Another game against a quality opponent, another heartbreaking loss for the Terrapins. Maryland lost after a last-second heave from Terrell Stoglin fell short from just inside halfcourt, leaving Verizon Center with a 64-61 defeat at the hands of the Temple Owls.
Jordan Williams had 17 points and 11 rebounds, but was the only Maryland starter to show up Sunday night – Sean Mosley, Cliff Tucker, Adrian Bowie, and Dino Gregory combined for a whopping 9 points on 3 of 15 shooting. Instead, the Terps’ bench had arguably their best game of the season. Terrell Stoglin scored 16 points and hit two big three-pointers, James Padgett scored eight points with three rebounds, Pe’Shon Howard had six points and six assists, and Hawk Palsson had five points with a three-pointer of his own.
The Terps were unable to hit free throws late in the game, shooting only 10-17 from the charity stripe, and turned the ball over 14 times against a Temple team that showed their prowess on defense, especially in transition. The Owls had four players score double digits, and all were starters – Ramone Moore (16), Juan Fernandez (14), Lavoy Allen (13), and Scootie Randall (10). Allen also chipped in 10 rebounds for his second straight double-double.
Things have got to change, and quickly – ACC season is right around the corner. D1scourse and IMS have all the quotes up, but both Gary and Jordan Williams seem to be very frustrated with the rest of the starters, and it’s fantastic to see the fire coming out, especially from a guy who is supposed to be the team leader in Jordan. Here’s some of the highlights:
Jordan – “… It was about who wanted it more, and us five on the court wanted it more than those five.”
“[The freshmen] told the upperclassmen that you know what, if you’re not going to play, then we are.”
On the early second-half subs “I couldn’t have supported it more.”
Gary – “We’ll see how the next 2 days go in practice … [We'll] see if we can snap some people out of the way they played tonight.”
We can only hope this means a change in the starting lineup (cross your fingers for a Stoglin/Howard tandem at point guard, with only the occasional Bowie relief). The Terps play UNC Greensboro Wednesday night in College Park.