Rapid Reaction: UNC Greensboro

Seniors make statement on the court in 99-56 win over UNC Greensboro.

After having their starting roles questioned throughout the week, the Maryland seniors came out firing against UNC Greensboro, affirming Gary Williams’ decision to keep faith in his starting five.

Under the most criticism was point guard Adrian Bowie, who in his first year as court director had 36 assists compared to 26 turnovers. With the emergence of freshmen Terrell Stoglin and Pe’Shon Howard, it seemed inevitable that Bowie’s minutes, and eventually his starting job, should be surrendered to the budding stars.

Against the Spartans, however, Bowie took to the court with purpose. He played sound, scoring 16 points and dishing out four assists, accounting for just two turnovers. In addition, Bowie added two three-pointers.

Swingman Cliff Tucker started the season off on a scorching pace, but cooled off considerably as of late, especially in tougher matchups. During the BB&T Classic against Temple, Tucker attempted just four shots, none of which were beyond the three-point arc where he had been so effective from.

On this night, Tucker rediscovered his touch from long-range, scoring 13 points on 5-10 shooting. He made three shots from downtown, including one on the opening shot of the game to set the pace. It did not hurt that the Spartans entered the contest ranked dead last in the Southern Conference in defending three-point field goals.

Unnoticed was another solid performance by the Terps’ big man. Jordan Williams recorded his eighth double-double of the season and his fourth straight, totaling 23 points and 13 rebounds, as no Spartan could keep pace with the Terps’ leading scorer on the interior.

Off the bench, Stoglin sparked the team with 18 points, the fourth Terp to reach double-digit scoring on the night. James Padgett added six points and nine rebounds, and in 11 minutes Mychal Parker was able to score four points with five boards of his own.

Next up for Maryland is a game Sunday afternoon when the team will welcome in ACC foe Boston College for their first game in conference play, and their second of a five-game home stand.

The Good: Aside from the seniors pulling together, Sean Mosley’s ability to do the little things in an effort to make up for his lack of scoring stood out. Mosley was expected to be one of the main scorers for Maryland this season, but his struggles are more than obvious. However, Mosley was able to grab four boards and deliver four assists, and do the little things that the team needs to win -- preserving offensive possessions through offensive rebounding (3), keeping the ball in bounds, or simply using his court vision to dish it to his teammates.

The Bad: In a scoring fest, the only player who saw the court and could not hit a basket was Pe’Shon Howard. In 19 minutes off the bench, Howard went 0-3 from the field and missed his only three-point attempt on the night. It is nothing to be too concerned about, but certainly the frosh has taken a backseat to the emergence of Terrell Stoglin and his play to start the season.

The Ugly: With no intention to add insult to injury, but UNC Greensboro is now 0-8 on the season, winless against all three Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. It is the worst start that the school has ever experienced. What’s worse is that the road does not get any easier. Next up is games at Wake Forest and Clemson before welcoming in Richmond. And in the spirit of Christmas, the team will host No. 1 Duke Dec. 29. More likely than not, the Spartans could head into January 0-12.

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