Reporting Brendan Darr
Florida State was coming off a blowout win against #3 North Carolina, and showed no signs of slowing down in the second half against Maryland. While the game was close in the first half, Florida State had a 3-point halftime lead, but the game did not seem as close as the score indicated. The second half saw Maryland take their first, and only, lead of the game 42-40 before Florida State went on a 21-3 run and ultimately pulled away in a 84-70 loss for the Terps.
It’s hard to imagine that with 14 minutes left in the game Maryland was leading this game. Maryland struggled to get the ball into the post all night, although it certainly didn’t help that the Maryland big men were in foul trouble early in the first half. Alex Len and James Padgett saw some of their lowest minutes of the season tonight, as they both finished with under 20 minutes due to foul trouble.
Foul trouble wasn’t the only problem for the starting front court pair, both struggled throughout the game and combined for just 5 rebounds. Total. Padgett alone had 7 offensive rebounds on Sunday. Both guys struggles opened the door for other guys to step up. Ashton Pankey and Berend Weijs stepped up in spurts, but no matter who was there no one could contain Bernard James or Okaro White inside. Maryland was able to neutralize starting Center Xavier Gibson as he fouled out in just 10 minutes of court time.
Pe’Shon Howard easily had his worst game since returning to the lineup. Howard was in foul trouble as well, and finished with just 4 points, 4 assists, but 3 turnovers. Howard is a key to Maryland’s season and the Terps just cannot win with him getting in foul trouble and not being on the court.
There were a few positives tonight. Nick Faust continued to improve after early struggles this season. He added 10 points off the bench, but did miss all three of his 3-point attempts. It may be time for Turgeon to talk to Faust about his love affair with his jump shot. He’s shooting just 20% from behind the arc this year, and is 1-for-11 since he hit 3-of-4 three-point attempts against Samford on New Years Eve.
Terrell Stoglin was his usual self. Leading the team in shots and points, but also involved teammates early with some creative passes. He did struggle in the second with his shot selection, but you have to live with that as the scoring has to come from somewhere.
Florida State is a very good defensive team with taller, longer and stronger players than the young Terps. Even with shutting Deividas Dulkys down, fresh off his 32-point outburst against UNC, the Terps allowed Michael Snaer – 19 points – and Ian Miller – 18 points – to beat them.
The Terps have a few days to regroup before heading to Philly to take on Temple at 11 am. It’s a short week with 3 games in 7 days, and maybe conditioning/quick turnaround had something to do with the second half collapse against Florida State. We’ll have to see early on Saturday.
Former Maryland Terps hoopster Will Bowers tweeted some inflammatory remarks directed at Sean Mosley. I won’t post them here as this is a family site, but you can see for yourself here.
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