>> The Maryland basketball team continued to struggle from three-point range, making just 2 of 11 attempts in Sunday afternoon’s 69-62 win over George Mason at Verizon Center. Through seven games, the Terps are shooting just 30.6 percent from beyond the arc, a figure that drops to 24.4 percent when you take out Logan Aronhalt’s numbers (10 for 16).
Coach Mark Turgeon’s bunch can live through points in the paint off transition and secondary breaks, but at some point teams will incessantly clog the lane and dare the Terps to make shots. Six players have attempted at least 10 three-pointers. Of them, only Aronhalt has made more than one-third of them. Seth Allen ranks second at 8 for 24, while Dez Wells, Nick Faust, Pe’Shon Howard and Jake Layman are all shooting worse than 30 percent.
“We’re just not shooting the ball at the clip we need to shoot at in order to be a great basketball team,” Turgeon said. “That’s really the next component besides turnovers. We have guys who can shoot it, we’re just not shooting the ball well right now.”
But given its sheer athleticism and talent throughout Turgeon’s 10-deep rotation, Maryland can get away with lackluster shooting performances, which has seen them make just 27.7 percent of three-pointers since shooting 66.7 percent against LIU-Brooklyn.
Wells continues to shoot at a blistering pace from the field, becoming the first ACC player to notch 11 field goals in one game this season, primarily because he’s so deft at knifing through traffic and creating space for open layups. Faust excels at a similar game, while Alex Len, James Padgett, Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare are all high-percentage shooters by nature.
“We talked about driving the ball, being more aggressive,” Turgeon said. “That’s the good thing. Each game’s different. You figure out a way to win. If you’re not going to make jump shots you better get to the foul line. We didn’t make them, so you better get second-chance points or get to the rim. We’ll make them as the season goes on.”
>> After breaking out with hot shooting performances against Georgia Southern and Northwestern, Aronhalt played just three minutes versus the Patriots, his fewest since the season opener against Kentucky.
“Wasn’t a good game for Logan,” Turgeon said. “I coach by feel. Made a couple substitutions to try to get him in, they were doubling Alex. … Logan didn’t get a fair chance today, but this wasn’t his game to play in. I thought he got better defensively, and that’s what’s important.”
>> Turgeon was far more reserved than he’s been when discussing a sparse announced crowd of 10,256 at the Verizon Center.
“I thought the crowd was loud,” Turgeon said. “I didn’t look up, to be honest. I saw my family, saw they made it in and relaxed.”
He also held back a little bit more than he did Saturday when asked if Maryland will continue to participate in the BB&T Classic.
“I hope so. It’s for a good cause,” Turgeon said. “That’s something I’ll handle with them privately. It’s a lot of fun, raise a lot of money. We’d like to be back, but we also have to take care of Maryland. But we’ll see.”
>> Maryland assistant coach Dalonte Hill was absent from the Terps bench Saturday, dealing with seven blood clots in his leg, Turgeon said.
“He’s doing better,” Turgeon said. “He’s doing what he needs to do to take care of blood clots. We’re hoping by the end of next week he’ll be back in the office.”
Turgeon later clarified that to mean the end of this week. He’s hopeful for Thursday or Friday.