Unable to watch the wild finish of Maryland’s double-overtime loss to Miami after getting ejected with more than seven minutes in regulation, Coach Mark Turgeon kept track of the proceedings via text messages from his wife, Ann, and friends.
Assistant coach Scott Spinelli, a member of Turgeon’s staffs for six seasons, said he had never seen the coach ejected from a game but had seen him come close several times. A fiery competitor, Turgeon’ eruption was the coach’s way of sparking life into his players, who were far too timid against a more physical, hungry Miami team, according to Spinelli. The Hurricanes were playing without their most explosive scorer of late, Kenny Kadji, who suffered a head injury in a bad fall during practice the previous day.
Among the game’s more notable statistics:
Five players fouled out in 50 minutes of play: Maryland’s Nick Faust and Sean Mosley; and Miami’s Reggie Johnson, Durand Scott and Raphael Akpejiori.
Maryland’s three featured guards—Mosley and Terrell Stoglin—played a game-high 44 minutes.
Maryland’s freshmen center Alex Len, who hadn’t played more than 18 minutes since Jan. 15, got a season-high 31 minutes of playing time and scored 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots.
Maryland continues to be one of the more effective in the nation at getting to the free-throw line. The Terps took 35 free throws in the game (to Miami’s 27) and made 26 (74.3 percent). Stoglin was 9-of-9 from the stripe.
The inconsistency that has addled Turgeon so much this season was a major storyline, with the Terps shooting just 29.6 percent in the first half (8 of 27 from the field) and 51.9 percent in the second half. Maryland trailed 34-23 after the first half, then went on to force overtime by outscoring Miami 46-35 in the second half.
Stoglin took a game-high 26 shots—nearly twice as many as Miami’s most active shooter, Durand Scott, who took 14. But Scott made more of his attempts—11 of 14, compared to Stoglin’s 9 of 26.