After losing two heartbreaking road games in a row to Boston College and Virginia Tech, Maryland has now rebounded with two strong home wins, over North Carolina State and now tonight over Florida State, 78-62.
After an early Deividas Dulkys scoring run gave the Seminoles a lead, Maryland clawed back and showed offensive dominance against one of the strongest defensive teams in the ACC. Granted, Florida State is now without Chris Singleton, their best player, but the Terps came out tonight with a very strong and spirited performance that at least keeps them in the discussion (albeit on the outside of it) of the NCAA Tournament field.
Terrell Stoglin continued his hot streak as of late, scoring 17 points with four assists, Jordan Williams got back his double-double flow with 11 points and ten rebounds, and three other Terps scored in double figures as Maryland won an important game between two bubble(ish) teams. Dino Gregory had 14 points with eight rebounds and three blocks, Adrian Bowie had 12 points with six assists, and Sean Mosley scored ten points.
The Terps went with a starting lineup of Stoglin, Mosley, Cliff Tucker, Gregory, and Williams, and it seemed to work out pretty well. Tucker didn’t score a point in 12 minutes of actions, but Maryland played well as a whole and got a well-deserved win. The Terps had one of their best games from beyond the arc this year, shooting 50% (7-14) from three, led by the two freshman guards – Stoglin and MVPe combined for five three pointers on seven attempts.
It was Maryland’s first win over an RPI Top-50 team, a previously glaring omission on the Terps’ tournament resume. Maryland will now head back out on the road, with a date at Chapel Hill with the Tar Heels on Sunday. Selection Sunday is in two and a half weeks, folks. Get ready.