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Which is why Saturday’s 67-57 win at
“I think it was as mentally tough as we’ve been on the road this year,” Turgeon said on Monday’s
Much of Maryland's ability to overcome the foul trouble was the result of Wake Forest's inability to stop Wells, who finished with a game-high 23 points. Wells made several big plays after Turgeon put him -- as well as Len -- back in the game after the Demon Deacons had erased Maryland's lead, which was six points at halftime and eight early in the second half.
But Turgeon also attributed it to a "not so fun film session" Thursday after the Georgia Tech game followed by what the second-year Maryland coach called a "good practice" Friday. Unlike past road trips, the Terps went straight from Atlanta to Winston-Salem, N.C. rather than return to campus for a little more than a day.
"I think it was a mindset going in with our guys. They decided, 'Hey, time for us to grow up and start winning on the road,' or at least play with a little toughness on the road," Turgeon said Monday. "They had to do it. We were pretty good offensively, if you take away the turnovers. We tend to do that. We fought through the turnovers. We fought through the foul trouble and got it done."
Whether the Terps can maintain that focus could determine whether they have any chance of playing in the postseason.