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. This is the third installment, the first can be found here and the second here:
#1. February 21, 2012: Maryland 75 – Miami 70
Throughout the 2011-2012 season, the Terps would show flashes of promise, only to crumble late in a half or late in the game. Fans came to expect the 8 minute scoring droughts, when Stoglin would dry up and nobody else was around to pick up the slack. We were used to losing leads, not stealing them away.
Yet against the Miami Hurricanes, in James Padgett’s best game of his college career, Maryland did just that. Down 5 points with less than 2 minutes to play, it seemed that time was ripe for a fold after a close fought game against the Hurricanes, who sat at 7-5 in the ACC. A few weeks prior, the teams had played into double overtime, where Miami eventually won 90-86.
But instead of letting another ACC game slip away, the Terps went on a 10-0 run to seal the game. The final nail in the coffin? A 3-point play from Padgett in the final minute, which put Maryland up for good.
Padgett came out of the gate strong, scoring 9 of his 16 points in the first half. Again, he was very efficient in his play. While Stoglin led the way with 20 points, he did it on 35 percent shooting. Padgett shot 75 percent from the field, and chipped in 4 points on 80 percent shooting from the free throw line.
In his best game during his best year, Padgett delivered what was expected. He was reliable, and while the attention may have gone to Stoglin and Faust, or to big Alex Len coming off the bench behind him, Padgett allowed for all of that. He plays a role that every team can appreciate, being in support and not causing any controversy.
Thanks for a solid 4 years James, and best of luck on and off the court.