If there was a mild surprise in Maryland’s 73-61 exhibition defeat of Indiana (Pa.), it was freshman forward Shaquille Cleare‘s quiet night.
Count coach Mark Turgeon among those caught off guard by the scoreless performance in 15 minutes, only six of which came after halftime.
“Shaq didn’t play well. That’s why he didn’t play a lot,” Turgeon said. “He missed his first dunk, put his head down and never recovered. I let him play through five defensive mistakes in a row in the second half, but the sixth one I said I’d better get him out.
“I tried to play him because I felt we would win the game. Shaq’s always upbeat, always positive and this is the first time I’ve seen him hang his head since he’s been here.”
Cleare missed all four of his shots from the floor as well as both free throws and snagged just four rebounds. He also played the fewest minutes of any of the nine players used by Maryland.
—- Patrick Stevens