Turgeon's suspicions confirmed: Terps 'have a long ways to go'

Maryland coach digest Puerto Rico film, looks ahead to Florida Gulf Coast

November 23, 2011|By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — — Even in the best of times, Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon can be a glass-half-empty kind of guy.

Coming off a game in which his team lost by 26 points and committed 26 turnovers against Iona in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament, the glass Turgeon has been drinking from has a couple of drops — tops.

Continuing the tone of his post-game session with the media Sunday in San Juan, Turgeon was just as blunt during a news conference Wednesday at Comcast Center. Maryland (2-2) hosts Florida Gulf Coast (2-3) Friday night at 7 p.m.

"The film showed what I felt during the games — we have a long ways to go," Turgeon said.

What has disappointed Turgeon more than anything is Maryland's collective immaturity. The only exception seems to be senior captain Sean Mosley, who has played well in three of the four games so far.

"I don't think our guys have ever been put in the position they're in right now. They've always kind of relied on other people," Turgeon said. "When you think of who's playing for us, besides Sean Mosley and perhaps Terrell Stoglin, I just don't think we know what it takes. My question is, 'Are we willing to work to know what it takes to win?'

"I keep telling them it's easy to be bad, it's hard to be good. Right now we're taking the easy way out. Are we going to toughen up? If we don't, it's going to be a heckuva long four months. Hopefully being embarrassed will change the way they approach things."

Said junior forward James Padgett, "Coach was very straightforward with us. He wasn't satisfied with the way we played. He let us know that we're a much better team than that. We have to listen and be coachable in order to win games. We can't just go out and play the way we want and think that's going to win games. … That was embarrasssing."

Turgeon said that he is also responsible for his team's poor showing in Puerto Rico, which also included a 20-point loss to then-No. 17 Alabama in the opening round as well as a comeback win over Colorado in the second round.

"I blame myself," he said. "We look like we weren't even coached at times down there. I don't know if I've ever coached a team that didn't look coached. We didn't look coached at all. I'm not doing my job. They're not making my job easy. I'll get to 'em eventually."

Turgeon said that his players are passing the blame more than they are the ball, pointing to the fact that Iona guard Scott Machado had more assists in two games than Maryland had in three — including 15 to nine for the Terps on Sunday.

"Everyone just needs to be responsible for doing their part for us to be better team," said Padgett, who after scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the season opener against UNC-Wilmington averaged a little under six points and just over six rebounds in the tournament.

Stoglin, whose career-high 32-point performance (25 in the second half) helped lead the Terps to their own win in the tournament, has improved his defense and his attitude, Turgeon said.

"I've been on, but Terrell's really trying," Turgeon said. "Terrell's defense is getting better. He's still not the team defender he needs to be. I really believe Terrell wants to win. He doesn't know how to win. I'll teach him."

Mosley making shots

After shooting barely over 30 percent on 3s his first three seasons — including 14 of 52 (26.9 percent) as a junior — and making just four of his first 16 this year, Mosley suddenly found his stroke the past two games in Puerto Rico.

Mosley made a combined eight of 14 — getting a career-high four 3s in each game.

"This is my last go-round. Any opportunity I get, if I see an open shot, I'm going to take it," said Mosley, who averaged 18.5 points in those two games. "I'm not second-guessing myself. I know I can't make every shot I take. The game don't work that way. As a shooter, against Alabama, I went 1 for [8 on 3s]. It always stays in the back of my mind that the shot's going to fall for me."

Mosley said that he spent last summer working on his shot with women's assistant coach David Adkins and men's graduate assistant Ryan Richman.

Up next

Florida Gulf Coast has played well so far under first-year coach Andy Enfield, a former Florida State assistant and Johns Hopkins star. The Eagles lost one-point road games at TCU and SMU and lost at Miami by 10 points Tuesday night.

don.markus@baltsun.com

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