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Thoughts on Maryland’s 89-63 loss to Iona:
There is really no way to sugarcoat it: Maryland’s performance against Iona was bad with shades of awful in the second half. After trailing by just 3 at the half, Iona blew off the barn doors in the second stanza, outscoring Maryland 52-29 en route to a 26 point win.
The Terps struggled at almost every facet of the game against the Gaels. That makes it difficult to pinpoint just one area that needs improvement. It is also difficult to fully assess the team while they are without their starting point guard and possible starting center.
With that said, here are some observations:
TERRAPIN TURNOVER MACHINE
Maryland’s carelessness with the ball was evident from the opening tip and it continued throughout until the final seconds ticked away. For the game, Maryland turned the ball over 26 times. Yes folks, you read that correctly. Once more for emphasis: Maryland turned the ball over 26 times. From carelessness bringing the ball up by Mychal Parker to dribbling into a corner trap by walk-on Jonathan Thomas, Maryland just couldn’t do anything right with the ball in their possession.
It becomes more evident with every passing game just how important Pe’Shon Howard is for this team to have any sustainable success. Maryland needs a steady playmaker who can take care of the ball. They also need another player who can step up and consistently hit some three point shots. Moreover, it will allow Stoglin to get some additional open looks playing off the ball as well as move Faust to the wing where they need another shooter.
MOSLEY’S RENEWED CONFIDENCE
After struggling in Maryland’s first round matchup versus Alabama, Sean Mosley put together his second strong outing in Puerto Rico against Iona. Mosley finished with 21 points and 4 rebounds, including 4 of 8 from three-point range versus the Gaels. In his last two outings, Mosley has shot a combined 11 of 19 from the field, including 8 of 14 from beyond the arc. Throw in the fact that he was 7 of 8 from the free throw line and Mosley has simply been on fire. He has shown over the past two games why he was one of the most efficient players in the ACC as a sophomore. If the Terps can continue to get this kind of production from Mosley going forward they have the chance to be a very dangerous team, especially with Pe’Shon Howard back in the lineup.
FREE THROW WOES
Yet once again Maryland struggled mightily as a team from the foul line. Mychal Parker, who was 2 of 8 from the line coming into the game, missed all four of his free throw attempts. James Padgett missed all three of his attempts and is now 3 of 11 on the year. These are two key contributors that Maryland is going to have to rely on this season. For Maryland to consistently win games this year they are going to need each of them to improve.