COLLEGE PARK—The University of Maryland men’s basketball team displayed its grit Thursday night with a 66-50 win against the Fordham Rams at the XFINITY Center. Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said the team’s performance satisfied him because it came out with a victory even though it did not play it’s best brand of basketball. “I […]
COLLEGE PARK—The University of Maryland men’s basketball team displayed its grit Thursday night with a 66-50 win against the Fordham Rams at the XFINITY Center.
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said the team’s performance satisfied him because it came out with a victory even though it did not play it’s best brand of basketball.
“I thought we were terrific defensively tonight,” Turgeon said. “I thought we guarded and guarded and guarded some more. We haven’t really practiced switching screens very much, but we did it in the game tonight and it helped us.”
Turgeon said switching screens made it easier for his team to stop the Rams from penetrating in the lane.
The Terrapins struggled offensively in the first half, shooting 36 percent from the floor and putting up only 23 points. The Terrapins were unable to penetrate the lane because of the Rams’ zone defense, and were forced to take jump shots instead of getting easy looks at the rim.
“We got some good looks against their zone, we just didn’t make them. The difference in the second half is that we made shots,” Turgeon said. “Right before halftime we changed what we were doing against their zone.”
The Terrapins shot 52 percent in the second half and scored 43 points against the Rams’ 2-3 zone. The Terrapins opened the half on fire, making all three of their shots in the first four minutes of the second half and scoring nine points.
The Terrapins do not run too much zone offense, Turgeon said, because he believes the players are talented enough to work through zone schemes naturally. However, Turgeon said he may implement zone offense schemes after this game to give defenses different looks in an effort to confuse them.
Freshman guard Jared Nickens stood out in the victory, displaying an ability to score against the zone.
Nickens scored 13 points, although it took him 12 shots to do so. Even though Nickens did not shoot the ball well, Turgeon said he still had a good game and did a good job of following his misses.
Nickens said his shots came as a result of good ball movement and sound offensive execution from his teammates.
“Even against man-to-man, we have a lot of shooters on our team so we just move the ball,” Nickens said. “Someone is bound to get open at some point. I would just say its good offense. If anyone drives, there will always be a shooter in the corner or on the wing.”
Richaud Pack displayed his all-around skills on Thursday night. Pack scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists to his teammates.
“Richaud is really, really solid,” Turgeon said. “He just does everything right. He guards the best player, plays multiple positions and he’s really unselfish.”
Defensively, the Terrapins held the Rams to 30 percent shooting from the floor. Pack said the team gave a good defensive effort against the Rams, but he still wants to see the team play even better.
“We were satisfied in the first half,” Pack said. “There were times in the second half where we let up, I think maybe late in the game, where we could have played harder on the defensive end.”