After shooting 4 of 13 from the field in Tuesday’s 12-point loss at North Carolina, Maryland guard Seth Allen watched film of the game with assistant coach Scott Spinelli Friday before practice.
“At the North Carolina game, I was trying to get to the basket every time,” Allen said Saturday after Maryland’s 83-71 victory over Florida State. “He told me to work on my mid-range game.”
After practice Friday, Allen stayed around practicing his mid-range jump shots from spots around the arc, just inside the 3-point line. He said he made 23 of 25 before leaving the floor.
He also had to make the requisite layup, free throw and 3-pointer that is part of his ritual. The hot shooting continued – and the range expanded – in Allen’s career-high 32-point performance against the Seminoles.
To say that Allen was in a zone might be understating things a bit. He even hit one mid-range jumper when he had gone up to pass and also got fouled taking the only ill-advised 3-pointer among the 11 he tried.
“I was just making shots tonight,” Allen said. “My teammates got me open in transition and I was just making 3-pointers. It felt really good, the win felt even better.”
Sophomore forward Jake Layman, who has had a couple of shooting performances similar to Allen’s in his first two seasons, watched in admiration as Allen pulled up and buried one jumper after another.
“For the most part, he got a lot of his shots in our offense,” said Layman, who hit a couple of big 3-pointers himself late in the first half. “He was unbelievable.”
Mark Turgeon has been on Allen to not settle for jump shots. For one afternoon, Turgeon didn’t seem to mind, though Allen mixed things up with drives to the basket and also got the ball out to his wing shooters.
“He played smarter,” Turgeon said. “He took one bad shot in the first half, and they called a foul. He got bailed out on that. It was kind of our day. Sometimes, it’s just your day.
“He got to the rim. We talked about getting to the rim in transition. I didn’t know if we could get to the rim in the halfcourt. And late, when they converged, he made some really good passes.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun