COLLEGE PARK -- It was just an exhibition game, but Maryland still supplied drama Tuesday night worthy of the regular season.
Most of the evening's compelling story lines came before the Terps made 10 of their first 11 shots in dispatching Indiana (Pa.), 75-54.
Maryland announced before the game that power forward Dino Gregory (Mount St. Joseph), a likely starter, would miss the game for violating team rules. His future status is uncertain.
Maryland wouldn't identify the rules it said were broken, citing federal privacy regulations. "Those things happen during a season," Maryland coach Gary Williams said when asked about playing without Gregory. "You just needed all your players. We're fine, and we'll be fine."
Gregory averaged 2.6 points and 3.2 rebounds last season but became an important inside defender (34 blocks) and rebounder.
His absence set up more intrigue: Who would be elevated to start opposite senior forward Landon Milbourne?
It turned out to be freshman James Padgett, who had some impressive moments against the Crimson Hawks, a Division II team with a relatively small front line.
Padgett lost the ball moving toward the basket in the first half. But he later put the Terps up 33-26 on a feed from Sean Mosley and followed on the next possession with a follow-up slam. He finished with eight points.
Freshman forward Jordan Williams also made his game debut before the Maryland fans, who had previously seen him in intrasquad scrimmages. He scored seven points. He checked in with 15:20 left in the first half and committed an offensive foul on his first field-goal attempt. He scored his first point on a foul shot with 2:27 left in the half, then made a put-back to push Maryland's lead to 44-31.
But Mosley, who had 14 points, was the star in a game in which the Terps weren't seriously threatened. Maryland, which trailed 18-15 early, scored 24 of the next 32 points near the end of the first half to take a decisive lead against the Crimson Hawks, who are playing exhibitions against Maryland, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.
Mosley, a rugged sophomore who enjoys inside contact, made his first five shots from the field in the first half - including the first three from the outside.
Mosley said the wind was knocked out of him in the first half and that he was hit in the throat in the second. He said he has always been aggressive with his inside game but now feels comfortable with his shot.
"I didn't feel that confident [last season] like I do now. I think it's just knowing the offense," Mosley said.
Mosley, Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes started for the Terps along with Padgett and Milbourne up front.
Last season, Mosley replaced Hayes in the lineup and was usually joined by fellow guards Vasquez and Adrian Bowie as starters. Bowie started Tuesday night's game on the bench but played 24 minutes and scored eight points.
The Terps seemed relieved to be playing a game after a few weeks of practices and scrimmages. Maryland trapped and pressed as if it were the regular season.
Center Steve Goins (knee) did not play.
"The doctors make those decisions," Williams said. "It still bothers him."
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN @ MARYLAND
Nov. 13, 8 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 105.7 FM, 1300 AM