First-half impressions of Maryland vs. Northwood

November 04, 2011|By Don Markus | The Baltimore Sun

Mark Turgeon started three guards -- Terrell Stoglin, Nick Faust (City) and Sean Mosley (St. Frances) -- against Northwood along with forwards James Padgett and Ashton Pankey.

Pankey, who missed his senior year in high school and freshman year at Maryland with a recurring leg injury, continued against Northwood what Turgeon said he had been doing in practice. He had three early baskets on simple post-up moves.

Turgeon had also mentioned to the media Thursday how much better he was shooting the ball in practice. Mosley seemed to be more assertive in Turgeon's offense than he was with Gary Williams and hit a number of early shots, including a 3. Mosley finished the half with a team-high 11 points.

And I mentioned in an earlier post Friday, Turgeon is going to have a quick hook for Stoglin if he insists of launching bad shots. At one point in the first half, Stoglin returned to replace Mosley and took an off-balance shot in the lane. Stoglin was replaced by walk-on Jonathan Thomas for a couple of minutes. Stoglin missed his first six shots and was 2 of 9 for the half. 

Turgeon did go to his big lineup -- or at least tall lineup -- when he inserted 6-10 senior Berend Weijs and 7-1 freshman Alex Len. Weijs kept alive a rebound and Mosley scored, then Len rebounded a missed free throw by Mosley and scored in one motion. Pretty smooth for a big kid.

But the lack of size -- and the lack of a true point guard -- is going to give Turgeon many sleepless nights this season. Though they outrebounded the smaller Seahawks 29-16 in the half, the Terps seem long up front but not very big. And Stoglin alone is going to have Turgeon hoping that Pe'Shon Howard heals quick.

The one highlight for the Terps came right before halftime. Faust, whose first shot was an airball that missed the rim by a couple of feet and finished the half 3 of 8 from the field, took an outlet on a rebound right before halftime and fired up a 70-foot shot that fell straight through the net right before the buzzer for a 44-31 halftime lead.    

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