that play to hold on to their lead. Stoglin knocked down some key free throws down the stretch, as did James Padgett. Padgett was quiet for most of the night, but showed up in the late stages. First, off an in bounds play threw down a monster dunk, and then sunk clutch free throws in the waning minutes.
The Terps continue conference play on Sunday against Georgia Tech (7-8) at 4 pm. Georgia Tech is currently beating NC State by 16 on the road. Maryland lost to NC State on the road on Sunday. Follow Brendan Darr on twitter: @BrendanDarr1067