CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Head coach Mark Turgeon of the Texas A&M Aggies reacts in the first half of the game against the Florida State Seminoles during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Illinois Vs. Maryland: Terps Falter In Second Half, Fall, 71-62

The Maryland Terrapins played well for a while, but Illinois wore them down in the second half to come away with a 71-62 victory in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge.

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Illinois Vs. Maryland: Mark Turgeon Wont Make Excuses But Sees Improvement in 71-62 Loss

COLLEGE PARK, Md - Despite suffering his first ACC/Big 10 Challenge, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon sounded pleased with the effort his team put forth, particularly in the first half of the 71-62 loss to Illinois. The loss drops the Terps' record to 3-3, while Illinois advances to 7-0.

Speaking with reporters after the game, Turgeon said he saw improvement in his team after a rough road trip to Puerto Rico and though the play in the first half was as good as he had seen from the Maryland bench.

"I couldn't have been more proud in the first half," Turgeon said. "I feel a lot better tonight than last week."

Turgeon said the second half letdown can be attributed to a lot of things; poor offensive execution, poor point guard play, poor defensive rebounding and missed free throws. Turgeon also pointed out that Illinois is a good, well-coached team that had a gameplan and made adjustments after halftime. 

"This is a great game for us to play this early in the year," the Maryland coach said. "I got a lot of faith."

Asked specifically about forward James Padgett, who starred early in the game with aggressive play and finished with 16 points and five rebounds, Turgeon was measured.

"I'm proud of him, but he's got to give us more. You got to do it for 40 minutes," Turgeon said.

Speaking after the game, Padgett voiced similar comments as his coach. "I have to go get it," the junior from Brooklyn said. "We're getting better. We have to learn how to win. Sometimes we make mistakes, we're a young team."

Padgett said that when his coach expresses confidence in him, it gives him more confidence. It showed early when Turgeon called for ball to go to Padgett on the block. He scored nine of his 16 points in the first half. He told reporters he was ready and excited for the opportunity to be the main scorer for this team in the interior.

The main scorer for the Terps continues to be Terrell Stoglin. He led all Maryland scorers with 25 points, and his coach said that his play was solid. Turgeon said that Stoglin will take some ill-advised shots, but that he can make those shots. 

"The point guard play has got to be better," Turgeon said, adding that he was particularly disappointed with Stoglin early in the second half when the guard did not hustle back in transition defense. 

"We're in a learning process. Everything's new," Stoglin said post game. He admitted that he rushed the ball at times and that the team defense slacked in the second half. 

Padgett, Stoglin and Turgeon all seemed to be in agreement that the team showed improvement and there is much more work to be done for the Terps this year. All night against Illinois, senior guard Sam Maniscalco hurt the Terps. Through sharp shooting and an awareness for the game, Maniscalco led the Illini with 24 points, including five three-pointers. 

Turgeon said after the game that Maniscalco "killed us. Killed us all night."

For more news, discussion and analysis on the Terps, visit SB Nation's Maryland blog, Testudo Times.


Illinois Vs. Maryland Final Score: Illini Rally In Second Half For 71-62 Win

The Maryland Terrapins fought harder than most expected in their ACC/Big 10 Challenge game against Illinois at Comcast Center, but their efforts fell short. A 35-31 halftime lead was quickly erased, and Illinois fought off the best efforts of Terrell Stoglin to come away with a 71-62 win. The loss drops the Terps to 3-3 on the young season, with losses to Alabama, Iona and Illinois. The Fightlng Illini move to 7-0 on the year.

Terrell Stoglin scored a game-high 25 points in the loss, hitting 4-8 from three-point range, including a number of shots late in the game. James Padgett added 16 points, but he was the only other Terps player in double figures. Sam Maniscalo was outstanding for Illinois, scoring 22 points and hitting 5-8 from three-point range. Two other Illinois player scored in double figures to lead the way. Freshman Nick Faust struggled for the Terps, scoring just five points on 2-11 from the field.

For more news, discussion and analysis on the Terps, visit SB Nation's Maryland blog, Testudo Times.


Maryland Vs. Illinois Score Update: Terrapins Lead Illini, 35-31, At Half Of ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Led by early season scoring machine Terrell Stoglin, the Maryland Terrapins lead Illinois 35-31 as the teams head to the locker room at half in College Park. Stoglin has 13 points through the first twenty minutes, hitting two of three attempts from downtown and going on a personal 9 point run to give Maryland a cushion in the final ten minutes of the half. Stoglin continues to get into the lane and draw fouls, as he has done all year. 

As a team, Maryland did a good job of getting into the lane and challenging the Illini big men, getting into the double bonus by the end of the half. James Padgett was a catalyst, getting to the line 8 times and hitting six attempts. He made his first five in the half but then missed his last three as he went cold at the end of the half. The Terps were just 8 of 15 from the line, putting the Illini in foul trouble but squandering the opportunity. Home underdogs, the Terps will look for Stoglin to lead them an upset win and give the ACC the early lead in the challenge.

For more news, discussion and analysis on the Terps, visit SB Nation's Maryland blog, Testudo Times.


Illinois Vs. Maryland Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The maryland Terrapins will play one of their biggest non-conference opponents on Tuesday in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge on Tuesday night when they host the Fighting Illini of Illinois. Illinois is undefeated on the year at 6-0 while the Terps have a 3-2 record without any wins over quality opponents.

It will be an excellent opportunity for the Terps to show exactly what kind of team they have this year, or at least that they won't stop fighting when they are seemingly overmatched, a skill that will come in handy later when they face the best teams on their ACC Schedule.

Teams: Illinois Vs. Maryland

Location: Comcast Arena in College Park, Maryland

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV Information: ESPN.

Radio: ESPN 980 AM.

We'll be covering this game as well as the rest of the ACC-Big 10 Challenge in this StoryStream, but for more on the Maryland Terrapins please check out Testudo Times. For more on the Illini head over to our Illinois blog Hail To The Orange.


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