If he is to sleep well at night, Maryland coach
says he desperately needs his young team to do all the little things such as boxing out and getting back consistently on defense.
But the coach knows that there will be games such as Sunday's when what he also needs is a heavy dose of Terrell Stoglin simply being Terrell Stoglin.
Stoglin scored 31 points, one shy of his career high, and hit a key basket with 13 seconds remaining as Maryland held on for a 78-71 victory over Notre Dame in the
Classic at Verizon Center.
Stoglin can occasionally be maddening for coaches. He can rush shots and neglect his defensive duties. But, in his second season, he has become a dynamic scorer -- so much so that Notre Dame coach Mike Brey likened Stoglin Sunday to some notable former
guards who never seemed to get enough shots to satisfy them.
"He's like World B. Free, man. He's like the Microwave of College Park," Brey said. The "Microwave" was the nickname of former
scorer Vinnie Johnson.
With the Terps lacking depth and scoring punch, Turgeon has said that he will need Stoglin to occasionally be "selfish" this year. The sophomore shot 11-for-20, taking nearly twice as many shots as any of his teammates. But he kept Maryland in the lead for most of the game.
Stoglin scored five straight points as the Terps bolted to a 51-40 lead with 11:59 remaining. Later, Stoglin hit a runner in the lane and a foul shot to restore the lead to 66-56.
A 3-pointer by Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton cut Maryland's margin to four with 1:25 left. With Maryland leading by just 74-71, Stoglin hit a jumper with 13 seconds left.
Stoglin said he thought he got fouled on the shot. He didn't get the call, but Notre Dame's Jerian Grant (20 points) -- who is from Bowie and is the son of former NBA player Harvey Grant -- missed a 3-pointer on the other end and Maryland sealed the game on foul shots.
The Terps (4-3) got to the foul line 35 times, making 25. They are averaging 32 free throws in their four victories. In their worst loss -- by 26 points to Iona -- they got to the line just 17 times.
"We really tried to drive the ball, and we tried to play inside-out going through James [Padgett] in the second half when he had a 6-5 guy guarding him," Turgeon said.
Padgett, coming off a career-high 16 points in his last game, recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
"He wore us down," Brey said of Padgett.
Each team was depleted in its own way. Maryland is awaiting the returns of point guard Pe'Shon Howard (broken bone in foot) and center Alex Len, who was suspended 10 games because he had once signed a contract with a team overseas. Notre Dame's best player, senior forward Tim Abromaitis, is out for the season with a knee injury.
"We're not going to be more athletic than a lot of teams, but we were more athletic than Notre Dame," Turgeon said.
Sean Mosley had 17 points, his second-best scoring game of the season. Maryland forward Ashton Pankey only played one minute.
Turgeon would say only that Pankey's limited playing time was the coach's decision. Turgeon had told reporters on Saturday that Pankey "has gone brain-dead at times and he's a very smart player."
Turgeon said winning a close game would help the team's confidence. "I expect the guys to come to practice a lot more enthused after a win," he said.