Florida State has found a way to take two huge games from the Terps this season. Both of them in agonizing fashion for us fans of Maryland. If blowing a 16 point second half lead at home isn’t bad enough, last nights heart braking near buzzer beater will be enough to dampen anyone’s spirits.
The killer for last night, was I thought they played pretty well for most of the game. Sure there were the usual bad turnovers, and some shots that were not in the flow of the offense, but overall on the road, and after the Duke beat down, I was pretty happy with the effort. They just didn’t complete the simple things at crunch time to bring it home.
Nick Faust played fairly well at point guard for about the entire second half. The problem being he missed two free throws late, and then even later missed the front end of a 1 and 1 that could have started to put the game in a little safer territory. Instead FSU hit 14 of their last 16 free throws to bring home the win.
Alex Len played his worst game of the season, and on top of that missed an alley oop dunk that could have added to that cushion. Instead rebound, jump ball, FSU possession. It is a few little things that cost that game.
Dez Wells tried putting the team on his back and will them to win. In the first half he seemed a little too amped up and forced some plays and passes, but in the second half, he hit some huge shots, mostly when the set offensive play broke down. Instead of remembering his huge second half shots, we will remember his desperation shot missing everything as FSU pulls out the win.
It is a tough one to swallow, but it is hard to harp on too much outside of the turnovers and free throws. Unfortunately for this Terps team, they are just as much a part of the game a FG defense and rebounding margin.
Seth Allen has fallen on some tough times. Since lighting up VT, he is just 4 of 23 from three, with all of last nights efforts missing badly. He is pressing to hard, and Turgeon needs to find a way to get him back into a comfort zone.
Next up is Wake Forrest, who gave Duke a much better fight than Maryland did. So the Terps better come prepared Saturday, or this season could really take a turn for the worse.