Ugh, was that a tough one to watch. I don’t really remember seeing an ACC team this bad since…well, ever. It’s not even that Wake doesn’t have good players – C.J. Harris, J.T. Terrell, Travis McKie and Carson Desrosiers all have a lot of talent. It just seems like they can’t get it all together. As the Sun’s Jeff Barker quipped, Wake played as if the starting five “was never properly introduced to one another.”
The Terps came out on top with their first ACC win, beating the Demon Deacons 74-55. Wake got it within six in the second half, but Maryland dominated throughout, even with a sloppy effort from the Terps.
After a slow start, Jordan Williams got his tenth straight double-double, scoring 13 points with 15 rebounds. On his 22nd birthday, Cliff Tucker scored 21 points (one short of his career-high) with eight rebounds and four assists off the bench. Dino Gregory played fantastic interior defense and contributed eight points. Adrian Bowie scored 12, Sean Mosley scored eight, and Haukur Palsson had another solid outing.
Terrell Stoglin struggled yet again, scoring two points on one of nine shooting. Fortunately, his confidence is not wavering, and he continues to take a lot of shots. Eventually, the freshman will get his shooting touch back.
Once again, Maryland’s defense stole the show. Without much offensive firepower, Gary Williams has done an incredible job with this team, as the Terps continue to have one of the most stalwart defenses in the ACC.
The story of the game, however, was Wake Forest’s ineptitude. The Demon Deacons finished with 18 turnovers and shot 31.7% from the floor. They were outrebounded 45 to 37, and had only two players (McKie and Harris) score in double-digits.
Wake is now 7-10 on the season, while the Terps move to 11-5. Maryland’s next game is this Saturday at No. 7 Villanova; tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.