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Freshmen Stoglin, Howard stand out as Maryland routs Seattle 105-76

Maryland began the evening by unveiling a new red and white banner marking last season's achievement of tying Duke atop the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season standings.

That was one of the few things at Comcast Center that seemed tied to last season.

So much else was new. Maryland's season-opening 105-76 victory over Seattle University was marked by mistakes (the Terps had 29 turnovers) but also by the flashy performances of its new players -- particularly freshman guards Terrell Stoglin (15 points, five assists) and Pe'Shon Howard (five points, eight assists).

With less than two minutes remaining in the first half, Maryland had four players on the floor -- Howard, forward Haukur Palsson, center Berend Weijs and forward Mychal Parker -- who were not on the team last season.

A different look? This was a makeover.

"I thought they were great for their first college game," Maryland coach Gary Williams said of Stoglin and Howard. But he seemed to bristle at the idea of making too much out of the first-year players' performances. "This is one game," the coach said.

The game marked the opening of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. The 12-team tournament concludes with a preset lineup of teams -- Maryland, Pittsburgh, Texas and Illinois -- playing next week at Madison Square Garden in New York.

No Terps freshman started the game, but Howard and Stoglin played together for portions of each half. Howard's first career basket was a dunk. He preened for the crowd afterward in a manner that would have made former Maryland star Greivis Vasquez -- whose No. 21 Howard wears -- proud.

Vasquez and fellow senior starters Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes have graduated, leaving Williams with lots of playing time to assign.

"This is the earliest game I've ever played," Williams said, which means less practice time. "Hopefully, by December we'll have a really good feel what the rotation will be."

Despite the newbies' dazzle, the Terps were far from perfect against a small but quick Seattle team that is transitioning from Division II to Division I and is not affiliated with a conference. At 6 feet, 6-0 and 5-10, the Redhawks' starting guards were dwarfed by Maryland's.

But Cervante Burrell, a speedy junior, kept Seattle close early. Burrell picked up his fourth foul midway through the second half with the Terps up by 12. After scoring 13 points in the first half, he shot 0-for-6 the rest of the way.

Maryland missed five of its first six shots. The Terps had six turnovers and trailed 3-2 more than four minutes into the game.

Senior guard Adrian Bowie spent most of the first half languishing on the bench after two early fouls. He finished with nine points on 2-for-5 shooting from the field.

Maryland led 46-36 at the half but had 15 turnovers. The figure grew to 29 by the game's end.

"We do that against Pittsburgh, we're going to get killed," Bowie said. "Twenty-nine turnovers is entirely too much."

Most of Maryland's turnovers were by the guards. Last season, the Terps relied on Vasquez and Hayes, two of the most experienced guards in the ACC. They gave the backcourt poise and stability.

Despite its errors, Maryland pulled away in the second half. Co-captain Sean Mosley (a team-leading 21 points) had four early second-half points and Cliff Tucker three as the Terps extended their lead to 68-52.

"We probably ran out of a little gas as far as being able to execute," said Seattle coach Cameron Dollar, a former UCLA player and Washington assistant.

Maryland's next game is Wednesday at home against the College of Charleston.



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