COLLEGE PARK - It's unlikely Charles Mitchell gets a second straight bad review from his coach.
Not after Mitchell injected some energy into a Maryland team that was struggling against Georgia Southern. The freshman forward used every bit of his 6-foot, 8-inch frame to overpower the Eagles in the paint and help the Terrapins pull away in the second half in a 70-53 victory before 10,282 at Comcast Center.
Mitchell scored 13 points, a team high, and posted his first career double-double thanks to 11 rebounds. And it was his energy coming off the bench that fueled the Terrapins to their fourth consecutive win. Mitchell's performance was a pleasant one for coach Mark Turgeon, who didn't like what he saw during the team's video breakdown of Tuesday's win over Lafayette.
"I think every mistake in film session was me," he said. "Yeah, it was terrible. ... I took it as constructive criticism. The next few practices, I practiced hard. I was very focused, just to show him that I had really changed."
Mitchell led Maryland's surge after a slow start, then helped the Terps (4-1) open things up in the second half.
They came out of the break on a 17-4 run, with a Logan Aronhalt 3-pointer leading things off. Mitchell scored the Terps' next six points before Alex Len scored inside on the next possession.
Nick Faust canned a 3 of his own two trips later, and when Len completed a three-point play with 14 minutes, 42 seconds remaining, the Terrapins led 46-30.
Maryland made 17 of 29 shots in the second half and finished at 49.1 percent from the field, with Mitchell's pep a big reason for the improvement.
"Some guys respond [to criticism] the right way and other guys start pouting," Turgeon said. "He responded the right way. He had bounce to him; he was excited and ready to go. He looked good out there."
Mitchell had some help.
Aronhalt scored 12 points on four 3-pointers while Faust finished with 11 and Len had 10. Seth Allen had six assists and Faust handed out five, and Maryland racked up 37 bench points to Georgia Southern's nine.
Turgeon went to his reserves a little earlier than usual - Georgia Southern (2-3) raced out to a 9-1 lead in less than four minutes, and Maryland missed its first five shots.
"That wasn't a lot of fun, especially in the first half," the coach said. "We obviously weren't ready to play. It wasn't a fun game to be a part of but in the end our guys won."
Georgia Southern was coming off its first non-conference road game since 2006, and the Eagles started strong in their quest to add another such victory. But with Mitchell leading the charge, the Terps overcame the early deficit.
The Eagles led 19-18 with 6:09 to go in the half, but Maryland responded with a 3 from Aronhalt, and Nick Faust scored off an alley-oop pass from Pe'Shon Howard with 3:30 left. A Faust runner down the lane counted as the halftime buzzer sounded, giving Maryland a 29-26 lead.
C.J. Reed led Georgia Southern with a game-high 15 points and Eric Ferguson added 13, but the Eagles had trouble handed with the Terps under the basket. Maryland won the rebound battle 49-25 despite its poor start.
Mitchell was a big part of that, too.
"He just brings a great presence down low," Aronhalt said. "He was doing all the little things."
And that's a good sign for Mitchell as he gets ready for his next film session.
"Somebody has to bring the energy," he said. "And I told you all before, I'm going to do whatever it takes to help my team win."