It was interesting to hear Mark Turgeon talk about his team’s final sequence in Wednesday’s 51-50 win over No. 14 North Carolina State.
After the game, Turgeon talked about how the Terps didn’t run the play he called coming out of any timeouts.
“We ran a play that was supposed to isolate the middle. Dez [Wells] was taking it in because I trusted him,” Turgeon said. “Pe’Shon [Howard] was supposed to be a decoy on the other side of halfcourt. It was more of an isolation play that never developed.”
Howard ended up getting the ball when Seth Allen picked up his dribble.
Taking a friendly poke at the reporter who had asked why Wells wasn’t more involved on the play, Turgeon said, “We won the game, you know that?”
Alex Len, whose lay-in off an baseline airball by Howard with a second remaining gave Maryland a much-needed victory, said after the game that the final shot was supposed to be a 3-pointer by Logan Aronhalt.
When I asked Turgeon about that during his Friday’s news conference in College Park, he smiled.
“He got a little confused,” Turgeon said. “There’s a little difference running it practice and when there’s 18,000 people and the lights are on.”