Word on the Street: Maryland-UNCW notes

Word on the Street: Maryland-UNCW notes
November 14, 2011, 5:04 am
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comTen observations from Maryland's 71-62 season opening win over UNC Wilmington, the first under coach Mark Turgeon. Plus Redskins roundup, Hoyas building and Andre Carter is thriving...1)Key stats: Terrell Stoglin came off the bench (yes, you read that correctly) for a team-high 22 points. Ashton Pankey finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. James Padgett grabbed six offensive rebounds...Cut turnovers from 23 in the exhibition win over Northwood to 13, but only had seven assists.2)Key moment: After ending a tight first half seven ties and three lead changes leading 32-27, the Terps scored six consecutive points and the spurt turned into a 13-4 run for a 45-31 lead with 14:14 remaining. Padgetts putback and left-handed layup started the momentum shift.3)Padgett power: The 6-8 junior started the new season by establishing a career-high with 12 points, turning four of his offensive rebounds into baskets. Padgett also deftly served as the passer in a back door, give-and-go with Sean Mosley that resulted in a baseline reverse layup. He creditedhis improved playand confidence with the knowledge that a mistake or two will not immediately send him back to the bench, a luxury not available doing his first two seasons as a reserve.4)Rotation: Five of the seven scholarship players received at least 30 minutes of playing time. Mychal Parker started and played 24 minutes while Berend Weijs (11 minutes) was limited due to constant foul trouble.Walk-ons John Auslander and guard Jonathan Thomas played five and four minutes respectively.5)Stoglin sits at the start: Outside of Sean Mosley (eight points), the one player deemed a lock for the starting lineup was the 6-1 scorer. The benching was hardly punitive in length Stoglin was ready at the scorers table 90 seconds in and he led the team with 33 minutes played. Turgeon'scryptic explanation for the benching came with a grin, saying,it is nothing big and believed the scenario spurred Stoglins strong effort on both ends of the court. He guarded, he was in his stance, he was in position and he played shots, Maryland's head coach said. I think the things that happened, that transpired for him not to be in the starting lineup today allowed him to play the way he did, so its the big picture.The defensive end may have been the concern, but ultimately the sophomore also downplayed the situation after the game.6)Defensive improvement: Turgeon said, Weve come a long way since the 89-84 exhibition win over Northwood. By sticking with the game plan, Maryland held UNC Wilmingtons leading returning scorer Keith Rendleman to five points, nearly eight below his 2010-11 average. Seahawks freshman guard Adam Smith scored 23 points with a barrage of 3-pointers, but Nick Faust helped slow him after halftime. Several times UNCW had fast break chances denied by Maryland defenders racing from behind. With the Terps clinging to a 65-59 lead, Mosley skied for a block shot.7)Faust:After playing with confidencein the exhibition win over Northwood, Faust was clearly tightin his collegiate debut. He scored seven points on 1-of-4 shooting, but sank two clutch free throws with 1:01 remaining to bump the lead to 67-59. Turgeon singled out Fausts defense. Big upside remains.8)High percentage shots: Padgett and Pankey combined to shoot 11-of-18 from the field and the Terps shot 51.9 percent (14-of-27) in the second half. Stoglin sank 10-11 free throws.9)Low percentage shots: One game in the Terps are still waiting for their first 3-pointer of the season, having missed all nine attempts on Sunday. While Turgeon said he was proud of the way his squad handled the numerous defensive concepts thrown at them by the Seahawks, the zone offense needs work.The non-Stoglin Terps shot11-of-19 from the free throw line.10)Recapping the recap: It was hard to know what to expect, but the Terps impressed, especially the Pankey-Padgett combo inside, but the offense remains a work in progress. Big test coming up in Puerto Rico, in terms of the competition starting with No. 19 Alabama and playing three games in four days. Redskins ReportNot surprisingly, the Redskins once again turned to Rex Grossman.Also not surprising, the reason offered for the QB switch was hardly straightforward. (O'Halloran - CSNwashington)Speaking of changes, after five straight losses and with more questions than answers popping up every week, willshould Danny Snyder consider making a big one should the results not change over the final seven games? (Snider - Washington Examiner)Mike Shanahan's failures epitomized with trust in the RexBeck QB combo (Reid - Washington Post)Going forward, the QB guessing game figures to continue. Oh, joy. (Daly - Washington Times)Redskins-Dolphins playlist (Homer McFanboy)Breakfast BuffetHoyas putting puzzle together (Snyder - Washington Times)...JTIII shot a death stare after the question referenced here was asked, for real for real.The Terps and Hoyas met on Sunday as Brenda Frese's squad slowed down Sugar Rodgers for the win. (Washington Post)While the local NFL team is struggling, former Redskins defensive end Andre Carter sacked his way to a Patriots team record in week 10. (Boston Herald)Former Hoya and NBA free agent to be Jeff Green is stuck in neutral (Washington Examiner)