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Len Suffers Twisted Ankle In Maryland Loss

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Len Suffers Twisted Ankle In Maryland Loss

Posted on 21 January 2012 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The University of Maryland Terrapins played without C Alex Len in the second half of their 73-60 loss to the Temple University Owls Saturday at The Palestra.

Head coach Mark Turgeon downplayed the significance of the injury after the loss, describing it as “just a twisted ankle.” Turgeon would offer no timetable for Len’s return to action, only saying that he “hoped” the freshman center would be available when the Terps host Duke Wednesday night at Comcast Center in College Park.

Len was seen leaving Maryland’s locker room Saturday afternoon in Philly without any apparent limp. He watched the second half of Saturday’s game from the bench after receiving treatment on the ankle. Len was not made available to reporters following the game.

Maryland actually out-rebounded Temple in the second half 17-14 with Len on the bench. C/F’s James Padgett and Ashton Pankey combined for 24 minutes on the floor after intermission and Turgeon extensively used a four guard lineup.

Turgeon also said senior G/F Sean Mosley played through an ankle injury he re-aggravated in Tuesday night’s loss at Florida State. Turgeon said Mosley was unable to practice Thursday, giving the Terps only one day to fully practice with their smaller lineup, which received much use in the second half.

Mosley was also not made available to reporters following the game but is not a concern to miss time.

-Glenn Clark

Here is Turgeon’s complete postgame press conference…

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Maryland Steps Out of ACC to Visit Temple Saturday

Posted on 20 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland (12-5) at Temple (12-5)
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 | 11 a.m. | The Palestra
ESPNU | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

Maryland hits the road for a Saturday-morning test against Temple at the storied Palestra. The Terrapins and Owls come into today’s game with identical 12-5 records. The Terps are attempting to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time this season.

The game is the last non-conference test in the regular season for Maryland. The Terps are 10-3 so far outside the Atlantic Coast Conference, including a 2-2 mark in neutral-site games. Today’s matchup with Temple is Maryland’s first non-conference matchup of the year.

Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin led Maryland with 27 points and four assists on Tuesday at Florida State. Stoglin remains the leading scorer in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 21.2 points per game and was sixth in the nation in scoring coming into the game at FSU. Stoglin has an ACC-best 12 games with at least 20 points and is the only player in the league thus far with a pair of 30-point games.

Stoglin is third in the ACC in 3-point percentage (.413) and second in 3-pointers per game (2.6). He has made 29 of 61 (.475) in the last seven games for the Terrapins. His 45 this season are already fourth on the list for sophomores at Maryland. Greivis Vasquez had 64 for the Terps as a sophomore in 2008.

Senior Sean Mosley is closing on a number of milestones in his versatile and memorable Maryland career. Against Florida State, he became the 40th Terrapin in history with 500 career rebounds. He is 43 points away from becoming the 50th Terrapin in history with 1,000 career points and is 50 minutes away from becoming the 21st Terrapin to play 3,000 minutes in his career.Scouting the Owls

Temple improved to 12-5 overall and 2-2 in the Atlantic-10 with its 76-70 home win over La Salle on Wednesday… The Owls come in at No. 24 in the most recently released RPI and have a 4-1 record at home, with the sole loss coming to Dayton on Jan. 7.

A trio of guards account for a little more than 63 percent of Temple’s scoring: senior Ramone Moore leads the team with 17.0 ppg, junior Khalif Wyatt is averaging 16.4 ppg and senior Juan Fernandez is contributing 11.5 ppg… All three rank in the top 10 of the A-10 in scoring.

Wyatt has a 21.0 ppg average over the last four games, all conference contests, and is shooting 42.1 percent from 3PT this season… 6-foot-6 junior forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson is the fourth Owl in the starting lineup averaging double figures at 10.1 ppg…

In the absence of Michael Eric, a 6-foot-11 forward who was averaging 11.3 rpg and 10.5 ppg but has missed the last 13 games with an injury, the Owls have turned to redshirt freshman Anthony Lee in the starting lineup… Lee is averaging 7.1 rpg, 5.9 ppg and has a team-high 31 blocks…

Temple ranks second in the A-10 in 3FG% at .392… In addition to Wyatt shoting 42.1 percent, Aaron Brown is shooting 40.4 percent and Fernandez is shooting 38.7 percent from long range.

Upcoming

The Terrapins return home for two games the next week, playing host to Duke on Wednesday, 1/25 on the night when Gary Williams Court is dedicated and Virginia Tech on Saturday, 1/28…

Maryland has only three home games and six road contests in the month of February.

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Maryland Faces Tough Test Tuesday Night at FSU

Posted on 17 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland (12-4, 2-1) at Florida State (11-6, 2-1)
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 | 9 p.m. | Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
ESPNU | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland takes the momentum off back-to-back wins in the Atlantic Coast Conference to Tallahassee for a Tuesday-night matchup with Florida State. The game matches teams with identical 2-1 records in the league standings, part of a five-way tie behind league-leading Duke. Both the Terrapins and Seminoles have won their last two straight.
  • The Terrapins are playing their second game in three days, as they beat Georgia Tech at home, 61-50, on Sunday afternoon. The Terps were on a plane at 4:30 p.m. Monday on the way to Tallahassee for the 9 p.m. tipoff against FSU. Maryland faces a similar turnaround in mid-February when it plays at home against Boston College (2/16) and heads to Virginia for a 2/18 afternoon game.
  • Maryland has won nine of its last 10 games, with the lone loss in that stretch being a 79-74 defeat at NC State on 1/8 in the ACC opener. Prior to the loss to the Wolfpack, the Terrapins had won seven straight. The Terps have turned up the defensive pressure of late, holding their last eight opponents to .403 shooting from the floor, a .289 mark from 3-point range and a 63.9 ppg scoring average.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley had an outstanding outing Sunday in the win over Georgia Tech. He scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the second half, including the final seven Maryland points. His clutch 3-pointer with 3:08 left came after Tech had pulled within four points. Mosley went 10-for-10 at the free-throw line against the Yellow Jackets, marking the 19th time in school history a Terp had been perfect from the line with at least 10 attempts.
  • Free throws have been increasingly important to Maryland of late. The Terrapins have outscored their opponents at the line 13 times in 16 games and are 12-1 in those 13 games.

    Scouting the Seminoles

  • After a 90-57 win over then-No. 3 North Carolina on Saturday, Florida State has an 11-6 overall record including 2-1 in the ACC and 9-1 at home…
  • The Seminoles are a strong defensive team, as they lead the conference in field goal percentage defense (.361), blocks (6.8 bpg) and steals (8.8 spg)… Though North Carolina leads the ACC in scoring offense averaging 85.2 ppg, Florida State held the Tar Heels to 57 points on .373 shooting.
  • Deividas Dulkys led the way in Florida State’s win over North Carolina by pouring in 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting, earning ACC Player of the Week honors… The senior guard knocked down 8 of 10 3-pointers and also had four steals as the Seminoles forced 22 Tar Heel turnovers.
  • Leading scorer Michael Snaer is averaging 13.2 ppg and had 17 against North Carolina.
  • Bernard James, a 6-foot-10 senior forward, is averaging 10.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg and is shooting .573 from the field… James’ 2.3 blocks per game rank fourth in the ACC and he is third in the conference in offensive rebounding at 3.5 rpg, behind James Padgett and North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller…
  • 6-foot-11 forward/center Xavier Gibson joins James in the FSU starting frontcourt and is chipping in 7.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg.

    Upcoming

    Maryland faces its last non-conference matchup of the regular season on Saturday, 1/21 against Temple in The Palestra…

    The Terrapins return home for two games the next week, playing host to Duke on Wednesday, 1/25 on the night when Gary Williams Court is dedicated and Virginia Tech on Saturday, 1/28…

    Maryland has only three home games and six road contests in the month of February.

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Go Time For Mosley As Terps Pick Up First ACC Win

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Go Time For Mosley As Terps Pick Up First ACC Win

Posted on 11 January 2012 by Glenn Clark

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Before opening his first season as the new basketball coach at the University of Maryland, Mark Turgeon took the microphone at the school’s annual “Maryland Madness” event to address the Comcast Center crowd.

At the end of his address, Turgeon prepared to pass the mic to the only four year senior on his roster, G Sean Mosley (St. Frances). Turgeon introduced the former Baltimore prep star as “the most important person in (his) life right now.”

Mosley proved how important he really was in helping the coach to his first ever Atlantic Coast Conference victory as a head coach.

The senior scored 15 points, including a crucial hoop from the paint off a missed Alex Len free throw with 8:37 to play in the game that kept the Terrapins out of reach of Wake Forest University in a 70-64 win Wednesday night.

The Terps (11-4, 1-1 ACC) badly needed the bucket after squandering what was once an 18 point lead late in the first half. The Demon Deacons (10-6, 1-1 ACC) had trimmed Maryland’s lead to three by the time Len got to the stripe, but was extended right back to six thanks to Mosley’s board and hoop.

“I just wanted it more” Mosley said of the big rebound. “My mentality is to just go get after the ball. I had the opportunity to get it, so I knew I needed to get it.”

Despite coming off the bench as punishment for a violation that Turgeon wouldn’t identify but did described as “nothing major”, G Terrell Stoglin again lead Maryland in scoring with 20 points. But Stoglin struggled from the field (6-18 for the game, 2-11 in the second half), which made Mosley’s contributions that much more significant.

(Turgeon did add “I’m trying to make Terrell a man” and noted that Stoglin’s parents were “on board” when asked about the sophomore’s benching.)

“It helps a lot” Stoglin said of Mosley’s effort. “It takes a lot of pressure off and it helps the team because it just opens positions for everyone else to score when Sean is scoring.”

Mosley was particularly effective from the field in the first half, hitting four of six shots from the field, including two of three attempts from beyond the arc. Foul trouble limited his effectiveness in the second frame (he would eventually foul out), but not before netting the big hoop off the Len miss.”

“(Mosley) was great early and we weren’t very good early in the first four or eight minutes” Turgeon said after the win. “He guarded well and played well. He probably had the play of the game (getting) the offensive rebound on the missed free throw to put us up six. That was a huge play for us because we didn’t have much going.”

After being a big time scorer in the Baltimore Catholic League, Mosley has struggled at times to get going offensively during his career at Maryland. He averaged 10.1 points per game during his sophomore season but followed it up with just 8.1 points per game last year. It was a particularly disappointing drop off as the school had lost a trio of scorers in Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne and had hoped Mosley could make up some of the offense.

Mosley entered Wednesday night’s game averaging 10.4 points per game this season, making him the second best offensive option among players who have played every game. (Len entered the game averaging 13.5 points in four career games but scored only five in the win over the Deacs.)

As a senior, Turgeon’s expectations have remained high for Mosley.

“Sean is a senior, so it’s ‘go time’” the coach stated. “The next two months are a battle and he’s been through it, so he’s ready for it and it’s contagious.”

Mosley said he welcomed the challenge of leading the team during the final months of his college career.

“Definitely. Each and every day in practice I try to work as hard as I can and try to get the guys to follow. With great leaders like (PG) Pe’Shon (Howard) and myself, other guys can step up and just make big plays and carry the team. You don’t have to score every point in the game, it starts with the defensive end. When we get stops and run-we’re pretty good in transition-it helps us out a lot.”

While there’s an argument that the start of conference play represents “go time” for all Maryland players, it especially important for Mosley. This is his final chance to make an impact and alter his legacy with the program.

With 14 more conference games (and one key non-conference visit to Temple) still on the schedule, “Go Time” got a very important rev Wednesday night.

-G

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Terps Shoot For First ACC Win Wednesday Against Wake

Posted on 11 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Wake Forest (10-5, 1-0) at Maryland (10-4, 0-1)
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Comcast Center
RSN/CSN-Plus | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

The Wake Forest game on 1/11 will begin at 7 p.m. due to television commitments, a departure from Maryland’s normal 8 p.m. weeknight starts. Fans are encouraged to arrive on campus early and to pay attention to area traffic reports. Campus Public Safety officials suggest avoiding the Campus Drive entrance off U.S. Route 1.

Maryland returns to Comcast Center for the first of back-to-back home games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents when it plays host to Wake Forest on Wednesday night. The Terrapins lost their ACC opener at NC State on Sunday, 79-74, while the Demon Deacons won at home, 58-55, over Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Redshirt freshman center Alex Len earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Monday after posting his first career double-double against NC State. Len had 12 points and 11 rebounds against the Wolfpack, also adding two blocked shots. In his four games so far, Len has missed only six shots from the floor (20-for-26, .769) and is averaging 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin continues his hot streak for the Terrapins. He had six 3-pointers against the Wolfpack, marking the third time in the last four games he’s had six treys in a game. Stoglin has moved into second place in the league in 3-point percentage (.429) and third in the ACC in 3-pointers per game (2.6). He is 20-for-36 (.556) behind the arc in the last four games.

Stoglin remains atop the ACC in scoring, now with a 21.4 ppg average. He is sixth in the nation in scoring through last Sunday’s games, and has scored at least 20 points in an ACC-best 10 games this season. His +9.8 improvement in scoring average from a year ago is also tops in the league this season.
 

Senior forward Sean Mosley had 12 points Sunday against the Wolfpack, marking his second straight game with double figures in scoring (also a team-high 19 vs. Cornell). He is now 11 rebounds away from becoming the 40th Terrapin in history with 500 career rebounds. Mosley already ranks among the Terrapins’ top 20 in career steals, now with 129.

Maryland’s improved play of late has come both in defense and rebounding – two keys to success for Mark Turgeon-coached teams. In their last six games, Maryland is allowing opponents a .406 shooting percentage, while the Terps have held an advantage or matched their opponents’ rebounds seven times in the last eight games.

Maryland leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 64-56, including a sweep of the two games last season. The Terrapins are 7-2 against the Deacs in their last nine outings and own a 4-2 edge in Comcast Center.

Scouting the Demon Deacons

Wake Forest is 10-5 overall and 1-0 in the ACC after dispatching Virginia Tech 58-55 on Saturday… The Demon Deacons have won four of the last five, with the only loss over the last three weeks coming at home to Wofford.

Wake possesses two of the top four scorers in the league in C.J. Harris and Travis McKie… Harris, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, ranks second in the conference with 18.3 ppg, while McKie, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward, ranks fourth with 17.5 ppg… Combined, the duo accounts for a shade over 51 percent of the team’s scoring, and both are efficient shooters – Harris ranks fifth in the league in FG% (.551) and McKie ranks seventh (.503)… Additionally, Harris has made 27 of 49 attempts (.551) from 3-point range this season.

The third scoring option for the Demon Deacons is sophomore guard Tony Chennault, who is averaging 11.1 ppg and leads the team with 40 assists and 19 steals.

The Demon Deacons have size up front with a pair of 7-foot centers in Carson Desrosiers and Ty Walker… Desrosiers ranks third in the conference with 40 blocks and had four in the win over Virginia Tech despite playing just 16 minutes… Walker, a senior, earned his first start of the season against the Hokies and is averaging 4.3 ppg and 4.8 rpg… Despite that, Wake ranks 11th in the conference in rebounding margin (minus-3.6 rpg).

Upcoming

Maryland returns to Comcast Center for back-to-back conference games against Wake Forest (Wednesday, 1/11, 7 p.m.) and Georgia Tech (Sunday, 1/15, 4 p.m.) before heading back out on the road at Florida State (Tuesday, 1/17, 9 p.m.) and at Temple (Saturday, 1/21, 11 a.m.) the next week.

Notable

The 9th annual coat drive, hosted by Shawne Merriman’s “Lights On Foundation,” will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 11 during the men’s basketball game with Wake Forest. Fans are encouraged to donate any new or gently-used coats, hats, scarves and mittens for distribution to those in need through the local area.

 

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Maryland Opens ACC Play Sunday Night at NC State

Posted on 07 January 2012 by WNST Staff

Maryland (10-3, 0-0) at NC State (11-4, 0-0)
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 | 6 p.m. | RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C.
ESPNU | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland enters a hostile enviroment for the first time in the 2011-12 season when it travels to NC State for a Sunday Night battle in Raleigh. The game is the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. The Terrapins have played four games away from Comcast Center this season, but all have been neutral-site matchups (three in San Juan, P.R.; one in Washington, D.C., at Verizon Center).
  • Head coach Mark Turgeon makes his ACC debut also against the Wolfpack with a team that has played just three games with its full complement of players. Sophomore point guard Pe’Shon Howard has played in four games after returning from a broken left foot and 7-foot-1 center Alex Len has played in three games since coming off a 10-game NCAA suspension due to amateurism guidelines.
  • The Terrapins are coming off a perfect December than spilled into a seven-game winning streak with their 70-62 victory over Cornell last Tuesday. A win over the Wolfpack would give Maryland its first eight-game winning streak since the Terps opened the 2006-07 season with an 8-0 start.
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin continues to lead the ACC in scoring, now with a 21.2 ppg average. Stoglin, who enters the weekend sixth in the nation in scoring, is the only player in the league averaging over 20 points per game and is the only ACC player with two 30-point games this season. He also has a league-best nine 20-point games this year.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley led Maryland against Cornell on Tuesday with a strong effort. He scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out two assists and had two steals in a 28-minute start. He hit 6 of 9 from the floor and was one of three Terps who were 5-for-6 from the foul line.

    Scouting the Wolfpack

  • NC State heads into Sunday night’s matchup riding a five-game winning streak, with the last four victories coming at home by an average margin of 24 points…
  • In his first season at the school, Mark Gottfried has led the Wolfpack to an 11-4 overall record… Two of the four losses came to teams currently ranked in the Associated Press top 25 poll: Syracuse (No. 1) and Indiana (No. 12).
  • Only two teams in the ACC – Duke and North Carolina – shoot a better percentage from the field than NC State… The Wolfpack have hit at a .481 clip thus far, as three of its top five scorers are shooting better than 50 percent: forwards C.J. Leslie (.531) and Richard Howell (.533) and guard C.J. Williams (.533).
  • All five NC State starters average double figures in scoring, led by Leslie’s 13.0 ppg… The Pack normally go three forwards and two guards, with the aforementioned Leslie, Howell and Scott Wood in the front court and Williams and Lorenzo Brown in the backcourt…
  • Wood, a 6-foot-6 junior, leads the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.471), with 40 of his 52 made field goals this season coming from long range… Brown, meanwhile, leads the league in steals (1.9 pg) and ranks second with 6.7 assists per game.
  • The Pack, led by Howell and Leslie, is also strong on the boards… Howell is third in the ACC in rebounding (9.9 rpg) while Leslie chips in 6.2 per game… As a team, NC State is outrebounding its opponents by an average margin of 7.8 per game, a mark that ranks second in the conference behind North Carolina.

    Upcoming

    Maryland returns to Comcast Center for back-to-back conference games against Wake Forest (Wednesday, 1/11, 7 p.m.) and Georgia Tech (Sunday, 1/15, 4 p.m.) before heading back out on the road at Florida State and at Temple the next week.

  • Of Note

  • The 8th annual coat drive, hosted by Shawne Merriman’s “Lights On Foundation,” will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 11 during the men’s basketball game with Wake Forest. Fans are encouraged to donate any new or gently-used coats, hats, scarves and mittens for distribution to those in need through the local area.
  • The Wake Forest game on 1/11 will begin at 7 p.m. due to television commitments, a departure from Maryland’s normal 8 p.m. weeknight starts. Fans are encouraged to arrive on campus early and to pay attention to area traffic reports. Campus Public Safety officials suggest avoiding the Campus Drive entrance off U.S. Route 1.

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Inconsistent showing by Terps tempers expectations for start of ACC play

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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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Wild Expectations Only Greater After Len Debuts in Maryland Win

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Wild Expectations Only Greater After Len Debuts in Maryland Win

Posted on 28 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Perhaps a statement from an athlete has never been more accurate.

“I’m ready to play.”

The words were uttered to close a video package before starting lineups were introduced Wednesday night at Comcast Center. The words were uttered by freshman Alex Len ahead of his long-awaited debut for the University of Maryland.

Len saw his first action as a Terrapin after missing the team’s first 10 games due to suspension. (The NCAA suspended him for a violation of amateurism guidelines based on club team play in his native Ukraine.)

He didn’t disappoint.

Len showed just how ready he was when he stuffed home an alley-oop pass from Sean Mosley just 54 seconds into the game. The surprisingly large Winter Break crowd exploded and a likely love affair was officially underway.

The early electricity was possible because head coach Mark Turgeon decided to start Len in his debut, a decision that was apparently weeks in the making.

“I kind of decided two weeks ago that I probably should (start Alex Len) because in the long run, he has the potential to be pretty good and be our best guy” Turgeon said after the win. “I didn’t know who I was going to start, but I knew I was going to start Alex.”

The big man would go on to score 14 points, grab eight rebounds and add three blocks as the Terrapins (8-3) would pull away from the University of Albany (7-6) 83-72. With the debut of Len and the return of injured G Pe’Shon Howard just days earlier, the Terps finally had their full complement of eight scholarship players and posted their first double digit victory of the season.

Len didn’t necessary “lead” the Terrapins to the win over the Great Danes (G Terrell Stoglin once again posted a team high with 22 points and Howard scored 11 to go with a Maryland season high eight assists), but it was clear to his teammates that Len’s presence made a significant difference.

“It opened up the plays more” noted Stoglin. “It gave us more opportunities to get into the game. We are a deeper team now with a good bench. We are looking more like a team now.”

Specifically, Stoglin said “Alex is an offensive threat. He is a great passer. If we get him the ball down low we can expect it to get back to us. We can play inside-out more now.”

While Len didn’t record an assist in the final stats, he certainly displayed a level of passing that helped the team settle more into a half-court offense.

As a point guard, Howard said he deliberately worked to get the ball inside to Len early on. “That was one of my goals. I wanted to get everyone involved. Coach (Turgeon) told us that adding another piece, we were almost starting over.”

Howard appreciated what the team received from the new big man.

“He was very impressive. When we were eating (pregame meal) he seemed nervous. He said during Midnight Madness he was very nervous and shaky. In practice he was doing well but we weren’t sure how he was going to handle the game. The first play was the alley-oop. He came out and played very well. I was happy for him because of everything he has been through. He has gone through all the practice without playing which is tough.”

Len was not made available to the media after the game as he still works to get past the language barrier. He didn’t really need to speak for his immediate impact to be understand.

Late in the second half, Maryland students began a “We love Alex” chant after Turgeon substituted him out during an offensive/defensive switch. His every move was met with anticipation from the crowd. There was a sense of significance to his presence throughout the game.

This Maryland team is still establishing what they have the potential to be during Atlantic Coast Conference season. It is significant that they have two more games to play outside of the ACC (Samford Saturday and Cornell January 3rd) to allow them to keep adjusting to the return of Howard and addition of Len. Turgeon said he expected to further tinker with the starting lineup (senior G Sean Mosley and redshirt freshman F Ashton Pankey joined Len, Howard & Stoglin Wednesday night) and would like to see the deeper group run a bit more.

The anchor appears to be Len, whose 7’1″, 225 pound frame won’t always be more beefy than opponents, but who showed the necessary aggressiveness to compete with even those who will be capable of matching up against him.

Len has never matched up with the likes of North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller or Duke’s Mason Plumlee and will still have much to do when it comes to acclimating himself to ACC basketball. Humorously, Turegon said that an offensive goaltending call on Len in Wednesday night’s win would not have been whistled in the Ukraine, but instead would have been applauded as a play that counted for two points.

It is hard to prevent wild expectations for the young man given the wild nature of his already existing legend. Great Danes coach Will Brown said he received an impressive scouting report on Len just before his team faced the big man.

“20 minutes before the game, I guess (Maryland assistant) Scott Spinelli tells my assistant that (former Kansas & NBA coach) Larry Brown was at practice the other day and said the kid’s going to be a lottery pick. That’s the last thing you want to hear about the opposing team when you know nothing about him and you’re about to take the court.”

Brown’s own assessment after the game seemed to match that of the Hall of Famer.

“That kid’s going to be good. He might be a lottery pick one day with his frame and skill.”

This is usually the part where I bring the expectations back to earth, but perhaps even I will have to defer to the coaches. It was just one game, but this kid could truly make a difference for a rebuilding Maryland program.

-G

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After Wake Up Call, Pankey Delivers For Terps

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After Wake Up Call, Pankey Delivers For Terps

Posted on 14 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — There wasn’t much said about the “coaches’ decision” that saw University of Maryland F Ashton Pankey log just one minute in the Terrapins’ 78-71 win over Notre Dame December 4 in the BB&T Classic.

Head Coach Mark Turgeon never elaborated much about the reasons why he limited Pankey’s play, and the redshirt freshman kept tight lips both in the media and on Twitter. The only thing that was clear from both parties was frustration.

“Sometimes as a coach you have to do the things you have to do to get guys to do what they’re supposed to do” head coach Mark Turgeon told reporters following the Terps’ 65-61 win over Florida International University Wednesday night at Comcast Center. “I’m proud of Ashton. He could have reacted a different way, but he’s reacted the right way. It started in practice after the Notre Dame game and he’s been good.”

After what Pankey said could be fairly described as a “wake up call”, the young man from The Bronx, New York posted his second straight 13 point performance as the Terps (6-3) rallied from what was at one point a double digit deficit to survive a game Panthers (3-7) effort.

“I think it was definitely a big thing for me” Pankey told reporters after the victory. “I think it was the biggest thing of my career. Sitting out the Notre Dame game, I think it was Coach (Turgeon) sending me a message. He wants me to be willing to lead on this team even though I’m a freshman. I think I have definitely stepped up in terms of being a leader and being a good teammate. (I’ve been) talking to guys and telling them where they need to be on defense and other stuff like that. I think it has been working (in) my advantage.”

Pankey’s 13 point effort against FIU was even more impressive than his similar effort seven days earlier against Mount St. Mary’s. Not only because he added six rebounds, but also because the effort came after suffering a cut to the lip in the first half that forced him to need three stitches. Pankey was able to play less than five minutes of game time in the first frame due to the stitches.

In the second half Pankey totaled 11 points to help Maryland outscore the Panthers 38-27 and hold on for victory. He also had a stretch where he made two big blocks in a matter of seconds and drilled two free throws near the end of the game to help seal the win. He played nearly the entire second half (19 minutes) after missing most of the first half.

Pankey opened the season with 13 points and eight rebounds in the team’s 71-62 over UNC-Wilmington November 13, but had struggled to find consistency on the floor before sitting out most of the win over the Fighting Irish at Verizon Center. He scored a combined nine points in the team’s three games during the 5-hour Energy Puerto Rico Tip-Off and then posted three and seven point outputs in home games against Florida Gulf Coast & Illinois respectively.

Pankey’s solid showing Wednesday night was particularly important as the team’s leading scorer (G Terrell Stoglin) played just 11 minutes in the second half due to foul trouble and fellow big man James Padgett managing just two points after four straight double digit efforts (and reaching double digits in five of the team’s first eight games).

Pankey’s teammate (and Maryland’s only 4th year senior) Sean Mosley took note of the big man’s frustration after the game in DC.

“I just told him to keep your head up. There’s going to be times when five guys, seven guys are clicking. You’ve just got to go with it, but you’re still cheering your team. He got a little frustrated because he didn’t play as much, but he came to practice the next day and worked hard. It shows, how hard he worked. He had a great game today for us.”

With Freshman C Alex Len expected to return from suspension after just two more games, Pankey’s surge could turn the Terrapins’ front court from a weakened, thin unit to a group with depth. With front courts like Duke’s Mason Plumlee/Ryan Kelly and North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller/John Henson ahead in Atlantic Coast Conference play, Maryland will need that unit to be stronger.

Turgeon thinks there’s a chance Pankey will become an even better player as the season goes on.

“I know it’s in him…he’s just scratching the surface.”

-G

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