Andrew Goudelock had gone off against Maryland, and Cliff Tucker had watched more than enough.
The College of Charleston star had 27 points --- including 14 in the first dozen minutes of the second half --- and was well on his way to sinking an ACC team for the second time in less than year.
Tucker had none of it, shutting down the Cougars guard down the stretch in Maryland's 75-74 victory at Comcast Center.
Goudelock didn't score in the final 8:35, missing his final four shots as Tucker showed off some defensive chops that could prove valuable in the months to come.
"I just wanted to guard him," Tucker said. "I have a mentality, I was tired of seeing him score. I wasn't supposed to be guarding him all game and I just told coach I wanted to guard him. I did the same thing last year toward the end of games where I decided to guard the best player and I felt like when I play my best defense, I can stop anybody."
Tucker's chance to face Goudelock emerged only after Sean Mosley struggled for much of the night. The junior had a lethargic performance for reasons unknown, and Tucker took over the duties to contain Goudelock shortly after Mosley sat for a two-minute spell.
"We can't have Sean tired," coach Gary Williams said. "Cliff did a very good job. Cliff's as good an athlete as there is in the ACC. He should be a good defensive player. I think you'll see more of that this year when he steps up."
Mosley wasn't the only Terp who also took a turn on Goudelock. Freshman Pe'Shon Howard --- like Mosley, another physical guard --- gave it a try as well.
Both were of similar height to the 6-foot-2 Goudelock, whose shooting lifted Charleston past North Carolina in January. Tucker, at 6-foot-6, provided a different look.
"He said 'Switch with me' and I said 'OK, you wanted it,'" Howard said. "And he locked him down."
Tucker's plan was basic --- never let Goudelock get out of reach. Even when Goudelock took a shot in the final minutes, Tucker was nearby harassing him in the process.
"You can't help off him," Tucker said. "Every time he scored at the beginning of the game, he hit 3s because people were helping off him. He would just spot up and shoot. My main thing was just to stay on him and don't help off anybody."