Second Half Collapse Dooms Terps
Maryland came into Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech with a chance to move to .500 in ACC play, but after a second half meltdown to the league’s worst team Maryland drops to 16-12 and 6-8 in the ACC. Maryland has struggled on the road, specifically in the second half this season. This wasn’t quite as bad as Virginia, but it was awfully close.
Maryland led at the half, 37-31, and took a nine-point lead in the second half thanks to three free throws from Stoglin. It was all down hill from there as Maryland only managed 21 points in the final 19 minutes. Georgia Tech did their best to let Maryland get back in the game late, but Maryland couldn’t capitalize.
The first half saw a great performance from Sean Mosley as he had 14 points, including a career-high tying 4 three-pointers. Mosley was quiet in the second half, as he finished with just two points. He wasn’t able to get going, but no one played well in the second half.
Terrell Stoglin, again, led the team in scoring, but did not shoot well on the day. He finished the game with 18 points, but did so on 5-for-17 shooting, and was 1-for-6 from 3. Stoglin is obviously the driving force of the team, but if he isn’t getting any help — like the second half — he tries to do everything himself and, frankly, can’t.
Alex Len was far from dominant today, but had his moments. Len finished with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. It wasn’t a bad day for Len, as he was clearly the best big for Maryland on the day. James Padgett was invisible for most of the game, and some might argue it would have been better if Ashton Pankey followed suit. Mychal Parker fouled out in just 15 minutes of playing time.
It’s a disappointing loss for the Terps to the ACC basement dwellers at Georgia Tech. For Tech, it was just their third conference win of the season. This loss all but kills Terps fans hopes of an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Maryland had a shaky profile, at best, but hadn’t suffered a “bad” loss. Until now. This loss might even hurt the Terps chances at making the NIT. 8th place in the ACC doesn’t really scream “postseason play” like it used to.
Maryland stays on the road and will face UNC on Wednesday night. For more on the Maryland Terrapins, follow Brendan Darr on twitter: @BrendanDarr1067