The Washington Times - December 30, 2011, 03:40PM

An interesting tidbit from Maryland coach Mark Turgeon: He nearly brought sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin off the bench Wednesday against Albany.

It was a decision Turgeon waffled on almost until game time. After the Terrapins’ shootaround, he planned to use Stoglin as a reserve.

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“I wasn’t going to start him the other night and he was like ‘Why am I not starting?’ I said ‘Because I don’t think you can guard anybody on their team,’” Turgeon said. “And he said ‘Coach, I’ll guard tonight,’ and he did. He at least guarded his man for most of the time he was in there. He wasn’t a great team defender all the time, but he at least guarded his man, so he made a step in the right direction.”

Turgeon suddenly has the ability to adjust playing time now that Maryland is at full strength. And it’s been no secret over the first 11 games that as valuable as Stoglin (the ACC’s leading scorer at 21.5 points per game) is on offense, his defense is a different matter entirely.

Turgeon re-iterated Friday that Stoglin is trying to do what’s asked of him. But he also didn’t shy away from requiring Stoglin to play steady defense – something he can now enforce more stringently with a nine-man rotation.

“I told Terrell, ‘If you continue guarding like you’re guarding, we’ll win 12 games. Or you can change and maybe we can do something special,’” Turgeon said. “And he said ‘I want to do something special.’ So we’ll see if he buys in.”

Patrick Stevens