Notes on N.C. State 79, Terps 74

Turgeon has mixed feelings after loss

January 08, 2012|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

Funny thing. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and his players kept saying that Sunday night's loss to N.C. State showed evidence of improvement and heart. But neither the coach nor the players looked very pleased.

That's probably a good thing if you're a Terps fans. It's important to recognize that this Maryland team is a work in progress -- it's developing in front of our eyes.

But, as I suggested in my updated game story, you don't want to become satisfied with  moral victories. The Terps are eager to make something out of this transition season -- the first for Turgeon in College Park. And the team knows that winning their first conference road game would have pointed them in the right direction.

It's probably typical of coaches to remember your team's errors rather than its achievements.

So don't blame Turgeon if he remembers:

*His team not getting back on defense during N.C. State's critical 13-2 run in the second half. Do you remember 6-foot-9 center DeShawn Painter racing down the court for a dunk and then a layup to put the Wolfpack up 58-53? So does Turgeon.

*Maryland had only 12 assists, and Pe'Shon Howard had eight of them. That's not enoiugh ball sharing.

Terrell Stoglin was great again as a scorer. "He's so quick and he's strong," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. "He gets into the paint and he uses his body and initiates the contact.'

But Stoglin didn't have any assists, and Turgeon said bluntly: "“We’re not going to win the games we need to win if he doesn’t trust his teammates more.”


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