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Live from Atlanta: Terps Blast Wake

ATLANTA -- Maryland pulled away in the second half to earn its most lopsided ACC tournament win in a decade, beating Wake Forest, 82-60, Thursday in Atlanta.

Inspired by a pre-game talk with head coach Mark Turgeon, Terrell Stoglin led the charge as Maryland routed Wake Forest. (IMS File photo)

The 22-point win was the biggest tournament win for the Terps since 2002, when they beat Florida State 85-59.

“That was the best, most-complete game we’ve played all year,” coach Mark Turgeon said. “We defended. We rebounded. We executed.”

The game didn’t have the look of a blowout in the making early.
Wake led 28-27 with less than four minutes left in the first half. Maryland posted a 9-0 run during the next three minutes, before opening the second half with a 10-2 run to take the fight out of the Demon Deacons.

“They came out and hit us hard. In the second half, they just wore on us,” Wake coach Jeff Bzdelik said.

Terrell Stoglin scored eight points over the two runs to sandwich the half and finished the game with a team-high 25. It was the most points a Maryland player has scored in a tournament game since John Gilchrist scored 30 in the 2004 ACC title game win over Duke.

“I just wanted to do anything I could to help us win,” Stoglin said. “Coach was talking to me on the plane about being a better teammate—helping on the defensive end, getting teammates involved, rebounding, things other than scoring.”

Stoglin, who'd been slumping throughout February and early March, grabbed a career-high seven rebounds along with four assists and two steals. In addition to the conversation with Turgeon, Stoglin said he was motivated by a perceived slight.

The ACC media left Stoglin, the conference's leading scorer, off the all-ACC first team earlier this week.

“I always have a chip on my shoulder, but after the voting, I had even more of a chip,” he said.

Stoglin’s energy was contagious, as the Terps shot 57.7 percent in the second half and out-rebounded Wake, 20-12.

“The key to the second half was defensive rebounding,” Padgett said.
“We were able to get long rebounds. Long rebounds equal fast breaks,” Stoglin added.

Maryland’s overall defensive effort also helped spark its second-half run. Wake shot just nine of 26 in the second half, and Maryland forced eight turnovers after the break.

“We thought we could defend them well and pressure them. The press definitely helped us get turnovers, and we capitalized on them,” said freshman Nick Faust, who scored 19.

“In the first half, we couldn’t control their guards. I thought the second half, we did a much better job,” Turgeon said.

The win earned Maryland a rematch with top-seed North Carolina tomorrow at noon. Carolina won both games this year, escaping a close game with a nine-point win in College Park and cruising by 24 in Chapel Hill.

Note:The win wasn’t Maryland’s only good news on the day. Coach Turgeon was welcomed to Atlanta by a commitment from 6-8 power forward Charles Mitchell (Marietta, Ga.) earlier in the day. Turgeon wasn’t permitted to discuss the unofficial commitment per NCAA rules, but did say that, “It’s a great day for Maryland basketball for a lot of reasons.”

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