Terps lead with defense in a rout

Williams uses exhibition vs. Concordia to tinker with lineup, test out players

Maryland 75 Concordia 42

November 08, 2007|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,Sun Reporter

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland began its season backward last night, with defense - the one phase of the game Gary Williams has repeatedly said comes later - leading the way.

With an infusion of youth popping off Maryland's bench and into the rotation last night, the Terps' offense lacked any first-half fluidity, but some overpowering blocks and a staunch defensive effort led to a 75-42 win over Concordia before a thin Comcast Center crowd composed mostly of students.

It was Maryland's only exhibition game of the season before starting the regular season schedule at 8 p.m. Sunday against North Florida in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.

It was also Williams' only chance to tinker with his lineup in search of one-game replacements for forwards James Gist and Landon Milbourne. Those two projected starters are suspended for Sunday's game because they played in an April tournament not sanctioned by the NCAA.

Both of them played just 13 minutes last night and added nine points each.

"We tried to play without them just to see how that would go," Williams said. "We have to do it Sunday night, so this was better than doing it tomorrow in practice.

"The guys who were in there certainly played as well as any other combination that was out there tonight."

Six Terps played in their first college game last night, including redshirt freshman Jerome Burney, who missed last season with a broken bone in his foot. Two freshmen - Adrian Bowie and Cliff Tucker - played more than 20 minutes. Bowie led the freshmen with nine points (2-for-5) and made his only three-point attempt.

Shane Walker, Dino Gregory (Mount St. Joseph) and Baltimore's Braxton Dupree also made their case for a spot in Williams' rotation of eight or nine players.

Proven sophomore starters Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes led the Terps with 12 points each.

It was Maryland's 10 blocks (after averaging 6.8 last season) and 12 steals, though, that might have been the most impressive statistic. Concordia shot just 27 percent from the field (17-for-63) and committed 27 turnovers that converted into 26 points for Maryland. What Williams wasn't happy about was the fact his team was out-rebounded 42-39 by a smaller team.

"There's no reason we should've got out-rebounded tonight, but it happened," said Gist, a senior who led the team with six rebounds. "That's a focus we need to work on in practice before the first game."

Concordia, which trailed 26-10 at the half, made just one of 22 field goals in the first 16 minutes and had 12 turnovers during that span. Maryland also had four blocks in the first half, with three of them coming from Gist, the team's leading returning scorer and rebounder. Gist finished with four blocks.

With the projected starting five back on the floor for the start of the second half - Gist, Bambale Osby, Hayes, Milbourne and Vasquez - the Terps' offense was once again clicking. They opened the second half with a 16-4 run, as Vasquez and Gist combined to score 11 of those points. Maryland shot 55.2 percent in the second half, compared with 30.8 in the first.

"We came out and played good defense," Gist said. "I wasn't expecting that well a defense to be played tonight with as young as we are."

heather.dinich@baltsun.com

CONCORDIA-Johnny 4-12 0-0 9, Gallier 1-8 2-2 4, Thompson 1-5 0-0 2, Vann 1-8 0-0 3, Buckley 0-2 0-0 0, Krah 1-6 0-0 2, Clark 4-9 2-2 10, Berridge 2-5 0-0 4, Henry 0-1 2-2 2, Murphy 1-2 0-0 2, Martin 0-2 0-0 0, Francis 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 17-63 6-6 42. MARYLAND-Milbourne 4-7 1-1 9, Gist 3-6 2-2 9, Osby 2-5 1-1 5, Hayes 4-6 2-2 12, Vasquez 3-9 5-7 12, Walker 0-1 1-2 1, Dupree 1-4 2-2 4, McAlpin 0-1 0-0 0, Bowie 2-5 4-7 9, Tucker 1-4 2-5 4, Burney 1-3 0-0 2, Gregory 1-2 0-0 2, Neal 2-2 1-2 6. Totals 24-55 21-31 75. Half-Maryland, 26-10. 3-point goals-Concordia 2-20 (Johnny 1-5, Vann 1-6, Buckley 0-1, Francis 0-1, Thompson 0-3, Krah 0-4); Maryland 6-15 (Hayes 2-4, Bowie 1-1, Neal 1-1, Gist 1-2, Vasquez 1-5, McAlpin 0-1, Milbourne 0-1). Rebounds-Concordia 42 (Gallier, Krah 8); Maryland 39 (Gist 6). Assists- Concordia 7 (Krah 3); Maryland 13 (Tucker 4). Total fouls- Concordia 27, Maryland 13. Fouled out-Clark, Gallier. A-N/A.

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