Reporting Brendan Darr
With a little under two minutes to go, the Terrapins trailed Miami 66-61. The crowd was out of the game after a tough sequence for Ashton Pankey; where he missed a put-back and then gave up a foul on defense. Miami only made one of two from the line. Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon called timeout to call a play. The result was a Sean Mosley three that gave Maryland the momentum, and eventually the win.
One thing Turgeon praised, and there were many, was “I thought we did a great job after timeouts, just executing.” Turgeon also mentioned how Mosley’s three galvanized him. After the game, Turgeon was ecstatic on the court and looked more excited than he’s looked in months. After the game he said “It doesn’t count as three wins, but it sure feels like it.”
Even the players noticed how happy Turgeon looked after the game. Terrell Stoglin when asked if he had seen him that excited before “No I haven’t, I think he’s cherishing this win a lot.”
This was quite the turnaround from Saturday when Maryland was run out of John Paul Jones Arena. Both the players and coaches noted how the team would not quit on the season and wanted to respond.
Terrell Stoglin mentioned “It feels really good, getting a good win at home. The Virginia game was really embarrassing so, today just helped out a lot.”
Everyone stepped their game up in the second half. Mosley’s three will be a play that will stick out in people’s minds, but James Padgett’s offensive rebound, put-back and the free throw were huge as well. That was the play to tie it up, and put the Terps in the lead for good.
The difference between Saturday and Tuesday would be night and day. Maryland never gave up, and got scoring from sources not named Terrell Stoglin, although he did chip in with 20 points.
While Stoglin did lead the team with 20 points, Maryland had three guys finish in double figures, and two more with 8 points. It was, what some were calling after the game, the best win of the season for Maryland. Sure, the Notre Dame game might carry more weight nationally today, but this game showed that Maryland wouldn’t give up, and that when everyone bought into the system, the Terps could beat anyone.
Maryland got significant contributions from Alex Len, James Padgett and Ashton Pankey tonight, whereas they were virtually invisible — or in Len’s case totally invisible — on Saturday. The trio finished with 30 points, 17 rebounds (7 offensive) and 3 blocks. While Len continued the no-show in the first half, he exploded in the second half, finishing 4-for-5 with 8 points and 4 rebounds. He also added two big blocks which helped get the crowd back in the game.
In addition to Len, Pankey and Padgett justified their starts tonight, and rewarded Coach Turgeon with two outstanding games. Padgett definitely came to play tonight, despite being shorter and smaller than his opposition, he put on quite the display tonight.
At the end of the day, it was Mosley who helped secure the win for the Terps on Tuesday. His three was the play of the game, but he also added four key free throws down the stretch and recovered two loose balls. Mosley’s senior leadership, twitter hashtag aside, has helped guide the Terps through tumultuous times throughout the season. With three games to go, Maryland has a lot to build on for the future, and help give their star senior the right exit.
Maryland heads to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Follow Brendan Darr for more from the University of Maryland on twitter: @BrendanDarr1067