Terps' 105-76 win in season opener full of freshmen, turnovers and success
Tuesday, November 9, 2010; 12:02 AM
It was a game of bold experimentation by Gary Williams, who tinkered with his lineup throughout, and wild exuberance by freshmen eager to make a splash.
The result was a flurry of turnovers but no shortage of effort or athleticism in Maryland's season opener Monday, with enough rim-rattling dunks and furious blocks to entertain the crowd of 13,427 that turned out to see the revamped Terrapins.
And after a closer-than-expected first half, Maryland pulled away from a gritty Seattle team to win in convincing style, 105-76.
Four Terps finished in double figures, led by junior guard Sean Mosley's 21. Sophomore forward Jordan Williams had a double-double, with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Senior Cliff Tucker poured in 16. And Terrell Stoglin, the first freshman off the bench after starting point guard Adrian Bowie drew two quick fouls, scored 15 points in 18 minutes of work.
Fellow freshman Pe-Shon Howard played even longer and made his presence felt as well, with five points, eights assists and three steals in 24 minutes.
Williams, who played 11 different players in the back-and-forth first half and all 13 on his roster by game's end, proclaimed it a terrific learning experience, with Seattle's quick pace and pressure exposing plenty of weaknesses to work on.
Turnovers were a particular trouble spot, with the Terps coughing up the ball 15 times in the first half alone. They finished with 29 turnovers, compared to 23 assists.
"We have some good, young player that are going to make some mistakes," Williams said. "Hopefully we'll get better as things go along here."
The Terps shot 56.5 percent while holding Seattle to 36.4 percent from the floor. Also encouraging: Maryland hit 33 of 41 free throws (80.5 percent), including 24 of 27 in the second half.
Monday's game was the first of three in seven days for the Terps, who host the College of Charleston Wednesday and Maine Sunday afternoon.
The crowd was on its feet when the 2010-11 Terrapins trotted onto the court and chanted "Gar-ree! "Gar-ree!" when Williams followed and greeted students with a clenched jaw and right fist.
The proceedings opened with a video tribute to last season's 24-9 squad, co-champions of the ACC, 2010 Player of the Year Greivis Vasquez, and Williams, named the conference coach of the year.