The sophomore guard did not want to elaborate on why he was benched to start the game.
“It’s just between me and coach,” Stoglin said. “We’re going to work on it together.”
Giving some assistance to Stoglin Sunday night was junior forward James Padgett. After playing behind the likes of Landon Milbourne and Jordan Williams during his first two seasons, Padgett now finds himself playing a key role on both sides of the ball for the Terrapins. Spoken like a true Turgeon pupil, Padgett stressed defense after the win.
“Coach stresses defensive and principles,” Padgett said. “I’m just trying to do whatever it takes to make coach happy and win games.”
Mission accomplished. One game down, one win for Coach Turgeon at Maryland.
“I was really proud of my group tonight,” Turgeon said. “We’ve come a long way.”
Faust Makes His Debut
Prized Baltimore recruit Nick Faust made his debut for the Terrapins. He actually started the game at point guard for the Terps with Stoglin on the bench. Faust finished with seven points in 30 minutes, putting both his inexperience and flashes of brilliance on display Sunday night.
“I thought Nick was just okay tonight,” Turgeon said. “I thought he was pressing. He took some ill-advised shots, something we’ve been working on. He’s got to figure out a different way to score besides just shooting jump shots. I thought defensively in the second half he was tremendous.”
The Terps head to Puerto Rico to play in the “Puerto Rico Tip-Off.” Their first game in the tournament will be Thursday at 5PM Eastern against Alabama. Unlike Sunday’s game which was not televised locally, Thursday’s game can be seen on ESPN2.