As we wave farewell to our departing Terps basketball players, we’re looking back at their best games in a Maryland jersey. This series focuses on the only true senior from this past year’s squad, Brooklyn native James Padgett. Starting of with #3:
Maryland 78 – Notre Dame 71
December 4th, 2011
Maryland faced the Fighting Irish in their first game of the BB&T Classic in 2011. At the time, they were missing Pe’Shon Howard with a broken foot, and were coming off a loss at the hands of Illinois. Turgeon was sitting at 3-3 in his inaugural year.
The game got off to a slow start for Maryland. They scored only one field goal in the opening 10 minutes of the game, before Stoglin took over. He eventually finished with 31 points.
It was a scrappy game for ol' Inspector Padgett, but it was his first career double double. He had one dunk, one block and one assist on his way to 11 points and 10 rebounds. Not the prettiest effort, to be sure, as he shot only 27 percent from the field. Yet on a day when Nick Faust failed to show up and the young Terrapins team was still finding their way with a new coach, Padgett helped lock down the boards and hit most of his foul shots.
Padgett’s junior year was his most productive, as evidenced by the two forthcoming games in the countdown. The year before he was an understudy to Jordan Williams, and this past year he lost minutes to the young frontcourt of Shaq and Chuck. It was against Notre Dame that he first proved to Turgeon that he could be a reliable big man.