The University of Maryland has had a rough couple days since Stefon Diggs announced he was signing with the University on Friday. Basketball lost to Duke on Saturday, and Danny O’Brien and two others caused a mini-controversy when the decided to transfer and the fallout that followed. The Terps (15-10, 5-6 in ACC) responded by thoroughly dismantling Boston College (8-18, 3-9) in an 81-65 victory.
The Terps won their first game without Pe’Shon Howard — the second time around. The point guard situation is still in flux, but Maryland was able to defeat a poor Boston College team. After trailing 10-4, the Terps ripped off a 29-4 run that got them up to a game-high 19 point lead (33-14). Maryland was able to maintain the lead, and didn’t let the Eagles get within seven points for the rest of the game.
The lead got inflated early thanks to a 14-0 run by Terrell Stoglin, by himself. Stoglin connected on a three, and rattled off three more before he came out for a rest with the Terps up 18-10. Stoglin finished the first half with 19 points, en route to a 41-27 halftime lead for the Terps. Stoglin came into the game with 63 made three pointers this year, but after he sank five more, he broke Greivis Vasquez’ Sophomore record for 3’s in a season (64) and now sits at 68.
Stoglin was held in check in the second half, finishing with just five points, but played the distributor. There was a beautiful play late in the second half where Stoglin spun out of a double team, found Berend Weijs underneath the basket, who just tapped it to Padgett for a big dunk. Padgett was unfortunately fouled, and subsequently missed, but showed Stoglin trying to get his teammates involved with him being double-teamed.
Padgett played a key role in the second half. The forward was benched to start the game, and had a quiet first half, finishing with just three rebounds. However, he picked things up in the second half, finishing with 15 points, 8 rebounds (4 offensive) and finished a perfect 5-for-5 from the field.
Turgeon made sure to single out Padgett’s effort in the second half, saying Padgett “changed the game.” Indeed he did, with Alex Len and Ashton Pankey in foul trouble, Padgett played consistent minutes.
Asked what he thought of the benching Padgett mentioned that it was fun and competitive, and that if someone was starting over you, it meant they were better. He also said that “if you’re on the bench you have to prove that you’re better than the person who started when you go in.”
Nick Faust filled up the stat sheet quite nicely on Thursday night, as he finished with 14 points, 6 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds. His shooting was still off (finishing 4-12), but found ways to get to the basket in crunch time and played great defense all night. Faust shut down BC’s leading scorer, Matt Humphrey, holding him to 5 points on 2-of-8 shooting.
Boston College is one of the worst teams on Maryland’s schedule this year — in fact, the Eagles (BPI: 213) are the second-worst Power Conference team in the NCAA right now, behind Utah (BPI: 292) — so it’s tough to read anything from a game like this. However, it is telling that they were able to put this game away, when in the past closing games out proved difficult for the young Terps.
Maryland goes on the road to play rival Virginia on Saturday on a short turn-around. Don’t ask Coach Mark Turgeon what starting lineup he’s going to go with “I don’t have any idea who I’m going to start on Saturday, so don’t ask me. Don’t ask me tomorrow, either.”
UPDATE: VIDEO OF NICK FAUST’S DUNK:
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