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Tug-of-war continues between Stoglin, Turgeon

By Jeff Barker

The Baltimore Sun

10:02 PM EST, February 11, 2012

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The season-long tug-of-war between Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and leading scorer Terrell Stoglin continues.

If the reporters on press row got bored with Saturday's Duke game, they could gaze across at the Maryland bench and watch Stoglin fretting. Here is what I saw when I looked over: Stoglin slumped on the bench, his body language radiating displeasure. Granted, this was just one glance and I don't know what he was doing during the rest of his pine time.

He played 17 minutes in the first half, 13 minutes in the second.

A widely-retweeted post attributed to Stoglin said “Loved sittin that bench today,” but the tweet was not on his Twitter page later Saturday night and the player was not made available to the media after the game. A later message on his Twitter page said: "Never tweet after a loss. not a bad dude just frustrated. Love terpnation! My fault."

Here is what Turgeon said after the game: "Well, they just weren't going to let Terrell beat them. That's the reason [Coach K] has won 900-something games. He is no dummy. They weren't going to let Terrell beat them, and he can't handle it. Then, we get frustrated because he throws out of the double team, and guys aren't making plays. So he gets frustrated. His shot selection wasn't great. It was hurting us. We cut it to four without him, so we took him out. We've got to learn from it. We can't shoot shots like that and be a good team on the road, but he has carried us. He has carried us. So, it is just one game. Hopefully we will learn from it and be better on Thursday."

Some perspective: Turgeon has made a point of balancing his occasional criticism of Stoglin by pointing out how far the shooting guard has come. Here's the thing about these two this season -- they need each other.