Originally written on SCACC Hoops  |  Last updated 11/17/14

Maryland let UNC-Wilmington hang around most of the game until putting them away with free throws in the closing moments. Relying mostly on solid defense, free throws and rebounding it wasn't a visually pleasing contest. The offense was very uneven, particularly in the 1st half, and it is clear the team will continue to struggle with a lack of ball handlers on the roster.

Terrell Stoglin didn't start due to a run in with coach Mark Turgeon of an undisclosed nature. Truth is Stoglin was the only guard who showed much of an ability to score. Sean Mosley showed more of the same we have seen from him over his first three seasons: great effort and hustle and an inability to shoot the basketball with any efficiency. It is too early to judge Nick Faust and Mychal Parker and both have a chance to improve, greatly in Faust's case, over the course of the season, but both will need to produce more than 3/8 shooting in 54 combined minutes like they did the other night. Without the surprising production of Ashton Pankey and James Padgett who combined for 25 points and 15 rebounds it may have been a different result. I think Pankey and Padgett will be much better than fans thought as a duo. They are both content to do the dirty work on the inside and seem more than capable of replacing Dino Gregory's production (vastly overrated by fans) from last season. Berend Weijs needs to do a much better job of keeping out of foul trouble and if he can't stay on the floor Padgett and Pankey will be worn out in the 2nd half of games. It is interesting to note that I think the frontcourt, which was supposed to be a weak area, as a group outplayed the backcourt. We'll know more in the coming games against in Puerto Rico when they have to go against bigger and better forwards.

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