Since Mark Turgeon came to Maryland last year as head coach the Terrapins have not had a big win to claim.“All week Coach talked about making a mark in history.” Maryland guard Seth Allen said.
“I didn't come here to be mediocre, and I don't think the players came here to be mediocre.” Turgeon said.So here is Maryland’s chance Wednesday night to reappear on the national scene with a big win.
14th ranked NC State was coming to the Comcast Center fresh from a signature win over then top ranked Duke last Saturday. In a way the swagger had returned to NC State basketball.Backing up a Duke win at Maryland’s Comcast Center is a tough assignment, especially against a Terrapin team fired up with the backing of their fans.
What transpired was a typical ACC regular season classic that came down to the wire and made Alex Len a Terrapin hero for the time being.
“You have to be good and you have to be lucky.” Turgeon said. “We were pretty lucky at the end to get the win.”“Obviously it's disappointing.” NC State head coach Mark Gottfried said. “Pe'Shon [Howard] got the ball right over his fingertips there and they tipped it in. We got a good look the trip before that; Scott [Wood] got a high percentage shot for us, and just didn't make it. They made the play there at the end, and give them credit."
"[Pe'Shon Howard] says it wasn't a miss, it was a pass.” Maryland’s Alex Len said. “The play was for Logan [Aronhalt], but Pe'Shon was driving it. He said it was a pass, I don't know what it was. I just tipped it in."NC State tries to rebound hosting Clemson on Sunday at the PNC Arena.
Maryland tries to back up the NC State win going to the Smith Center to face the North Carolina Tar Heels. Mark Turgeon has yet to defeat his coaching mentor, Roy Williams in three tries.