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Inconsistent showing by Terps tempers expectations for start of ACC play

Posted on 04 January 2012 by Luke Jones

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Following Maryland’s 70-62 win over Cornell on Tuesday night, a game that started as a laugher before disintegrating into an erratic nail-biter, coach Mark Turgeon made a telling statement in assessing his players’ state of mind.

And it’s probably appropriate for Terps supporters as well with the ACC schedule days away from commencing.

“Maybe we’re a little caught up in a seven-game winning streak instead of where our team really is and where we need to be.”

With initial expectations as low as they’d been since the early years of the Gary Williams era, the whispers have grown that this 10-3 Maryland team might be better than anyone expected. The return of injured point guard Pe’Shon Howard and the debut of 7-foot-1 Ukrainian Alex Len have sparked excitement that the Terps can make noise in the ACC, where few teams have established themselves as potential threats beyond North Carolina and Duke at the top.

Jumping out to a 16-0 lead in the first 5 1/2 minutes of Tuesday’s game against Cornell was the latest shred of evidence in support of that theory. The Terps enjoyed a 23-point lead with 10:38 remaining in the first half, playing stifling defense and moving the ball around the floor as well as they have all season long as the Big Red had no answers for Maryland’s energy and talent level. It was Maryland’s best 10-minute stretch of basketball all season.

That lead shrank to 41-26 at the half, but Maryland was still in control, looking very much like a team capable of playing with anybody — even when considering Cornell entered the evening with a 4-8 record.

But then the second half started.

“We did what young teams do when [the game] is going easy,” Turgeon said. “We just thought it was going to be easy the whole game and so we quit guarding, we quit chasing down loose balls, we started shooting quick, we got a little bit selfish, and turned the ball over. I was not going to call timeout in the first four minutes and that was more of just trying to help them grow up.”

After shooting a blistering 63 percent in the first half, Maryland failed to register a field goal in the second half until senior Sean Mosley connected on a jumper with 8:34 left after the Terps’ lead had crumbled to just one. To their credit, the Terps did what they needed to down the stretch to secure the victory, making 14 of 17 free throws in the final 20 minutes and holding Cornell to just two points in the final 2:10.

However, the ugly second-half performance was just the latest snapshot of a young team not ready to handle success. Throughout the season, Maryland has struggled to hold significant leads against ordinary competition, a reflection of its immaturity as Turgeon pointed out after the game.

There’s no question the Terps are a better team than they were at the beginning of the season when Howard and Len were on the sidelines. The sophomore point guard allows Terrell Stoglin to focus on scoring — he entered the night sixth in the nation with a 21.8 points per game average — while Len has already shown enough in three games to make you understand why so many are excited about the big man’s potential.

But too many shortcomings remain, as Turgeon pointed out, that will doom the Terps in conference play more often than not. Maryland doesn’t shoot well enough to avoid long scoring droughts like the one it experienced to begin the second half. They take poor shots, with Stoglin heading the list in that department despite his undeniable talent.

The Terps lack focus on the defensive end and still struggle to defend beyond the arc. Fortunately, Cornell went just 7-for-30 from 3-point range or the Terps may have been dealt an embarrassing loss.

“In the first half, we played great defense and played together,” Stoglin said. “At the end of the game, we stayed together and won the game. We are only taking away positive things, not negative.”

Stoglin’s comments were exactly what you’d expect to hear, but you get the sense that Turgeon wants his players to focus a bit more on the negative in hopes of improving. A challenging trip to N.C. State awaits on Sunday as Maryland opens ACC play. The margin of error will shrink exponentially as the Terps won’t be able to survive lackluster performances like they did against Mount St. Mary’s, Florida International, and Radford.

The talent is there for the Terps to beat a few teams they probably shouldn’t, but they must also learn to finish off opponents and play intelligent basketball when enjoying a lead. Tuesday’s win over Cornell was the perfect microcosm of what to expect from an inexperienced Maryland team in 2012.

“We like to make it interesting, there’s no question about it,” Turgeon said. “It was so easy for us early. We were hitting shots, we were executing, we were defending at a level we haven’t defended at this year, and it just came so easy for us.”

It was a beautiful sight for the first 15 minutes of the game, but Maryland still hasn’t figured out how to play a complete game. Until the Terps do, it’s hard to imagine them surviving many contests in the ACC.

 

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Maryland Wraps Non-Conference Play Tuesday Against Cornell

Posted on 03 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Cornell(4-8) at Maryland (9-3)
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 | 8 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN3 | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • The last matchup in Maryland’s six-game homestand comes Tuesday night when Cornell of the Ivy League comes to Comcast Center. The Terrapins are 9-3 and are hoping to continue the momentum of a perfect December and a six-game winning streak. A victory over Cornell would extend the Terps’ string to seven games and match the longest string since they ended the 2009-10 season with a seven-game streak. Maryland’s perfect December was its first since 2008-09.
  • All 15 Terrapins in uniform saw action on New Year’s Eve in a 75-63 win over Samford. The Terrapins put three players in double figures – led by Terrell Stoglin’s 24 points in only 24 minutes. Alex Len had 13 points and seven rebounds, while Nick Faust had 13 points off the bench, including a 3-for-4 performance from 3-point range. Point guard Pe’Shon Howard led the Terps on the boards with nine (all at the defensive end) and dished out five assists.
  • Over the last six games, Maryland has been particularly strong on the glass. The Terrapins have out-rebounded their opponents 241-179 combined over those six games, averaging 10.2 per game more than their opponents in that stretch. The Terps have three players among the top 25 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding – James Padgett 12th (6.6 rpg), Ashton Pankey 19th (5.4 rpg) and Sean Mosley 22nd (5.2). Alex Len (7.5 rpg) and Pe’Shon Howard (5.3 rpg) have not yet played enough games for the Terps to qualify for the stats leaders. Of note is the current statistic that has Howard with 16 assists and 16 rebounds in his three games back after a broken foot.
  • Stoglin continues to lead the ACC with a 21.8 ppg average, the only player in the league averaging better than 20 points per game. Stoglin has buried six 3-pointers in each of the last two games, including a 6-for-8 effort on New Year’s Eve against Samford. Stoglin has gone from off-the-charts to now second in the ACC in 3-point FG percentage (.418, behind only Scott Wood of NC State, .486) and third in 3-point FG per game (2.3, behind Malcolm Grant of Miami and Wood, 2.8). Stoglin is 15-for-29 from 3-point range in the last four games. He remains the only ACC player to have scored 30 points or more in two games this season.
  • The return of Howard has also seemingly freed up Nick Faust’s offensive game. The freshman from Baltimore has scored in double figures in back-to-back games for the first time this season, following his 10-point performance against Albany with 13 points against Samford. Faust is hitting 10-of-18 from the floor in the last two games, including 3 of 7 from 3-point range. Faust has also been outstanding with his floor game, posting 10 assists and only one turnover in the last three games.
  • Maryland’s meeting with Cornell will be its second all-time and the first since 1993 when the Terrapins earned a 92-41 victory at Cole Field House (11/27/1993).

    Scouting the Big Red

    Cornell enters Tuesday night’s matchup on a four-game losing streak and a 4-8 overall record this season… The Big Red are 0-7 on the road, but have stayed close in six of those games. Discounting a season-opening 79-58 loss at St. Bonaventure, Cornell has lost by an average of seven points per game… Cornell has also played in three overtime games already (2-1 record).

    Under the direction of second-year coach Bill Courtney, Cornell is prone to shoot the long ball – they’ve attempted 294 3-pointers this season – whereas Maryland has taken just 170… Their 8.5 3-point field goals made per game leads the Ivy League and is t-24th nationally… Senior guard Drew Ferry leads the nation in 3-point field goals per game (4.0) and ranks 22nd in 3-point field goal percentage (.457)… Ferry leads the team in scoring at 14.2 ppg

    In its most recent game, a 63-60 loss at Bucknell, Cornell used a starting lineup with three guards and two forwards: joining Ferry in the backcourt were junior Johnathan Gray and senior Chris Wroblewski, while 6-foot-6 sophomore Dwight Tarwater and 6-foot-8 junior Eitan Chemerinski were the starting forwards… Wroblewski leads the team with 69 assists and ranks second in scoring at 8.8 ppg… Gray is averaging just 5.8 ppg but is coming off a career-high 18-point performance against Bucknell.

    Freshman forward Shonn Miller leads the team in rebounding (5.9 pg), though the Big Red rank last in the Ivy League in rebounding margin (minus-8.2 pg).

    Upcoming

    The Cornell game marks the end of Maryland’s six-game homestand. The Terrapins will play their first game in a hostile arena on Sunday when they open their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule at NC State (6 p.m., ESPNU)… Maryland then returns to Comcast Center for confernece matchups with Wake Forest (Wednesday, 1/11) and Georgia Tech (Sunday, 1/15).

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Maryland Hosts Florida International Wednesday Night

Posted on 13 December 2011 by WNST Staff

FIU (3-6) at Maryland (5-3)
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland continues its six-game homestand with a Wednesday-night meeting with FIU. The Terrapins are currently on a two-game winning streak for the first time this season, having defeated Notre Dame on Dec. 4 and Mount St. Mary’s on Dec. 7. Maryland is also in a stretch in which it plays one game (FIU) in 16 days between Dec. 7 and 23 (vs. Radford), partly due to Finals Week.
  • The Terrapins have seven of the next eight games at home, with the lone road trip coming on Jan. 8 for the Atlantic Coast Conference opener at NC State. Following the trip to Raleigh, Maryland returns home for league games against Wake Forest (Jan. 11) and Georgia Tech (Jan. 15).
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin led the Terrapins in the win over the Mount with 23 points. It was his sixth 20-point game of the season and his fourth straight (25.8 ppg over his last four games). Stoglin is sixth in the NCAA in scoring average, heading into this week with a 22.5 ppg mark. Stoglin already has a pair of 30-point games on his ledger this year, including a career-high 32 in Puerto Rico in a win over Colorado.
  • Junior forward James Padgett has had four straight games in double figures, including 15 last Wednesday against the Mount. Padgett has averaged 13.3 ppg in those four outings and has raised his scoring average from 7.3 to 10.3 ppg. He leads the team with 6.4 rebounds per game and leads the ACC on the offensive glass with 4.1 rpg.
  • Freshman guardNick Faust had arguably his best game thus far in the win over Mount St. Mary’s. Faust played 37 minutes and had 13 points, tied for the team lead on the boards with six and had a team-best five assists. He also chipped in two blocks and a steal, while going 6-for-6 at the free-throw line.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley had three assists, a pair of blocks, three steals, five rebounds and nine points against the Mount. His three steals pushed him into a tie for 18th place on the career list with 123. He is tied with John Gilchrist (202-05) and Ernest Graham (1977-81) and needs three more to tieAdrian Bowie (2007-11) on the next spot on the career ladder.
  • Free-throw shooting had been a problem for the Terrapin in the early part of the season, but positive signs are showing. In each of the last two wins, Maryland has gone 25-for-35 at the line, hitting at a .714 percentage.

    Scouting the Panthers

  • FIU has a 3-6 mark this season after pulling out a 58-56 win at Stephen F. Austin on Sunday… The Panthers are coached by Isiah Thomas, who is in his third season and has a 21-50 career record.
  • DeJuan Wright, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, leads the Sun Belt Conference in scoring at 17.0 ppg… Wright is shooting 56.4 percent from the field and also leads the team in rebounding (7.0 rpg), a mark that ranks third in the conference… Most recently he had 18 points on 5-of-6 shooting against Stephen F. Austin, as the Panthers shot 58.3 percent from the field.
  • Freshman guard Phil Taylor is one of four Panthers averaging more than 30 minutes a game and leads the team with 40 assists, while ranking second in scoring at 14.1 ppg… Senior guard Jeremy Allen and sophomore forward Domonique Ferguson, along with Wright, are the others averaging more than 30 minutes per contest… Allen is third on the team in scoring (12.3 ppg) and Ferguson is second in rebounding (6.4 rpg).
  • On the year, FIU is hitting at a .418 mark from the field while opponents are shooting .477… The Panthers are last in the conference in FG percentage defense… However, they lead the league in steals (8.9 pg) with three players who rank in the conference’s top-10 individually: Allen is first with 2.9 spg while Wright and Taylor are tied for seventh with 1.8 spg.

    Upcoming

    The matchup with FIU is the second in a six-game homestand that also has the Terrapins home in eight of nine games through mid-January… Maryland’s next game away from Comcast Center is on Sunday, Jan. 8 at NC State in the Terps’ ACC opener… Maryland then returns home for two more league games (1/11/12 vs. Wake Forest and 1/15/12 vs. Georgia Tech) before finally hitting the road for back-to-back games.

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Mt. St. Mary’s Invades Comcast Center Wednesday Night to Face Terps

Posted on 07 December 2011 by WNST Staff

Mount St. Mary’s (1-6) at Maryland (4-3)
Wednesday, Dec. 7 | 8 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN3 | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland begins a six-game homestand with a matchup against local rival Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday night. The Terrapins are 4-3 after a 78-71 win over Notre Dame on Sunday in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center. The Mount is 1-6 after having lost five straight, including a pair of Northeast Conference games last weekend at home to St. Francis, N.Y., and Long Island.

  • The Terrapins won at Verizon Center on Sunday for the third time in the last eight games in the BB&T Classic. The Terps got a game-high 31 points from sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin, who fell one point short of his career-high set earlier this year in a victory over Colorado in San Juan, P.R. Senior guard Sean Mosley added 17 points, six rebounds and three assists, while junior forward James Padgett earned the first double-double of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Stoglin earned Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week honors for averaging 28.0 points per game over Maryland’s previous two games. In addition to the 31 against the Fighting Irish, Stoglin led the Terps with 25 against Illinois, which has climbed into the national rankings with an 8-0 record. Stoglin is the leading scorer in the ACC with a 22.4 ppg average and is ninth nationally with that mark. He is the only ACC player averaging better than 20 points a game and is the only player in the league who has hit the 30-point plateau twice so far this season.
  • Mosley has continued his consistently strong all-around play for the Terrapins. One of only two Terps to have started all seven games so far (Nick Faust is the other), Mosley is second on the team in scoring (11.0 ppg), third on the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg) and second with five blocked shots. Mosley has improved his shooting percentage from the floor this year from .413 a year ago to .472 so far. The improvement is more substantial behind the 3-point line, going from .269 last year to .480 this year. Mosley’s 12 3-pointers in seven games this year are only two short of the season-long totals of 14 he had in each of the last two years.
  • Padgett has developed into an offensive force recently, having scored in double figures in each of the last three games. He scored a career-high 16 against a good Illinois front line. Better accuracy from the free-throw line has helped Padgett recently, as he is 14-for-21 at the line in his last three games after beginning the season 3-for-11. A solid finisher around the basket, Padgett has been strong on the offensive glass. Of his 45 rebounds this year, 30 have come off the offensive glass, and he leads the ACC in offensive rebounding (4.3 rpg).
  • Maryland’s game on Dec. 14 against FIU has been moved to a 7:30 p.m. starting time and will be telecast on ESPN. The Terrapins are home through the rest of December and into the new year. The Terrapins first game at an opponents’ venue this season will come at the end of the homestand, Jan. 8 at NC State. 

    Scouting the Mountaineers

  • Mount St. Mary’s enters Wednesday’s matchup with a 1-6 record on the season including a 0-2 mark in the Northeast Conference… Robert Burke (Haverford, ’88) is in his second season as the head coach at the Mount…
  • Senior forward Danny Thompson is coming off a career-best 21-point performance in the Mount’s 85-76 loss to Long Island on Saturday… Thompson, one of two players to start all seven games, leads the team in scoring (10.1 ppg) and ranks second in the Northeast Conference with 8.4 rebounds per game… The 6-foot-7 Springdale, Md., native also ranks second in the league in blocks (2.0 pg)…
  • Junior forward Raven Barber has joined Thompson in the starting frontcourt in six games and ranks fourth on the team with 9.6 ppg, and first in field-goal percentage (28 of 51, .549)…
  • Sophomore guard Julian Norfleet is the other Mountaineer to have started every game and is averaging 10.0 ppg… Norfleet leads the team in 3-point attempts (44) and makes (15)… Sophomore guard Josh Castellanos is hitting .444 from 3-point range, while Freshman guard Kelvin Parker is connecting at a .400 mark from 3PT.
  • The Mount has played a difficult schedule thus far, with games at Marquette, Minnesota and Navy… It’s lone win came over Siena, 65-53, on Nov. 19, and, on the season, the Mountaineers are averaging just 56.4 points per game. 

    Upcoming

    Maryland will play its next six and eight of its next nine games at Comcast Center in a stretch that has the Terps mostly home through mid-January… The Terrapins’ next game away from the area is on Sunday, Jan. 8 at NC State.

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Maryland Hosts Illinois Tuesday Night in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Posted on 29 November 2011 by WNST Staff

llinois (6-0) at Maryland (3-2)
Tuesday, Nov. 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland plays host to Illinois in this season’s Big Ten / ACC Challenge. The Terrapins have won six straight games in the series, including last season’s 62-39 victory at Penn State, and are 9-3 since the inception of the series. The Terps’ last loss in the series was a 69-64 defeat at Wisconsin in 2004.

  • Maryland is 3-0 against Illinois in the Challenge, including wins in 2001, 2006 and 2007. The Terrapins lost to Illinois in a matchup last season in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. The Illini prevailed 80-76 in a game at Madison Square Garden in New York. Illinois is receiving votes in both pols this week.
  • The Terrapins are coming off a 73-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast last Friday. Terrell Stoglin led the Terrapins with 24 points, giving him three games with at least 20 points in Maryland’s first five of the season. Stoglin, a sophomore guard, leads the ACC in scoring at 20.2 points per game and is the only player in the league over a 20-point average coming into this week’s Challenge.
  • James Padgett scored 11 points in 15 minutes against the Eagles and added four rebounds, an assist and a steal. The junior forward is third on the team in scoring (8.0 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.0 rpg), but leads the ACC with 4.2 offensive boards per game. Of his 30 rebounds this year, 21 have come at the offensive end.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley also averages in double figures for the Terrapins, putting up 11.0 points per game. He has hit nine 3-pointers so far to lead the team and is 9-for-19 (.474) behind the arc. Mosley is averaging 5.6 rebounds per game.
  • Freshman guardNick Faust is one of two Terrapins (Mosley) to have started all five games this season, as head coach Mark Turgeon juggles his starting lineup. Faust leads the Terrapins in assists (13) and steals (7), while scoring 6.8 points per game.

    Scouting the Illini

  • Illinois comes into Tuesday night’s game with a 6-0 record, having outscored its opponent by an average margin of 18.8 points per game… Bruce Weber is in his ninth season as the head coach and will be seeking his 200th career win at Illinois on Tuesday night.
  • The Illini returned just one starter – D.J. Richardson – from last season’s 20-14 team which reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen… The junior guard leads the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) and is connecting at a .405 mark from 3-point range.
  • Joining Richardson in the backcourt is junior Brandon Paul and newcomer Sam Maniscalco… Paul leads the team in assists (3.0 apg) while Maniscalco is third in scoring (11.5 ppg) and is shooting 54.8 percent from the field.
  • Meyers Leonard, a 7-foot-1 center, and Tyler Griffey, a 6-foot-8 forward, comprise the starting frontcourt… Leonard is second on the team in scoring (12.3 ppg) and leads the Big Ten in blocks (3.2 pg)… Griffey is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game, second on the team behind Leonard’s 6.8 rpg…
  • Freshman Nnanna Egwu, a 6-foot-11 forward/center, is another defensive threat… He has 10 blocks on the season and, as a team, the Illini lead the Big Ten with 6.8 blocks per game.

    Upcoming

    Maryland next plays on Sunday, Dec. 4 against Notre Dame in the nightcap of the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C… The Terrapins and Irish follow the opener with George Washington hosting VCU…

    Following the trip downtown, Maryland will play its next six and eight of its next nine games at Comcast Center in a stretch that has the Terps mostly home through mid-January… The Terrapins’ next game away from the area is on Sunday, Jan. 8 at NC State…

    NOTE THAT THE GAME VS. FIU ON 12/14 HAS BEEN MOVED TO A 7:30 P.M. START AND WILL BE ON ESPN.

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Maryland Plays Host to Florida Gulf Coast on Black Friday

Posted on 25 November 2011 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland returns to Comcast Center after its trip to Puerto Rico to face Florida Gulf Coast… The Terrapins are 2-2 overall after winning one of three at the 5-hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off… The Terps beat Colorado, 78-71, in the middle of the three games… They lost to 15th-ranked Alabama, 62-42, before dropping the finale to Iona, 89-63.

Storyline

  • Terrell Stoglin led Maryland in scoring at the tournament, averaging 18.3 points per game on the island… Stoglin had a career-high 32 points in the win over Colorado, scoring 25 points in the second half to lead the Terrapins back from an 11-point deficit… The sophomore’s previous career-high was 28 points set last year at North Carolina, and he became the first Terrapin to hit the 30-point plateau since Greivis Vasquez had 41 on 2/27/2010 in a double-overtime win at Virginia Tech.
  • Stoglin comes into tonight’s game leading the Terrapins in scoring with a 19.3 ppg average overall… He has hit 23 of 25 free throws (.920) this season and is among the leaders in the Atlantic Coast Conference at the line.
  • Senior Sean Mosley led Maryland with 21 points in the loss against Iona… He hit 4 of 8 from 3-point range and went 7-for-12 from the floor… Mosley was hot from long range in San Juan, hitting 9 of 16 behind the arc… He is Maryland’s second-leading scorer overall with a 12.3 ppg average.
  • Redshirt freshman Ashton Pankey has been a pleasant surprise in the early stretches of this season… He already has two games with double figures in rebounds, and his 11 against Iona are the most by a Terrapin so far this season… His 8.8 rebounds-per-game average is among the top 10 in the ACC.
  • Junior forward James Padgett is third on the team in scoring (7.3 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.5). Amazingly, 20 of his 26 rebounds so far have come on the offensive glass.
  • Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon is only the eighth head coach in Maryland basketball history (1923-24) and only the fourth coach the Terps have had in the past 43 seasons (since Lefty Driesell became the new coach in 1969-70).Scouting The Eagles
  • Florida Gulf Coast had a record of 2-3 overall following a 60-50 loss at Miami on Tuesday night…. Sherwood Brown had 19 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out after playing 29 minutes in the game… Brown was 8-for-12 from the floor.
  • The Eagles lay claim to victories over Ave Maria University and Prairie View A&M, while they lost games to Texas Christian and Southern Methodist by one point each… Led by first-year head coach Andy Enfield, FGCU was picked to finish eighth of 10 teams in the Atlantic Sun preseason poll.
  • FGCU’s roster is laden with youth – seven of the 13 players are freshmen and two are seniors… Three Eagles average double figures in scoring, led by junior guard Sherwood Brown, who averages 11.8 ppg and 6.4 rpg.
  • Freshman guard Brett Comer scores at 11.2 ppg and averages 5.0 assists, with guard Bernard Thompson also scoring in double figures (10.8 ppg).
  • Christopher Varidel has connected on 11 of 24 3-pointers (.458) this season… As a team the Eagles are connecting at a .464 mark including .393 from 3-point range.

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Turgeon Formally Announces Maryland Staff

Posted on 20 May 2011 by WNST Staff

Here is the official release, courtesy of the Terps’ Sports Information Department…

TURGEON ANNOUNCES COACHING STAFF

Spinelli, Hill join Ranson as assistant coaches

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced Friday that Scott Spinelli, Dalonte Hill and Bino Ranson will be the assistant coaches on his new Terrapin staff. In addition, Dustin Clark has been hired as the director of basketball operations.

“I feel good about the talent of the assistant coaches we have assembled,” said Turgeon. “They all have their own unique abilities as coaches that, as a group, will make us complete. They all have been successful recruiting this part of the country and will be a big part of the resurgence of Maryland Basketball.”

Spinelli will join Turgeon for the sixth straight season, having worked with him during each of Turgeon’s four years at Texas A&M and for one season at Wichita State. He was the Aggies’ associate head coach and helped direct the program to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

Hill, a native of Washington, D.C., will join the Terrapins’ staff after six seasons at Kansas State. Long noted for his recruiting ties to the D.C. area, Hill helped a resurgence in the Wildcat basketball program that had Kansas State hit the 20-win plateau for a school-record five straight years.

Ranson will be retained as an assistant after he spent last season on the staff of retired coach Gary Williams. A native of Baltimore, Ranson has strong recruiting ties in that area and aided in the recent recruitment and retention of shooting guard Nick Faust.

Clark has been an athletics assistant for three years and, last year, moved into the role as team administrator on Turgeon’s staff with the Aggies. A graduate of Texas A&M, he has played an important role in recruiting and in the recent success of the Aggies’ basketball program.

Bios on the new staff members follow:

SCOTT SPINELLI

Hometown: Leominster, Mass.

Education: Boston University ‘89

Following five seasons on various staffs for head coach Mark Turgeon, Scott Spinelli comes to College Park to be part of the coaching staff at the University of Maryland.

“Scott is a bulldog recruiter with tremendous connection up and down the east coast,” said Turgeon. “He is also an excellent coach with a tremendous basketball mind.”

Spinelli sent four seasons with Turgeon as the associate head coach at Texas A&M, and was in the same position with Turgeon at Wichita State in 2006-07.

Prior to that, he was an assistant at Nebraska for three seasons, when he helped land two nationally-ranked recruiting classes. He was the Cornhuskers’ associate head coach in 2005-06. All-Big 12 center Aleks Maric was among the players he signed at Nebraska.

From 2001-03, Spinelli was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Loyola-Chicago. He helped the Ramblers to 32 wins over two seasons (2001-02 and 2002-03) — the program’s most in a two-year span since the mid-1980s — including a berth in the championship game of the 2002 Horizon League Tournament.

Spinelli recruited and developed Paul McMillan, a junior-college transfer who won the Horizon League’s Newcomer of the Year Award in 2003. His first recruiting class for the Ramblers also included Terrance Whiters, who was ranked among the top 70 overall prospects in the country and among the top 20 point guards by ESPN.com.

Spinelli has been recognized by several media outlets as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches. Before joining the Ramblers, Spinelli spent one year as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers, evaluating players in the Big East and Atlantic 10 conferences, along with high school players from the Northeast.

Spinelli served as an assistant coach for Cincinnati of the International Basketball League (IBL) in 1999-2000, helping the Stuff to an Eastern Conference regular-season championship.

Prior to his work in the IBL, Spinelli spent two years as associate head coach (1997-99) at American University in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for two nationally-recognized recruiting classes. Spinelli’s first collegiate coaching stop came at Wyoming in 1996-97.

He began his coaching career on the prep level in 1990 at the Milford Academy, where he spent three seasons as head coach. In 1993, Spinelli started the basketball program at The Winchendon School in Winchendon, Mass., where he produced several Division I players. The school remains one of the top prep school programs in the Northeast.

The Leominster, Mass., native earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 1989. As a student-athlete, Spinelli initially walked on with the Terriers before earning a scholarship as a point guard under Mike Jarvis, who went on to a successful stint as head coach at St. John’s.

Spinelli and his wife, Lynn, have three children: Gianna, Gabriel and Joseph.

SPINELLI CAREER

2007-11 – Associate Head Coach, Texas A&M
2006-07 – Associate Head Coach, Wichita State
2005-06 – Associate Head Coach, Nebraska
2003-05 – Assistant Coach, Nebraska
2001-03 – Assistant Coach, Loyola-Chicago
2000-01 – Scout, Philadelphia 76ers
1999-00 – Assistant Coach, Cincinnati Stuff
1997-99 – Associate Head Coach, American University
1996-97 – Assistant Coach, Wyoming
1993-96 – Head Coach, Winchendon (Mass.) School
1990-93 – Head Coach, Milford (N.Y.) Academy

DALONTE HILL

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Education: Charlotte ‘01

Noted as one of the top coaches and recruiters nationally, Dalonte Hill is coming home to the Washington, D.C., area to join the staff of head coach Mark Turgeon.

“It was great to be able to bring Dalonte home,” said Turgeon. “He is a terrific recruiter and will be a great addition to our staff. His relationships on the east coast will be huge for the growth of our program.”

A native of Washington, D.C., Hill was hired as an assistant coach at Kansas State by former head coach Bob Huggins in April 2006 after three seasons at Charlotte.  He was elevated to associate head coach and recruiting coordinator just over a year later upon the promotion of Frank Martin to head coach.

Hill played a significant role in helping to revitalize the K-State program, which has tallied five consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in school history.  With his help, the Wildcats have posted 118 wins the past five seasons, including 50 in Big 12 play, and have advanced to the postseason in an unprecedented five straight seasons, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

The 118 wins are the most in school history in a five-year span, shattering the previous mark of 107 wins set from 1957-62, while the 50 conference victories are the most since the squad posted 56 from 1971-76.  K-State is one of four Big 12 schools (along with Kansas, Texas and Texas A&M) in that span to total five 20-win seasons, while the Wildcats and Jayhawks are the only teams to finish in the top-4 in the Big 12 and receive a bye at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in each of the past five seasons.

Hill has also played a major role in helping Kansas State land some of the country’s best recruiting classes, including the nation’s top-rated class by Scout.com and Rivals.com in 2006, which included No. 1 recruit Michael Beasley and No. 6 recruit Bill Walker.  In 2008, he helped the Wildcats pull down their second top-20 class in the past three seasons, including their fourth McDonald’s All-American (and second in last four seasons) in Wally Judge.  The four-man class was rated 17th by Scout/ESPN.com and 18th by Rivals.com.

Hill spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Charlotte under Bobby Lutz.  He helped guide his alma mater to a 61-30 (.760) overall record and three consecutive postseason appearances from 2003-06, including a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament (2004, 2005).  He also helped the 49ers to a share of the 2004 Conference USA regular-season title as well as runner-up finishes in C-USA in 2004-05 and the Atlantic 10 in 2005-06.

During his tenure at Charlotte, Hill helped coach two All-Americans, one C-USA Player of the Year and seven all-conference players. Two 49ers earned All-America distinction as Eddie Basden and Curtis Withers were named to SI.com’s third team and honorable mention lists in 2005.  Withers was also named to Basketball Times’ All-America third team in 2004.  A two-time conference Defensive Player of the Year, Basden was selected as the 2005 Conference USA Player of the Year as well as the national Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.

Prior to joining the college ranks, Hill served two years as the head coach of the AAU’s DC Assault.

A three-year letterman at Charlotte from 1997-2000, Hill played on three postseason squads for the 49ers under head coaches Melvin Watkins and Bobby Lutz.  As a true freshman in 1997-98, he averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 26 games with one start for the 49ers in helping the squad to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 20-11 record.  As a sophomore, the 49ers captured the 1999 Conference USA Tournament title and once again advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round with a 23-11 record.  During the 1999-2000 season, he averaged 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 23 games with 11 starts in helping Charlotte earn a Postseason NIT bid with a 17-16 record.

Hill transferred to Bowie State for his senior season where he averaged 10.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in helping the Bulldogs to a 19-9 record.  He returned to Charlotte following the season to complete his bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2001.

Hill and his wife, Tish, have three daughters: Danae, Dakotah and Daeja.

HILL CAREER

2007-11 – Associate Head Coach, Kansas State
2006-07 – Assistant Coach, Kansas State
2003-06 – Assistant Coach, Charlotte
2001-03 – Head Coach D.C. Assault (AAU)

ORLANDO “BINO” RANSON

Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

Education: Southern New Hampshire ‘99

Orlando “Bino” Ranson was hired as an assistant coach at Maryland in the summer of 2010, and the halls of Comcast Center immediately lit up with energy. He has been retained on the staff by new head coach Mark Turgeon.

“Bino is a young man I have known for a long time, and I have watched him grow as a coach,” said Turgeon. “He is a grinder when it comes to recruiting and he has many connections all over the east coast.”

Ranson has strong ties to the Baltimore-Washington area, having coached for two seasons at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. He came to Maryland after one season as an assistant at Xavier, during which the Musketeers went 26-9 and reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. In his lone season on the staff of Maryland head coach Gary Williams in 2010-11, the Terrapins went 19-14.

Ranson said he’s followed the Maryland program for a long time and is familiar with its national reputation and rich history. He spent two years as an administrative assistant at Loyola University on the staff of long-time Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos.

Prior to Xavier, Ranson was an assistant coach at James Madison for one season, helping the Dukes to a 21-15 mark, the most wins by JMU in a season since 1992-93. The Dukes advanced in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament for the first time since 2003 and their berth in the College Insiders.com Tournament marked their first postseason appearance since 1994.

Ranson also worked for Matt Brady at Marist University for three seasons. The Red Foxes were 62-33 in those three seasons and won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season in 2007. That season, Marist won at Oklahoma State in the Postseason NIT.

Considered an outstanding recruiter, he helped bring in excellent classes at James Madison, Marist and Xavier. Ranson helped land Jay Gavin at Marist, who went on to become the MAAC Rookie of the Year.

Ranson coached at St. Frances Academy for two seasons before joining the Loyola staff. He handled St. Frances’ junior-varsity program, directing the 2003-04 team to a 24-5 record, titles in the MIAA and the Baltimore Catholic League. He also founded Team Baltimore, one of the top AAU programs in the Northeast.

Among the players Ranson worked with at the AAU level are Sean Mosley and Juan Dixon of Maryland, Ricky Harris of Massachusetts, Jermaine Dixon of Pittsburgh and Donte Greene of Syracuse.

A 1999 graduate of Southern New Hampshire with a B.S. in sports management, Ranson completed his collegiate career as one of the top players in the history of the school. He ranked seventh in career scoring (1,899 points), fifth in assists (598) and fourth in 3-point field goals (226) after lettering for four seasons. He was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in January 2007.

Ranson and his wife, Shannon, have two sons: Orlando and Bradshaw.

RANSON CAREER

2010-11 – Assistant Coach, Maryland
2009-10 – Assistant Coach, Xavier
2008-09 – Assistant Coach, James Madison
2004-05 to 2006-07 – Assistant Coach, Marist
2003-04 & 2004-05 – Administrative Assistant, Loyola, Md.
2001-02 to 2002-03 – Coach, St. Francis Academy

DUSTIN CLARK

Hometown: Waxahachie, Texas

Education: Texas A&M ‘07

Dustin Clark comes to the Maryland men’s basketball program as the director of basketball operations on the staff of head coach Mark Turgeon. In that role, Clark will be in charge of the administrative duties in the men’s basketball office, including scheduling, operations and travel.

“Dustin is one of the bright young coaches in this business,” said Turgeon. “He has tremendous passion for his job and will build great relationships with our current players. His understanding and experience of how I want the office and program to run is big in our transition.”

Clark spent five seasons with the Texas A&M basketball program. After serving as an athletics assistant for three years, he was the team administrator in the 2010-11 season. During his five seasons, the Aggies won 124 games, produced three NBA draft picks and had Turgeon earn back-to-back Big 12 Coach of the Year honors.

His duties included on-campus recruiting, coordination of recruiting correspondence, academic quality control and student-athlete affairs. Clark was the director of the Mark Turgeon Basketball Camp, as well as a coordinator for the Texas A&M Elite and Junior Elite camps. He has played a key role in helping the Aggies land multiple nationally ranked recruiting classes.

In 2008, the Aggies won the Preseason NIT and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the closing seconds to top-seeded UCLA. A&M closed the next regular season on a six-game winning streak and again reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

In 2010, Texas A&M reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament despite playing the second-toughest schedule in the nation. A year ago, the Aggies exploded to a 16-1 start, the best at the school in 91 years and earned its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid.

A native of Waxahachie, Texas, Clark received his degree from Texas A&M in 2007. Clark graduated from Avalon High School, where he was a four-year letterman in both basketball and baseball.

CLARK CAREER

2010-11 – Team Administrator, Texas A&M
2007-10 – Athletic Assistant, Texas A&M
2006-07 – Student Assistant, Texas A&M

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Terps make flimsy March statement in 80-66 loss at Miami

Posted on 02 March 2011 by Luke Jones

Depending on how you viewed Maryland’s remote NCAA tournament hopes entering Wednesday night’s game at Miami, it might not have mattered how the Terps fared against the Hurricanes.

If they needed to win the ACC tournament to secure an invitation to the field of 68, the outcome in the penultimate game of the regular season wouldn’t have changed anything on paper, right?

Following a 80-66 drubbing in Coral Gables, the Terps played as though they had similar thoughts in mind. Maryland looked every bit the part of a team with little to play for and after Malcolm Grant’s 3-pointer put the Hurricanes ahead 14-12 with 13:17 remaining in the first half, the Terps trailed the rest of the way.

Instead of beating a mediocre Miami squad to declare they would be a difficult out in Greensboro next week, the Terps (18-12, 7-8 ACC) made a different statement entirely by turning in their weakest performance of the season. Their blowout loss at home to Virginia Tech in January was brutal, but at least the Hokies appear on their way to the NCAA tournament — though a home loss to Boston College Tuesday made that less of a certainty for Seth Greenberg’s squad.

Sunday’s road loss to North Carolina was disappointing, but expected. Laying an egg at Miami — where the Terps are now 0-5 since the Hurricanes joined the ACC in 2005 — is simply inexcusable.

And it’s just the latest piece of evidence revealing why this team isn’t even in the neighborhood of the tournament bubble with Selection Sunday less than two weeks away.

Middle-of-the-road teams in a lackluster ACC just aren’t worthy of an invite to the Big Dance.

Perhaps the most humbling part of the Terps’ defeat to Miami is that the Hurricanes (18-12, 6-9 ACC) actually held a higher RPI (69th, according to RealTimeRPI.com) than Maryland (85th) entering the night. The number is far from a perfect metric, but it screams just how unimpressive the Terps’ postseason profile really is.

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Maryland’s defeat to the Hurricanes was far less about the final stats than it was about the lack of effort and urgency for a team playing its first game in March.

If you watched the Terps sleepwalk through the first half, you saw the lethargic body language. Gary Williams even substituted in freshman Mychal Parker — who had played a mere 10 minutes in conference play — before halftime to see if the gifted athlete could provide a spark.

After the Maryland coach undoubtedly roared at his sleepy team at halftime, the Terps responded on their first defensive trip down the floor by surrendering an offensive rebound and layup to Miami big man Reggie Johnson with four Maryland players in the paint.

A microcosm of a forgettable night.

Ironically, the Terps shot an impressive 9-for-18 from beyond the arc — an impressive clip for a team that’s struggled from the perimeter all season — but they negated the long-range success by shooting an abysmal 27 percent from 2-point range. Freshman Terrell Stoglin again led the Terps with 20 points, but had little working behind him, including a nightmarish 3-for-17 performance by Jordan Williams (11 points, 12 rebounds).

Miami thumped the Maryland defense, be it man-to-man or zone, by shooting nearly 55 percent from the field and making 12 of 23 attempts from 3-point range. Five Hurricanes reached double-digit scoring, led by Rion Brown’s 19 points off the pine.

In contrast, the Terps received a measly seven points from the bench, an area where the Terps have often received new life with Gary Williams’ revolving-door starting lineups this season.

After trailing by 13 at intermission, Maryland made its predictable second-half run, cutting the deficit to 50-45 after a Sean Mosley layup with 14:06 to play, but the Terps never got any closer after that 15-3 run, wilting again as Miami seized control down the stretch.

With only a chance to finish at .500 in the conference with a win over Virginia on Saturday, we can now lay to rest the unrealistic scenarios that were still being discussed by some — many of them not based in reality — about Maryland earning an at-large bid. Anything short of an ACC tournament championship will land the Terps in the NIT.

Maryland will need to win four straight against in four days. The Terps haven’t won four in a row all season and won three straight conference games only once.

Stranger things have happened, but if their statement against Miami was any predictor, the Terps’ stay in Greensboro won’t be a long one.

They looked like a team resigned to its fate.

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Maryland overwhelmed by UNC, 87-76, as at-large hopes go up in smoke

Posted on 28 February 2011 by Luke Jones

In a game the Terps needed to win to keep their at-large hopes alive for a bid to the NCAA tournament, North Carolina was the bigger, stronger, and faster team.

Gary Williams called timeout after timeout — burning his last one with 10:32 remaining in the game — to search for the right words or combination of players to ignite a spark.

But short of finding Juan Dixon or Greivis Vasquez sitting at the end of the bench — or at least a Lonny Baxter to counterbalance the Tar Heels’ dominant frontcourt — it wasn’t going to matter.

The Terps ran into a buzz saw that was simply better than them in an 87-76 loss in Chapel Hill Sunday night. Short of a miracle run in Greensboro, N.C. in two weeks, Maryland saw its tournament hopes fade away in a similar fashion to many of their losses this season.

A respectable effort, but just not good enough.

North Carolina’s frontcourt combination of Tyler Zeller and John Henson combined for 35 points and 21 rebounds as the Tar Heels racked up 19 offensive rebounds, 14 coming in the first half to build a 43-31 lead at intermission. The Heels’ 46-42 edge in rebounding failed to tell how lopsided it was in that department, particularly in the first half when North Carolina thrived on second-chance opportunities.

The Tar Heels’ freshman combination of Harrison Barnes (21 points) and Kendall Marshall (10 assists) was terrific while sophomore Leslie McDonald came off the bench to add 15 points and three 3-pointers.

To be fair, North Carolina (22-6, 12-2 ACC) played like a group staking its claim as the ACC’s best team with a home rematch against Duke only six days away to likely determine the conference’s regular season champion.

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Maryland received another sterling effort from freshman Terrell Stoglin who scored a career-high 28 points, his sixth straight double-digit performance. Sophomore Jordan Williams, battling a stomach bug, added 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds but was clearly not 100 percent against North Carolina’s massive front line.

After that for the Terps?

Not a whole lot.

The senior trio of Dino Gregory, Cliff Tucker, and Adrian Bowie combined for just 16 points on 7-for-19 shooting in a game the Terps needed to win to avoid ending up where the three played to conclude their first season at Maryland: the NIT.

The Terps went 2-for-12 from 3-point range, making a double-digit deficit too steep to overcome in the second half.

Despite the optimism created by consecutive wins over NC State and Florida State, Maryland reverted back into the team it’s looked like all season against tougher competition.

One that doesn’t have enough to make the NCAA tournament.

While optimists will point out that Maryland doesn’t have a bad loss to its name and will envision possible scenarios that might get the Terps invited to the Big Dance — short of the automatic bid that accompanies winning the ACC tournament, of course — they’ll only be grasping at straws.

An 0-6 record against top-25 teams and a lone win against top-50 RPI teams (1-9 overall) doesn’t warrant mention in the conversation, let alone recognition as a bubble team.

Two wins in Greensboro over an ACC bottom feeder and Virginia Tech or Florida State won’t do it for the selection committee. A trip to the final along with other bubble scenarios falling perfectly in Maryland’s favor might make the selection show worth watching, but still won’t leave the Terps in great shape.

Cutting down the nets at the Greensboro Coliseum — the same place where John Gilchrist and company did it in 2004 — looks to be Maryland’s only key to opening the door for a spot in the field of 68.

So what’s next for Maryland?

The silver lining in Sunday’s loss to the Tar Heels was another tremendous performance by Stoglin, playing his first game at the Dean Dome with everything on the line for the Terps.

Not only has Stoglin improved from his early season struggles to adjust to the college game, but it now looks like Gary Williams has the makings of a special player on his hands the next three years.

But now, Maryland (18-11, 7-7 ACC) must turn its attention to the final week of the regular season (a game at Miami Wednesday followed by Virginia at home on Saturday) and the near-impossible task of winning the ACC tournament to make it to the Big Dance.

The Terps’ three seniors must take a long look at themselves to determine how they want to be remembered in College Park. Aside from Gregory’s steady improvement, it’s been a terribly disappointing year for the group.

Entering the season, the biggest question facing the Terps would be how much the three seniors and junior Sean Mosley would step up to fill roles more critical to the team’s success. They — or some combination of the four — would need to provide the leadership and much of the production left behind by Vasquez, Eric Hayes, and Landon Milbourne.

With the Terps now finding themselves locked into the crosshairs of the NIT and needing to rely on a freshman as the only consistent scoring complement to Jordan Williams, the verdict to that question has become pretty clear.

It hasn’t been enough. And it’s why the Terps find themselves on the outside looking in with March on the way.

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Maryland’s tournament hopes still alive after 78-62 win over FSU

Posted on 24 February 2011 by Luke Jones

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — If their NCAA tournament chances were flatlining following back-to-back road losses to Boston College and Virginia Tech, the Terps discovered a pulse, if only a faint one, on Wednesday night.

Five Maryland players reached double-digit scoring, and the Terps held Florida State to just 39 percent shooting in the second half to seize a convincing 78-62 win over the Seminoles, their first win over a top-50 RPI school this season.

It was the type of performance Gary Williams was waiting for all season despite an ominous start to the evening at Comcast Center.

With the “Wall” nearly empty at tip-off (see below) and not filling much more during the game, the veteran coach was clearly displeased with the lack of student support — evident in his post-game comments thanking those in attendance for “not giving up” and pointing out negativity in the student newspaper.

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Williams couldn’t have felt much better when the Seminoles sprung out to a 9-2 lead two minutes into the game with all points coming from the sharp-shooting Deividas Dulkys. The opening looked and felt like the disastrous 12-0 start against Virginia Tech last month, a game in which the Terps never found the energy or effort to make it competitive in a 17-point home loss.

Instead of sleepwalking as it did against the Hokies, Maryland awoke from the early lapse to answer Florida State’s high-energy level in what amounted to a frenetic first half before the Terps overwhelmed the Seminoles after intermission, outscoring them, 40-25. Defensively, the Terps (18-10, 7-6 ACC) held Florida State to 39 percent shooting in the second half to complete one of its best all-around performances of the season.

“Guys are getting comfortable with each other,” said Williams, who labeled his team’s man-to-man defense in the second half the finest it had played in awhile. “It takes time. Landon [Milbourne], Eric Hayes and Greivis [Vasquez] were four-year seniors [last year]. Now we’ve got three freshmen out there some of the time. It’s a little different.”

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Whether the gelling of this team has come too late remains to be seen, but the Terps took a step toward the postseason bubble — they’re not there yet — with a win over the third-place team in the ACC.

Chris Singleton or not — Florida State was without its leading scorer for the second straight game after the junior broke his right foot against Virginia on Feb. 12 — this was a big one for a Maryland team needing a quality win for both its hollow tournament resume and confidence with March quickly approaching.

Florida State entered the game leading the country in field-goal percentage defense, but Maryland shot 51 percent from the field, becoming only the second team to reach the 50-percent mark against the Seminoles this season. The Terps did it without a dominating performance from Jordan Williams, who still earned his 21st double-double of the year with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

After searching all season for a consistent scoring option behind the sophomore star, freshman Terrell Stoglin turned in a strong 17-point performance — 14 coming in the second half — but was only one of four other Terps (Dino Gregory, Adrian Bowie, and Sean Mosley the others) to contribute double digits to the point total. Maryland also went 7-for-14 from 3-point range after attempting only one shot from beyond the arc in Sunday’s win over North Carolina State.

The balanced effort certainly builds confidence as the Terps are now faced with a trip to Chapel Hill to challenge No. 19 North Carolina on Sunday night. A win over the Tar Heels would propel Maryland back into the NCAA tournament discussion, which is about as much as the Terps can ask for at this stage.

“This [win] definitely builds our confidence,” said Jordan Williams, who passed the 600-rebound mark for his career and joined Joe Smith as only the second Terp to reach the plateau as a sophomore. “North Carolina is a great team with a great coach. We are excited for the challenge.”

A tall challenge it will be as Maryland has a final attempt to beat a top-25 opponent in the regular season. Of course, the Terps have found themselves knocking loudly for a big victory several times this the season.

Only to smash their fingers in the door at the worst possible time.

Though a win seems unlikely, Sunday’s meeting with the Tar Heels is the kind of game Gary Williams has managed to win many times throughout his distinguished career.

Left for dead a little over a week ago, Maryland is suddenly playing like a team that doesn’t want to settle for the NIT.

“We’re a better team now,” Gary Williams said. “I knew it would be a process this year. It takes time to develop a team. I think we’re laying the groundwork here with this year’s team for very good things to happen in the future, but we want to win as many games as we can this year.”

The Terps still have a long way to go to even think about the bubble, their body of work, or their RPI (a modest 85th entering Wednesday night’s game), but they inched a step closer to the discussion with a win over one of the better teams in the conference.

And for now, that’s all Gary Williams and the Terps can do.

An even larger step will be available Sunday night.

NOTES: Maryland is 7-0 against the Seminoles in Comcast Center. … Williams’ double-double left him one shy of the single-season school record set by Len Elmore (22) in 1974. … Stoglin is averaging 19.2 points per game over his last five contests and has made 23 of 24 free throws in his last three games. … Gregory’s 14 points gave him double-digit scoring for the fifth consecutive game. … Five Terps reached double-digit scoring for the fourth time in the last five games. The exception was Sunday’s win over NC State when Maryland had four players in double figures.

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