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Turgeon was reluctant to anoint it the best defensive work of the season, though the improvement was obvious. The Terps, an erratic defensive team early in the season, excelled on both individuals (six of the Yellow Jackets’ top seven scorers on the season were held below their averages) and as a collective group (16 forced turnovers).

Was it necessary? Sure. Was it progress? Undoubtedly, at least in one important area.

“We’re definitely taking more pride and that shows,” Turgeon said. “Hopefully, we can get a little better on the other end as we go forward.”