Good things apparently happen when you make your open threes.
Cliff Tucker hit three of four beyond the arc, Terrell Stoglin hit three of five, and Hawk Palsson joined in the fun with a deep ball as Maryland hit their late free throws to stave off a Clemson comeback, 79-77.
The Terps used a very different starting lineup than normal, using Stoglin, Adrian Bowie, Palsson, Dino Gregory, and Jordan Williams to start the game. Palsson was soon subbed out, but played 12 minutes of solid ball and hit the fore-mentioned three.
Williams scored a team-high 16 points with 11 rebounds, collecting his 13th straight double-double, a new school record. The Terps struggled on the boards, allowing 13 offensive rebounds to the Tigers, but were able to shoot 65.7% percent from the line (it’s sad that that’s good for this team) and made eight of 14 threes.
Tucker had another great game, scoring 15 points. Bowie had 13 points with five assists, and Stoglin scored 13 as well. Pe’Shon Howard only played nine minutes, as his playing time continues to dwindle for the Terps.
Demontez Stitt scored 20 points with eight assists for the Tigers, while Jerai Grant had 15 points and eight rebounds and Andre Young had 14 points and nine assists. Clemson was unable to get their shot going from deep, making nine of 26 three-point attempts.
It was touch-and-go at the end there, and Maryland almost gave up another lead. But the Terps held on, and we can all rest a little easier now. They go on the road for games against Virginia and Georgia Tech before the next home game – February 2nd against Duke. Be ready.