Stoglin rallies Terps to win over Colorado

Sophomore guard scores career-high 32 points, including 25 in second half, to power Maryland over Buffaloes in second game of Puerto Rico Tip-Off

November 18, 2011|By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Could this possibly be the same Maryland team that stumbled through a 26.5 percent shooting performance the previous night in a game in which its top scoring threat missed all nine of his field-goal attempts?

One night and one team meeting later, the young Terrapins seemed to buy in to their coach's pleas to be patient and unselfish on offense and to play with more poise.

Maryland's 78-71 comeback victory over Colorado in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Friday night will be best remembered for the 32 points (25 in second half) of sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin, who rebounded from his horrific shooting night in a loss to Alabama. Stoglin's point total was the second-highest ever in the tournament.

But Maryland coach Mark Turgeon will celebrate the night for something altogether different. The coach said it was a game that proved that his team -- and Stoglin in particular -- had the capacity to learn from their mistakes.

"Terrell had 32 points, but he's doing all the little things that he wasn't doing -- guarding, trying to rebound, helping a teammate up off the floor, being a good teammate," Turgeon said. "I know he can score. I like all the other stuff."

Turgeon has been preaching for his players to share the ball more and not to rush shots. The coach has said that win or lose, Maryland should be measured by its incremental progress as the season unfolds.

But it sure was sweet for the Terps to get a win.

"It's huge for everybody involved," the coach said. "They see the stuff that we're doing works. You can take 10 practices and it wouldn't have been what this gave us today."

Of course, Maryland wouldn't have won without the confident Stoglin's solo efforts. Turgeon has acknowledged that he needs Stoglin to be just a little "selfish" this season because the Terps lack depth and firepower.

"I was just more concentrated because I felt like my shot wasn't falling at all [Thursday] night [against Alabama], and I didn't want another game like that at all," Stoglin said.

Had he ever had a game like Friday night? "Probably like 10 times in high school," Stoglin said.

Maryland trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half. Stoglin's 3-pointer with 7:35 left in the game put ut the Terps ahead 62-60 -- Maryland's first lead of the second half. He hit another 3, then converted a drive to the hoop to make it 67-60. His teammates raced off the bench during the next timeout to greet him. Then he made a pull-up jumper to up the lead to 69-61.

Colorado pulled to 73-67, but Stoglin was fouled with 46 seconds left and converted two free throws. Turgeon pumped his fists as the player was fouled.

While Maryland had only one player -- senior Sean Mosley -- with more than 15 career starts, Colorado had three senior starters led by guard Carlon Brown (14 points). Colorado was paced Friday nigt by Andre Roberson's 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Mosley had his best game of the season with 16 points. "We were shooting the ball way too quick in shot clock [the night before] and we learned from that," Mosley said. "We had a meeting after breakfast as a team and we came together."

Maryland had a scary moment when freshman guard Nick Faust limped off the court after being hit hard driving to the basket at the end. Turgeon said the player only had a cramp.

Turgeon acknowledged that Faust should have dribbled out the clock with the Terps up by seven and only a few seconds left. "He's 18 years old. He's excited," Turgeon said.

Maryland had never played Colorado before, but the coaches are close friends.

Turgeon appeared crestfallen when discussing the Colorado matchup because its coach, Tad Boyle, is a close friend and former Kansas teammate who worked under Turgeon at Wichita State and Jacksonsville State. "I was disappointed the bracket came out that way," Turgeon said.

Turgeon and Boyle faced each last season when Turgeon coached Texas A&M to a 73-70 over Boyle's Buffs. He said he hopes not to face his friend again anytime soon.

After a day off, the Terps (2-1) next face Iona on Sunday in their final game of the four-day tournament.

jeff.barker@baltsun.com

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