As I mentioned on Twitter (woo shameless plug), there was no internet at my house this weekend, so I was unable to, well, do anything. It’s back now, so a quick apology for the slew of posts in the post hour or so, we obviously had a back up of available posts.
This was the kind of game Maryland kept losing this year – holding a strong lead early, letting the other team climb back in, and fight tooth and nail for an inevitably heart-breaking loss. Except this time, that last step didn’t happen. Maryland was able to hold to their lead this time with strong defense and a determined scoring effort from Jordan Williams, Terrell Stoglin, and yes, even Dino Gregory.
Williams scored 26 points with eight rebounds, Stoglin had 25 points with a career-high nine assists, and Gregory had 18 points and ten rebounds as the Terps moved to 6-6 in conference play, defeating NC State 87-80.
Gary Williams chose an (extremely) effective lineup of Stoglin, Pe’Shon Howard, Cliff Tucker, Gregory, and Williams, although Howard only played 20 minutes. Sean Mosley scored ten off the bench, while Adrian Bowie had five assists in 14 minutes.
The Wolfpack were led by Tracy Smith, who scored 19, C.J. Leslie, who scored 18 with eight rebounds, and Scott Wood, who scored 15 points on five three-pointers.
With 4:08 left in the first half, Maryland held a 33-24 lead, but a 16-2 run over the next three and a half minutes gave the Wolfpack a five-point lead. The game was tied at 71 with 6:39 left, but the Terps were able to take over the next five minutes, thanks to an effective fastbreak game commanded by Stoglin and Mosley gave the Terps a 82-72 advantage with about a minute left.
The Terps’ next game is this Wednesday, February 23rd at home against Florida State. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.