Terps Slide By at Clemson

Behind 27 points from guard Terrell Stoglin, the Terps hold off a stingy Clemson team 64-62.

A flurry of second half 3-pointers by guards Terrell Stoglin and Sean Mosley had the Terrapins coasting Tuesday night at Clemson. A four-point halftime lead had quickly grown into a 14-point Maryland advantage after a Mosley 3-pointer with 12:49 remaining gave the Terps a 46-32 lead. Better yet, everything seemed to be clicking for the Terps. Stoglin was scoring in an effective manner, Mosley was finding the bottom of the net and the combination of forwards James Padgett and Ashton Pankey were crashing the offensive glass, giving Maryland second-chance points. The Terps began the second half an electric 8-of-11 from the field.

On the other hand, Clemson was struggling mightily. The only man keeping the Tigers afloat to start the second half was senior guard Andre Young, who hit four of Clemson's first five second half field goals, all of which happened to be 3-pointers. Yet, just as quickly as it seemed the Tigers had fallen out of the game, they were right back in it. One Milton Jennings 3-pointer later, and there was a game on hand. Clemson proceeded to rip off a 22-13 run over ten minutes to draw within one point of the visiting Terrapins before ultimately falling by a final of 64-62.

Tuesday's failed rally was nothing new to the Tigers (11-12, 3-6 ACC) who have now lost six conference games by seven points or less. On the other hand, the outcome was unfamiliar territory for the Terps, whose two-point triumph at Littlejohn Coliseum was their first road win of the year.

Stoglin led all scorers with 27 points, while Mosley chipped in with 16 points and four assists for the Terps. The all-too-often trigger-happy Stoglin had perhaps his best overall shooting performance of the season, going 9-of-11 (81.8%) from the field and 5-of-6 (83.3%) from the line in his 33 minutes of play. Pankey led the Terps on the boards with nine rebounds to go with his six points.

Young recorded a team-high 15 points while junior center Devin Booker added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Clemson.

The Tigers certainly had their chances to pull off the victory in the closing minutes. After Terps' center Alex Len missed the free throw on a possible 3-point play, Clemson trailed 61-58 with 58.6 seconds remaining. The Tigers quickly found Young on the other end, whose pump fake from just beyond the arc sent Maryland guard Pe'Shon Howard barreling into the Clemson senior. However, the Clemson senior, who was shooting over 80 percent from the line on the season, only managed to convert the final of the three free throws to bring the score to 61-59.

Two Stoglin free throws on the other end gave Maryland a 63-59 advantage with only 9.7 seconds remaining. Just when it finally seemed over, a Milton Jennings 3-pointer brought the score to 63-62 with 2.8 seconds remaining. After a series of timeouts, senior Sean Mosley was sent to the free throw line, where he converted one of two free throws to give the Terps a 64-62 lead with less than 2 seconds left.

Clemson's last hope came in the form of a full-court heave from out of bounds, which began to tail off to the right, in effect ending the Tigers chances. Yet, in a lapse of judgment, Mosley attempted to catch the errant pass while toeing the sideline and throwing the ball back towards the Maryland basket. An official review showed that Mosley in fact caught the ball with his toes on the line, which gave the ball back to Clemson, still on the far baseline, but with no time taken off the clock. Fortunately for Mosley and the Terrapins, Andre Young's desperation heave fell short as the Terps escaped with their fourth conference win of the season.

As a team, the Terps shot 23-of-47 (48.9%) from the field, hitting an impressive 8-of-11 (72.7%) from beyond the arc, while struggling at the line, going 10-of-17 (58.8%).

The Terps (14-9, 4-5 ACC) will now take a three-day break before heading south for a crucial matchup Saturday afternoon against No. 9 Duke. The two teams met Jan. 25 in College Park, with Duke pulling out the 74-61 victory. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN.

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