Maryland traveled to Philly to take on the Temple Owls at the famed Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The Cathedral of College Basketball is a timeless arena, one of the hallowed grounds of college basketball. Unfortunately, the early start time combined with sloppy play made the game unworthy of it’s setting, as the Terps fell 73-60 to Temple.
Maryland struggled in the first half to get anything going offensively. The offense looked out of sync and turnovers were a common theme, not in just the first half, but the entire game. Maryland’s first two possessions of the game ended in turnovers and that continued throughout.
Things only got worse once Center Alex Len left the game with an ankle injury. Coach Turgeon said after the game that he wasn’t concerned, but wasn’t sure if Len would be back in time for Duke on Wednesday. Today, the Terps struggled in the middle without their star. The Terps could rarely generate any offense inside against the smaller Owls and with the struggles shooting from outside (25% for the game) they had to rely on their defense and transition.
The defense held up in the first half, as the Terps managed to stay within three. The second half saw Temple open up a double-digit lead almost immediately after the break. The Terps fought their way back to within one, at 55-54, before closing the game out on an 18-6 run.
Temple, who hadn’t shot the lights out either, really stepped up in the second half. Maryland’s guards played extensive minutes with Len out, and coach Turgeon set on using the 4-guard lineup to counter Temple’s. Maryland’s guards got in foul trouble again, as both Terrell Stoglin and Sean Mosley finished with four fouls.
Maryland has a few days off before it faces #4 Duke at home on Wednesday night. Wednesday’s game is also the night that the court at Comcast Center officially is named after Gary Williams. Duke in the meantime has a game against Florida State later today.
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