Maryland men's basketball crushes Colgate, 95-40
Wednesday, January 5, 2011; 1:20 AM
It was to beat Colgate in a particular way - a way that would serve the team when the competition becomes more formidable, starting with Sunday's game against defending national champion Duke.
They started quickly, shaking off a troubling early-season tendency to ease into games, bolting to a 22-2 lead with freshman Terrell Stoglin providing a spark in his debut in the starting lineup.
They played terrific defense irrespective of the score, holding Colgate to 26 percent shooting and its lowest point total (40) all season.
And on offense, they sublimated the impulse to pad their own stats and instead made the extra pass that gave a teammate a higher percentage shot. The result was a 52 percent shooting night, with 27 assists on 38 baskets.
By night's end, all 12 Terrapins were represented on the stat sheet, including 12th man Ersin Levent, who entered the lineup with 2 minutes 35 seconds remaining. And virtually everyone turned in a performance to be proud of.
Adrian Bowie, who has flourished since sliding from the point-guard to shooting-guard role, led all players with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting while adding six rebounds and five assists.
For Williams, the sophomore center who has shouldered much of the offense for the Terps this season, it was yet another night with a double-double (11 rebounds in addition to his 12 points) - this one amassed in just 27 minutes of work.
With Williams getting rare rest on the bench, the Terps got good production from big men Gregory and Berend Weijs - an encouraging sign for the development of the front court.
Picked to finish seventh in the eight-team Patriot League, Colgate (1-12) was hardly the ideal tuneup for a team preparing to face the unbeaten Duke Blue Devils. Among Colgate's 11 consecutive losses to open the season was a 52-point defeat to Duke (110-58) on Nov. 19.