Maryland basketball topped by Temple in BB&T Classic

Maryland Coach Gary Williams doesn't look pleased with the performance of the Terrapins against Temple, and ACC play looms a week away. (Photo by Joel Richardson/for The Washington Post)
Maryland Coach Gary Williams doesn't look pleased with the performance of the Terrapins against Temple, and ACC play looms a week away. (Photo by Joel Richardson/for The Washington Post)
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By Liz Clarke
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 6, 2010; 12:18 AM

The limitations of Maryland's offense were on stark display against Temple in the BB&T Classic on Sunday night at Verizon Center.

Eighteen minutes into the game, no player other than sophomore center Jordan Williams had scored more than two points. By then, the Terrapins trailed by 13, had turned over the ball nine times and were getting soundly out-rebounded.

And with no sign of improvement early in the second half, Coach Gary Williams yanked all of his starters but his 6-foot-10 center and put his faith in three freshmen and another sophomore, telling his substitues: "Work hard! We gotta come back!"

Williams got the spark he wanted from a bench that was desperate to prove its worth. But even the most valiant second-half spark wasn't enough to overcome a Temple team that simply battled harder, start to finish.

The result was a 64-61 loss that dropped Maryland to 6-3 and raises questions about the Terps' starting lineup with Atlantic Coast Conference play looming just a week away.

"We'll see how the next few days go in practice; that's all I can tell you," Williams said, asked if he was contemplating shuffling his starting lineup. "We'll work on some things, and we'll see if we can snap some people out of the way they played."

Regardless of what Coach Williams decides, the lessons of Sunday's defeat were clear: The Terps need a scoring option other than Jordan Williams, who finished with his seventh double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds) of the season, although freshman Terrell Stoglin (16 points) is fast emerging as that player.

Until the Terps develop an offense more evolved than "throw it into Jordan and stand around," as Gary Williams disparagingly characterized it, they can't afford to keep giving the ball away with errant passes and careless possessions.

Moreover, the Terps need to rebound better - particularly on offense - to give themselves more chances to score. Temple pounded them on the boards, 42-32.

Still, despite trailing by 15, Maryland's bench, which scored 35 of the Terps' 61 points, clawed back to tie the game with less than two minutes remaining.

The four starters not named Williams combined for just nine points on 3-of-15 shooting.

Gary Williams didn't mince words, saying he was "very disappointed" in the passive play of his veterans. After they opened the second half in the same listless fashion, with three turnovers and a missed jumper in the first three minutes to fall behind 36-21, he sent all but Jordan Williams to the bench and brought in Stoglin, Haukur Palsson, Pe'Shon Howard and James Padgett.


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