Maryland Trounces Colgate, 95-40, Terps Cruise in Final Tune-up Before Duke
Maryland guard Sean Mosley #14 slams a thunderous dunk during the Terrapins' 95-40 victory over Colgate at the Comcast Center in College Park, MD on Tuesday, January 4, 2011. Eugene Huskey/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, M.D. - The Maryland Men’s basketball team defeated the Colgate Raiders 95 - 40 Tuesday evening behind a balanced performance from both their starters and bench players. The win improved the Terps’ record to 10-4 on the season and the 55 point victory is the Terps’ largest of the season. Maryland was paced by senior guard Adrian Bowie’s 16 points, five assists, and six rebounds. Freshman guard Terrell Stoglin, who replaced fellow freshman Pe’Shon Howard in the starting lineup, scored 12 points while dishing out four assists.
Maryland got another double-double out of sophomore center Jordan Williams, extending his streak to eight consecutive games, four shy of the school record of 12 straight held by former Terp great Len Elmore.  Williams joined seniors Dino Gregory and Cliff Tucker in reaching double figures in the game.

Maryland began the game by allowing Colgate to score a quick two points but responded by going on a 22-0 run that concluded with eleven and a half minutes remaining in the first half.

“We had them down 22-2 at one point and we were killing them” said center Jordan Williams. “That is great to know that our team can start off that well because we are going to need that Sunday in Durham.”

Senior guard/forward Cliff Tucker echoed Williams’ sediments; “It was real important to come in and win this game decisively. We didn’t want to come out sluggish and have to have Coach Williams worry about this game.”

Maryland’s defense held Colgate to 17 points in the first half on just 20% shooting. On defense, Maryland consistently contested the Raiders’ shots throughout the game, racking up six blocks in the process. The Terps were also able to out rebound the Raiders by 25, enabling Maryland to continually build on and maintain their lead.

“I think we missed some shots early, we took some bad shots” said Colgate head coach Emmett Davis. “The rebounding is a big part of the story.”

Maryland head coach Gary Williams was happy with his team’s effort tonight, especially on the defensive end.

“I’m very pleased with the defensive effort tonight. The effort was like we’ve been practicing. We were able to take what we did in practice and put it into the game tonight.”

After a few missed shots to begin the game, Maryland settled into a nice groove behind freshman point guard Terrell Stoglin, who started for the first time tonight.

“What Terrell does is he creates a lot of energy early on” head coach Gary Williams said. “I just thought we’d try that and it worked pretty well for us. He handled it well.”

Maryland had eleven players finish the game with over eight minutes on the court tonight, received 37 points and 16 rebounds from their bench players, lead by Cliff Tucker.

The game against Colgate marked the final tune-up for Maryland before facing a tough three-game road stretch that will have the Terps playing at Duke, at Wake Forest and then in Philadelphia against Villanova.

First up is a trip down tobacco road to face rival and number one ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor stadium. While the upcoming three game stretch is daunting, head coach Gary Williams knows that his team will be ready, after being tested earlier this year while participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer classic in New York.

“We know how we played against Illinois, we know how we played against Pittsburgh, Boston College…we have those things that we’ve done already this year and we didn’t win” Williams said. “At least we know early on that if we continue to work hard, we have a chance to beat people at that level.”

Sophomore forward Jordan Williams was excited about the prospect of facing the number one team in a hostile environment; “This is my first time playing against the number one team in the country, it’s definitely exciting for me.  It’s going to be a tough challenge. Duke is a great team, but I think we’re a great team too. Just because the team has a number one in front of it doesn’t mean we play anything outside of our game. We just have to play a little harder and a little more aggressive. We’re excited for that challenge. “

Jordan also believes he and his teammates are better than the ones who played at Madison Square garden back in November. “I think we’ve grown a lot since then. We were really young mentally, on and off the court. We’re getting better each week.”

Maryland tips off against Duke at 8:00 PM on Sunday.