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Forcing inefficient game from T.J. Warren key for Terps vs. N.C. State

Basketball players can score more than 20 points in several ways. They can do it efficiently -- multiple trips to the free-throw line, minimum field-goal attempts, a high shooting percentage.

Or they can keep shooting until they hit 20 points.

It’s an important distinction, and one that Maryland coach Mark Turgeon made Sunday after the Terps practiced in anticipation of Monday night’s game at N.C. State (9 p.m., ESPNU).

The Wolfpack are led by T.J. Warren, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward who averages 22.2 points per game, which leads the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“He’s going to get his, probably,” Turgeon said of Warren, who is expected to guarded by Maryland wing players Nick Faust and Dez Wells.

But it’s how Warren accomplishes the feat that matters most.

“Our whole thing with Warren is, if he gets 20 points -- or gets his average -- that he does it on 19, 20 shots,” Turgeon said. “If he gets 22 on eight shots, that’s not going to be good for us. Or he gets 30 on 10 shots, that’s not going to be good for us. We’ve got to make him earn it."

Remember Terrell Stoglin?

The former Maryland guard once scored 33 points in a double-overtime loss at Miami on Feb. 1, 2012.

The point total looks impressive, but it doesn't appear as good when you consider he shot 9-for-26. The total included 6-for-20 on 3-point attempts. The man was not shy.

Turgeon wasn’t suggesting that Warren is going to have that type of game. But I’ll be monitoring the in-game stats from PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. on Monday night.

Will Warren have an efficient game, such as the 8-for-16 performance he had in a recent loss to Wake Forest? He shoots 50.3 percent on the season and leads the conference in offensive rebounds at 3.2 per game.

“I think it’s about Nick and Dez [defensively], and it’s also about our whole team being aware of him,” Turgeon said. “In transition, you’ve got to be aware of him. Second-chance points, you’ve got to box him out.

"Hopefully, by 9 o’clock, we’ll be pretty dialed on on what we’re supposed to do defensively.”

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