The University of Maryland fell to 16-10, 5-6 overall with a 91-83 loss at Virgina Tech. Freshman Terrell Stoglin did everything within his power to help the Terps win, with a career high 25 points.
Ultimately Raycom’s Dan Bonner description at the end of the game that this had a familiar feel for Maryland was accurate. The Terps were again in a game with a good team late, but were not able to make the plays necessary to win.
The real disappointment is that Maryland played one of their better games of the season tonight. The Terps had the opportunity to get a needed win over a quality team on the road. The challenge for Coach Williams and his players will be dealing with the increasing pressure and scrutiny
1) Howard did a good job of getting dribble penetration against the Virgina Tech zone. Howard had 10 points, 4 assists, 3 boards, and 0 turnovers.
2) Palsson did a nice job blocking-out and rebounding during the first-half. He finished with 4 boards.
3) Down 20-10 at the 13:46 mark, Maryland went on a 17-5 run over the next 5 minutes to grab the 27-25 lead. The run was keyed by 9 points from Stoglin.
3a) What an impressive game for the Freshman. He was the quickest player on the floor, and did an excellent job of attacking the Hokies. Stoglin finished with 25 points (7 of 12 from the floor, 10 of 10 from the line) 6 assists, 4 boards, and 2 steals.
4) After the Hokies hit 10 of their first 12 shots, Maryland limited Virgina Tech to 5 of their next 19 to end the half.
5) Maryland did a good job with their zone defense tonight.
6) Williams had 16 points, 9 boards and did his best work scoring in transition. Also made some outstanding outlet passes tonight.
7) Maryland stayed in the game in part because they converted at the line, finishing 21 of 24 from the charity-stripe.
8) Gregory had 12 points, 3 boards, and 3 blocks.
1) Two and a half minutes into the game, the Hokies had 11 points on the board. Maryland was consistently getting beat in transition.
2) Virginia Tech made 10 of their first 12 Field Goal attempts.
3) Bell came into the game tonight averaging 38% from 3. On that alone, you would think the scouting report say he probably needs to be guarded outside. Tonight he hit his first 5 attempts from behind the arc. It was another game where the help defense was giving open looks to a shooter, and an adjustment was needed.
4) You can check my archives, I make it a point to not bring up the officials. I have to complain about the officiating tonight. Palsson did an excellent job of drawing what should have been the 4th foul on Allen, but somehow the foul was charged elsewhere. The failure to attribute that foul correctly altered the game.
5) Bowie and Mosley combined for 7 points (6 Field Goal Attempts), 5 boards, 3 assists, and a steal. Have to have more production from two starters with their combined experience.
6) Tucker had 10 points, but his offense was non-existent in the 2nd half. Kind of a microcosm of Tucker really. He flashes his skills, but disappears too often.
7) Virgina Tech had just 8 turnovers, while the Terps had 15.
1) Maryland was almost even on the boards overall (33-30), but Virginia Tech had 11 offensive rebounds and too many second chances.
Coach Williams and the Terps are going to face endless questions and external pressure the next few days. The Washington and Baltimore media will be talking about the difficult road for the Terps to reach the NCAA Tournament. Fans will be on message boards, and talk-shows letting their displeasure known. When the players get back to the campus, they will be hearing from their peers.
Potentially this could be a very toxic environment. In times like this, Coach Williams has a history of success in adopting an us vs. them mentality. The entire focus for the Terps has to be on beating NCST Sunday. You have 5 regular season games remaining (NCST, FSU, @UNC, @Miami, and UVA). Each one of those games are winnable (and only at UNC would the Terps be considered the underdog.)
If the Terps play the next 5 games like they did tonight, the Terps will still have a chance at the Tournament.
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