A patchwork lineup delivered Maryland’s most lopsided victory of the season Thursday at Comcast Center, where the Terrapins rolled past Boston College, 81-65. An emotional appeal from Coach Mark Turgeon was the glue that held it together.
It followed a two-day break that Turgeon gave his players following last Saturday’s 18-point beat-down at Duke, when the Terps struggled to run basic plays without starting point guard Pe’Shon Howard, and evidence of locker-room discontent seeped out via social media in the aftermath.
Instead of berating his squad, Turgeon ordered a break so players could rest their legs and reset their attitudes. When they reconvened to prepare for Boston College, he talked to them about what it meant to be a team and rely on one another.
“I don’t care if Pe’Shon is hurt,” Turgeon told his squad. “If we’re down to five guys, we can still be a good team.”
In just their second game without Howard, lost for the season to a torn knee ligament, Maryland rode a barrage of three-point shots by Terrell Stoglin and the tough, inside play of forward James Padgett to their most lopsided victory of the season.
Stoglin scored 19 of his game-high 24 points in the first half. Padgett (15 points), Nick Faust (14) and Sean Mosley (13) also hit double figures to improve the Terps’ record to 15-10 overall, 5-6 in the ACC.
The victory was the product of tough-nosed defense, too. Maryland held Boston College’s freshmen-laden roster under 33 percent from the field, while hitting 50 percent of its own shots.
“Today everyone was just playing off each other,” Stoglin said. “We played together, and it was a good win.”
Turgeon tinkered with his starting lineup, sending out a front court of 6-foot-10 center Berend Weijs in place of Padgett and 6-9 redshirt freshman Ashton Pankey. The change-up was a reward for Weijs’s hard work in practice and an effective spark for Padgett, who muscled inside for all 15 of his points in a strong second half.
Stoglin broke the game open early, knocking down 14 consecutive points—including four three-pointers—in a span of 2 minutes 45 seconds. With his second basket from beyond the arc, he set a record for three-pointers by a Maryland sophomore, his 65 eclipsing Greivis Vasquez’s mark of 64 in 2008.
Suddenly the Terps were raining three-pointers, with Faust, Mychal Parker and Mosley hitting from long range to put Maryland up 27-12.
Faust followed with a flashy reverse layup that capped a 25-2 run, and Boston College Coach Steve Donahue called timeout.
The Terps made everything look easy, bolting to a 33-14 lead. But the momentum shifted on a series of Maryland misses from point-blank range, and the Eagles reeled off eight straight points.
Stoglin hit his fifth three-pointer as he fell on his rump. Maryland took a 41-27 lead to the break.
Boston College (8-18, 3-9) scored a quick six points to open the second half, slashing to the basket and pounding the boards for layups and second-chance points.
The Terps responded, with Faust and Padgett doing the heavy lifting. It was the sort of toughness Maryland lacked against Duke.
The Eagles, led by Ryan Anderson’s 22 points, pulled within double-digits with 3:34 remaining. But Faust electrified the crowd of 12,465 with a mighty dunk. And Stoglin drew cheers for an alley-oop to Parker.
Before tip-off, the No. 25 jersey of former Terp Ernie Graham was raised at Comcast Center, where it will hang alongside those of Len Elmore, Tom McMillen, John Lucas, Juan Dixon, Len Bias and 11 others.
Graham led the Terps in steals his senior season and ranks 13th among Maryland players in scoring and 16th in assists. He also holds the record for most points in a game, scoring 44 against N.C. State his sophomore season, in 1978.
“I don’t know if I always deserve the grace that God has given me,” said Graham, who overcame drug addiction to work with Baltimore youth. “I believe if they had done this 35 years ago, I wouldn’t have appreciated it as much as I do now.”