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WASHINGTON — — Maryland coach Gary Williams often opens post-game comments by saying he was proud of his team.
Not Sunday night.
After the Terps lost 64-61 to Temple in the BB&T Classic, a grim Williams said he was displeased with a number of his starters for not doing a better job attacking the Owls' packed-in defense.
"I was mad," Williams said. "We can't throw it in to Jordan [Williams] and stand around and have everybody watch him."
Williams' frustration had been evident in his substitution patterns. He benched most of his starters for long stretches of the second half — and the strategy paid off.
Freshmen Terrell Stoglin (16 points), Pe'Shon Howard (six points, six assists) and Haukur Palsson (five points) almost led the Terps to a comeback win. Sophomore forward James Padgett also came off the bench to score eight points.
Maryland trailed by as many 15 points with 18:16 left.
But, led by the reserves, the Terps tied the game at 56 on Padgett's dunk with 1:52 left.
After Temple regained the lead, Stoglin hit a 3-pointer to pull the Terps to within 63-61 with five seconds left.
Temple's Ramone Moore then made one of two free throws to put the Owls up by three. Stoglin's desperation heave to tie was short at the buzzer.
Maryland was led by forward Jordan Williams (17 points, 11 rebounds). Williams was limited by foul trouble — he picked up his fourth with 8:02 remaining — but still managed to play 32 minutes.
The other Maryland starters did not fare as well. "We're not getting everything from every player," said Gary Williams, without mentioning any names.
Asked if he might alter his starting lineup in future games, the coach said only that he hoped to work out any lingering issues during practices this week.
Maryland, which has had a tendency to play poorly early in games, trailed 32-21 at the half.
The pro-Maryland crowd at Verizon Center didn't turn up the volume until Stoglin and the other bench players began to lead the Terps back. "The young guys came in and did a really good job flying around," Gary Williams said.
Jordan Williams agreed with his coach's decision to summon his reserves. "I thought he was 100-percent correct. As soon as they came in, we started coming back," the sophomore said.
Temple coach Fran Dunphy said he was impressed with Stoglin and Howard. "They're really going to be good basketball players. They gave us everything we could handle today," said Dunphy, a former assistant to Williams at American University.
Said Stoglin: "We made a good effort to come back. Unfortunately, we didn't win."
Temple hurt Maryland with its size and balance. The Owls had four players in double figures, led by Moore's 16 points.
"A couple of plays, we could have won the game," Gary Williams said. "When you get behind that far, you have to be pretty perfect to win the game."
Allen 6-10 1-2 13, Randall 4-7 1-2 10, Eric 3-5 0-2 6, Fernandez 7-16 0-0 14, Moore 4-16 8-10 16, Wyatt 2-4 0-0 5, DiLeo 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Jefferson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 10-16 64.
Tucker 1-4 0-0 2, Gregory 0-4 1-2 1, Williams 7-14 3-7 17, Bowie 0-1 2-2 2, Mosley 2-6 0-0 4, Weijs 0-0 0-0 0, Stoglin 5-12 4-4 16, Palsson 2-4 0-0 5, Howard 3-5 0-2 6, Padgett 4-6 0-0 8. Totals 24-56 10-17 61.
Halftime_Temple 32-21. 3-Point Goals_Temple 2-13 (Wyatt 1-3, Randall 1-4, Allen 0-1, Moore 0-1, Fernandez 0-4), Maryland 3-10 (Stoglin 2-6, Palsson 1-2, Bowie 0-1, Mosley 0-1). Fouled Out_Allen. Rebounds_Temple 42 (Allen 10), Maryland 32 (Williams 11). Assists_Temple 9 (Fernandez 3), Maryland 12 (Howard 6). Total Fouls_Temple 21, Maryland 16. A_10,227.