Notes on Maryland 61, Georgia Tech 50

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Fans couldn't have helped but notice how Sean Mosley scored the game's final seven points, including four free throws and a big 3-pointer with 2:36 to go.

But I hope they also noticed the senior's defense on Glen Rice Jr., who entered the game having scored 28 points in a loss to Duke and 22 in a win over North Carolina State.

Rice's line on Sunday? He was 2-for-8 from the floor, including 0-for-3 on 3-pointers, and finished with six points.

No wonder first-year Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said Mosley "was the toughest kid on the court,” which is high praise in the ACC.

I featured Mosley in my updated story about a game in which neither team could eclipse 30 percent shooting in the first half.

More Gregory: "I think you saw kind of a preview of what Maryland and Georgia Tech games are going to be like in the future. Mark (Turgeon) and I come from a lot of the same school of thought in terms of defense, rebounding and so forth. It's hard to score out there."

More observations:

*Turgeon has told Pe'Shon Howard he needs to score more. Howard took three shots in the first five minutes , making a 3-pointer. But he finished with five points and five turnovers.

*Alex Len was called twice for goaltending/basket interference  and still seems to be getting accustomed to U.S. rules. The second call came on a Howard drive that Len took off the rim with Maryland leading 24-21 in the second half.  Len came out moments later. Howard could have used the points and the accompanying confidence. Len did have nine rebounds and three blocks.

*The Terps shot 19 of 23 from the foul line (82.6 percent). Since Maryland is likely to be playing in many more close games, Turgeon hopes they can continue to hit from the line. The Terps entered the game ranked 11th in the conference in free-throw shooting.


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