Despite Turnovers, Terps Win Opener 105-76

Freshman forced to step up in first collegiate action

After Adrian Bowie collected two fouls in the first four minutes of the Terps’ season opener against Seattle University, head coach Gary Williams was forced to learn on his rookie guards to help guide his squad.

Freshmen Terrell Stoglin and PeShon Howard tallied 42 minutes in their first action as Maryland Terrapins Monday night, filling in at point guard for Bowie for the majority of the first half.

Stoglin impressed, showing some flash when finding his teammates, finding the game with five assists to go along with 15 points, including a perfect 9-9 from the free-throw stripe. But as you would expect with a rookie in his first game action, Stoglin had trouble maintain the ball. He had four turnovers in his 18 minutes.

His counterpart Howard was equally similar. The guard, who saw action at both point guard and shooting guard, scored five points, dished eight assists, grabbed three boards and had three steals in 24 minutes, but turned the ball over three times. Howard was making his presence felt with dunks and no-look passes, but he was most effective in helping to get his teammates the ball. Seattle had to respect his driving ability, so when they drifted towards him he set up his teammates with easy points.

Although Maryland had a double-digit lead at the half, the team allowed Seattle to keep it close with their nagging turnovers. Seattle had nine steals, but kept their deficit to just 10 despite shooting 41 percent from the field, 1-8 from the three-point line and being outrebounded by the Terps by 12.

In the second half, the Terps outplayed Seattle at their own game. Led by Bowie’s return to the game, the team thrived off the up-tempo offense.

Sean Mosley took control of the scoring as he finished the game with a game-high 21 points in addition to four assists and four rebounds. The junior guard shot 8-10 from the free-throw line and 6-8 from the field.

Center Jordan Williams was able to put together a monster 17-point, 15-board night, as his slimmer frame was tested in the fast pace offense.

However, the Terps’ 29 turnovers kept Seattle alive and kicking for a good portion of the second half. Bowie’s seven turnovers led the team. Seattle was led by 6-8 senior forward Alex Jones, who scored 20 points with tough interior play and a soft jump hook.

Seattle’s three returning starters – Cervante Burrell, Aaron Broussard and Gavin Gilmore – combined for just 27 points. Burrell had 13 points and shot a measly 6-17 from the field, adding seven turnovers. Broussard put up a 10-point, 10-board night with four assists. Gilmore had four points, four rebounds and four turnovers.

Next up for the Terps is a Wednesday night matchup with the College of Charleston in College Park.

News and Notes:

Maryland shot 56 percent from the field, and over 80 percent from the free-throw line

Maryland attempted just eight three-pointers, nailing down just two.

Mychal Parker scored four points in his Terps debut; James Padgett scored five points off the bench.

Dino Gregory has impressed with a consistent mid-range jumper, scoring eight points and grabbing six boards, including two on the offensive side.

Cliff Tucker has continued to excel in the three-spot, putting together a 16-point effort to go along with seven rebounds.

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