COLLEGE PARK, MD - Maryland coach Mark Turgeon knows his talented-bu- inexperienced team has to endure the typical growing pains that come along with the early part of the schedule. But three games into this season, he and his squad are getting glimpses of just how good they can be.
The Maryland Terrapins (2-1) muscled their way to a 91-74 win over the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds, showing off the balanced scoring attack most observers believed they would have this season.Three Terps finished the game with at least 15 points.
"That was a good win for us," Turgeon said, "[We] had a lot of guys step up and play well. "
Maryland was able to spread the wealth in due in large part to junior point guard PeShon Howard, who turned in one of his finest performances of his career, registering 13 assists to just one turnover.
"I finally got double digits [in assists]," Howard said. "I got scorers all around me, so it makes my job so much easier...as long as my teammates score, I don't mind at all. "
It was a tight affair throughout the first half, as Maryland's "big" starting lineup committed 12 turnovers and was slow to react in transition, leading to easy scores for the Blackbirds.
"I was really stubborn tonight," the coach said. "I kept the big lineup in. I get tired of bailing kids out [of bad situations], I want them to bail themselves out."
But in the second half, Turgeon decided to give his bigs a rest and go with his smaller lineup, speeding up the pace of the game and sparking an offensive turnaround in the second period. Maryland scored 52 points in the second half, led by a barrage of three pointers by freshman guard Seth Allen to ice the game.
Despite the encouraging signs shown in the win, Turgeon stressed that the key to remaining balanced offensively is for his players to remain unselfish.
"Guys have got to grow up and put Maryland first," he said. "You better play well when you're in. There's not [enough minutes to play everyone]. We'll do our best to keep them happy. But they gotta keep themselves happy. As long as we're winning, I think that cures a lot of things."