Commentary: Subdued Terps Outlast Tigers


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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — It appears the recent onslaught of bad press directed at
Maryland's student section has had an adverse affect on the Terrapins'
homecourt advantage.


Maryland's students have been in the eye of a self-created hurricane since
last week's collapse to ACC rival Duke. Leading by 10 points with 54 seconds
to go, the Terps collapsed and allowed the Blue Devils to escape Cole
Fieldhouse with a stunning victory.


The student section, upset for any number of reasons, responded to them all
by flinging objects onto the court. This, of course, is the ultimate no-no in
the fan behavior manual.


The press was quick to come down on the Terp faithful, and so was the
administration. Security was noticeably heavy Sunday in the student section,
and even Maryland coach Gary Williams took it upon himself to address the
crowd prior to the game.


"We can't throw things...that's not something we need to do. Don't let people
talk negative about you," he told the crowd. "You're great."


Maybe, but Sunday the buzz word was "subdued." The normally raucous Maryland
crowd was more polite than anything for most of the afternoon, seemingly
careful about picking its spots to make noise.


Not that Sunday's game was anything to get overly excited about. On the
contrary. For most of the afternoon this game was as ho-hum as the first
meeting was electric.


Still, given the close scrutiny Maryland students will be under for the
remainder of the year, the Terps may have lost a little off the edge that
comes from playing at home.


And in this league, that's a dangerous thought.


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More notes on Sunday's 69-54 Clemson loss:


— The scene was a familiar one to Clemson fans.


Down by as many at 17 points, the Tigers scrapped, clawed and fought their
way back to within four, 54-50, late in the game after successive 3-pointers
by Tony Stockman and Will Solomon.


But the Terps closed the game with a 15-4 run to win going away, thanks in
large part to six straight points by Terrence Morris, who finished with a te
am-high 18 points.


— Clemson coach Larry Shyatt tiptoed around criticism of the officiating,
though he was obviously unhappy with several calls that went against his team
in the game's final minutes.


He kept referring to "uncontrollable factors" in his postgame comments,
leaving little room for speculation as to his feelings. But when asked
directly if he was critical of the officiating, Shyatt responded "I'm not
permitted."


— The Tigers' shooting lines were ugly, to say the least.


Clemson shot just 30 percent (18-of-59) from the floor, including a 5-of-14
afternoon from Solomon and 3-of-11 from Stockman.


Maryland didn't fare much better, hitting just 26-of-64 (40.6 percent) from
the field and 10-of-21 from the free throw line.



(9) MARYLAND 69, Clemson 54

CLEMSON (10-12)

Clifton 2-6 0-0 6, Hobbs 0-3 0-0 0, Henderson 1-6 1-2 3, Solomon
5-14 6-6 19, Scott 3-9 0-0 7, Stockman 3-11 0-0 9, Braddick 0-1
0-0 0, Nagys 3-7 0-0 7, Bains 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 18-59 7-8 54.

MARYLAND (15-6)

Mouton 0-2 0-1 0, Morris 8-17 0-3 18, Baxter 5-10 4-7 14, Dixon
4-12 2-2 11, Blake 4-9 2-2 12, Nicholas 2-3 0-0 6, Miller 0-1 0-2
0, Mardesich 0-2 0-0 0, Holden 1-4 0-0 2, Wilcox 2-4 2-4 6.
Totals 26-64 10-21 69.

Halftime-Maryland 33, Clemson 22. 3-Point goals-Clemson 11-29
(Solomon 3-7, Stockman 3-9, Clifton 2-5, Nagys 1-2, Bains 1-2,
Scott 1-4), Maryland 7-21 (Nicholas 2-3, Morris 2-5, Blake 2-5,
Dixon 1-6, Miller 0-1, Mouton 0-1). Fouled out-Hobbs.
Rebounds-Clemson 40 (Nagys 9), Maryland 47 (Baxter 13).
Assists-Clemson 11 (Solomon, Stockman 4), Maryland 18 (Blake 5).
Total fouls-Clemson 20, Maryland 14.

A-14,500.

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