Maryland 73, Florida Gulf Coast 67

Terrell Stoglin scored 24 points, James Padgett fueled a

decisive second-half run, and Maryland squeezed out a 73-67 victory

over Florida Gulf Coast on Friday night.

Back home after losing two of three in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off,

the Terrapins (3-2) overcame a slow start to hand the Eagles (2-4)

their third straight loss.

Florida Gulf Coast trailed 36-30 shortly after halftime before

Padgett scored five successive points in a 16-6 spree that made it

52-36 with 13 minutes left. Stoglin had two free throws and a

3-pointer during the surge, and Berend Weijs capped it with a

tip-in and jumper in the lane.

After Florida Gulf Coast closed to 62-55, Padgett hit a short

jumper and Nick Faust scored off his own steal to push the lead

back to double-digits. The Eagles cut the gap to 70-66 with 47.6

seconds left but could not complete the comeback, even though

Stoglin went 2 for 8 from the foul line in the final 75

seconds.

Florida Gulf Coast went 2 for 19 from 3-point range and was 13

for 23 at the foul line.

Brett Comer scored 16 points for Florida Gulf Coast, playing in

its fifth season as a Division I school. The Eagles, an Atlantic

Sun Conference team, previously lost by one point at TCU and

Southern Methodist and were coming off a 10-point defeat at

Miami.

Padgett scored 11 points to help the Terrapins notch their 13th

straight nonconference win at home.

Maryland went 1 for 7 from the field in the opening five minutes

and fell behind 9-2. John Auslander then hit two straight shots and

Mychal Parker added a 3-pointer to tie it, and three minutes later

Jonathan Thomas connected from beyond the arc to give the Terrapins

their initial lead at 14-11.

Stoglin’s first basket made it 19-13, and he had a layup and

three free throws to cap a 7-0 spurt that put Maryland up by

10.

Bernard Thompson answered with a layup, two foul shots and a

dunk to get the Eagles to 27-23. The Terrapins built the margin

back to nine points before Dante Holmes hit a jumper for Florida

Gulf Coast at the buzzer.