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Top of the Arc - January 14, 2009

Jan. 14, 11:20 p.m.: Jack McClinton’s name can be mentioned alongside the likes of Clemson’s Terrence Oglesby and Morgan State’s Reggie Holmes on a growing list of sharpshooters who helped spark improbable double-digit second-half comebacks against Maryland over the past year.

The Terrapins have now squandered significant leads in five games over the past 12 months. Virginia Tech. Clemson. Boston College. Morgan State. Miami. The Terrapins jettisoned their strength coach in the offseason, revamped their conditioning program, but the problems persists.

For about 30 minutes tonight, the Terps played an active and aggressive style, making Miami look out-of-sync offensively. They controlled the game, got a strong effort from Adrian Bowie and limited Miami’s interior production. But then the 17-point lead evaporated and McClinton began making shots from Homestead, Fla.

I remember asking McClinton before this season about the new three-point line, and he just about laughed at me. He said he can comfortably shoot as deep as 26 feet and the new distance would not affect him one bit. All shooters say that. But McClinton showed tonight why he is one of the best catch-and-shoot players in the country.

As for Maryland? It will have a few days to digest the latest collapse before playing its second road game of the season at Florida State on Saturday. The Terps will need a few road wins, and they won’t likely get too many better opportunities than they did tonight, up 17, controlling a game against a likely NCAA tournament team.

For the second time in a week, a missed opportunity.

(Great win by Georgetown, I will get to the Hoyas tomorrow morning. I'll take a close look at the tourney resumes for G-town, Maryland and George Mason during a busy Thursday. I'll also be on Washington Post Live to talk about college basketball.)

By Eric Prisbell  |  January 14, 2009; 11:23 PM ET
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