Terps Fall Short in ACC Opener

Despite 25 points from Terrell Stoglin, the Terps dropped their ACC opener 79-74.

In what Mark Turgeon called the team's first “true road test”, the Terrapins were outdueled in the end by a talented NC State team Sunday night, falling by a final of 79-74.

Terrell Stoglin continued his impressive sophomore campaign, notching 25 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including a 6-of-12 performance from beyond the arc in the loss. Redshirt freshman Alex Len, in just his fourth game as a Terrapin, recorded a double-double on the night, going for 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Limiting Len was one of the keys to the Wolfpack's victory, shutting down the big man offensively late in the game after the Ukrainian youngster made his presence known on both ends of the court in the first half. The freshman dominated the glass in the first half until an experience NC State frontcourt made a concerted effort to push the inexperienced Len further from the basket, where he was rendered much less effective from the second half on.

The Terrapins (10-4, 0-1 ACC) struggled to contain NC State sophomore forward, C.J. Leslie, who seemingly put an end to every Maryland comeback effort en route to a double-double (20 points and 11 rebounds). Junior sharpshooter Scott Wood added 19 for the Wolfpack, going a perfect 6-of-6 at the line; a place where NC State was able to put away the Terrapins. After Maryland fell behind by 12 with just over three minutes remaining, they put together a run to pull within three points with just under a minute left. Yet, the Wolfpack used a 21-of-24 (87.5%) performance at the line to keep the Terps at bay.

Maryland kept the game close throughout, even taking the lead at one point late in the first half, but could never get over the hump against their slightly more experienced opponent. The offense seemed to gel at times under sophomore Pe'Shon Howard, who in just his sixth game of the season netted five points and eight assists.

Maryland's shooting performance was not to blame for the defeat Sunday, as they shot a respectable 26-for-60 (43.3%) from the field and 9-for-21 (42.9%) from beyond the arc. As has been the case all season however, the Terps were less than stellar from the line, going 13-for-21 (61.9%).

The loss was the first for Maryland in over a month, the last coming November 29 in a 71-62 home defeat at the hands of Illinois. Over those 40 days since their last loss, the Terps rattled off eight straight wins, seven coming in the friendly confines of the Comcast Center.

Maryland will travel back to College Park for a quick two-game home stand, kicked off Wednesday night with the ACC home opener against Wake Forest (10-5, 1-0 ACC).

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