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Confusion Reigned On Late Mosley Foul

With less than a minute remaining yesterday at Comcast Center, Adrian Bowie made consecutive free throws to provide the Terps a two-point lead. Following the second make, Sean Mosley subbed in for Eric Hayes for defensive purposes.

With 33.9 seconds left, Georgia Tech guard Lewis Clinch drove into the lane and pulled up for an errant jump shot. A scrum for the ball ensued, drawing the shrill of more than one referee's whistle. Mosley emerged with the ball in his hands and triumphantly began marching down toward the other end of the court. It appeared as though Mosley was headed to shoot some free throws, and in fact, players from both teams began lining up as if that were the case.

Then the referees conferred with one another. Then they gave the news to each team's bench. Then the players headed back to Georgia Tech's end of the court. Instead of Mosley, it would be Clinch standing at the free throw line. Confusion emenated throughout the arena, as few observers seemed to know what was transpiring in front of them. One thing was for sure: Maryland's players were not happy about the call reversal.

Clinch missed the front end of his one-and-one free throw attempt, and Dave Neal corralled the rebound. The Terps went on to win the game, which meant the reversed decision became irrelevant in the minds of Maryland's players. Had they lost by a point, it might have been a different story.

Mosley said afterward that there was some miscommunication between two officials. One called a foul on Clinch after Mosley had secured the ball on the rebound. Another called a foul on Mosley for going over the back of Clinch to grab the ball in the first place. Because Mosley's foul occured first in that sequence, it was the one that stuck. It just took the refs longer than usual to sort that out.

"It was a foul on Sean Mosley," Gary Williams said. The head referee "said he called a foul originially; they just messed up with what end to shoot the free throws and realized it when they got down there. See that's a good crew. You know, those guys can referee, and that was his call. Whether you agree with the call or not, that was his call, that the foul was on Sean Mosley, so they just got screwed up which end.

"You know, Eddie Corbett out there, he's worked Final Fours, championship games, things like that, so they had it under control, and you want a crew like that down the stretch where they're going to try to make every call. There's nothing going on; there's no politics or anything like that."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 11, 2009; 2:10 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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About Grevis Vasquez:

I just graduated from MD this past spring. I wasn't at the game yesterday, but I do not blame anyone for booing Vasquez. I grew up watching Maryland basketball and that was one of the reasons I decided to go to Maryland. I missed only a handful of games during my four years at Maryland, often driving from my parents home to campus during winter break to watch non-conference games. The team and Vasquez has made fans the way they are. Gary led this team to elite status and since, they've struggled. They've failed to capitalize on winning a national championship more than any other recent championship team. They have settled into mediocrity. The Maryland basketball team was one of the most frustrating teams I've watched in recent years. Every time you'd think they would get on a roll and make the tournament, they'd falter. Beating Duke several times and even UNC last year had fans believing this team was going to the tournament only for them to blow it one way or the other; like last year, on senior night of all nights, when they blew a double digit lead with less than 10 minutes to go against an average clemson team.

What bothers me most about this team is Grevis Vasquez. He walks around campus with a cockiness with his head phones on and his head up in the air like he's god's gift to basketball. Well, he's not. Sure, he's a good player, but not as good as he, or Gary Williams, thinks he is. He forces extremely too many shots, makes too many mistakes for the number of plays he does make, and doesn't trust his teammates. How does anyone expect Braxton Dupree to gain confidence when he never gets the ball and when he does, if he makes a mistake, he has to listen to Vasquez chew him out or Vasquez visually show his frustration towards Dupree. Some teammate that is. And he thinks we should be praising him? For what, its not like he's led the team back to the tournament consistently. Sure, they went to the tournament 2 years ago, but that wasn't due to Vasquez. And for all the yelling Gary does on the sidelines, hardly any of it is directed at Vasquez. Last season, they handed out a "TERRAPINS FOREVER" poster at a couple of the games. On the poster, were some of the greats that have played at Maryland (Dixon, Blake, Bias, Elmer, McMillen), and then there was Grevis Vasquez. Why he was on this poster, I have no clue. There is no reason he should be in the same status as these other players, as he has accomplished nothing during his time at Maryland. I honestly believe that this team would have no worse a record than they do now, if Grevis Vasquez entered the draft last year.

Posted by: asparrow | January 11, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

To the above comment,

I'm sorry you don't like Vasquez because of his personality. But I think you reflect the viewpoint of a majority of the fans, and it's getting a little old. You fail to realize that he is a 21 year old college kid, playing for OUR University. He is the hardest working player on the team and it's not even close. Do you ever wonder how much time and effort is put in to being a full time student athlete?

Why is Vasquez on the Terrapins Forever poster? Maybe because they wanted to include a current player, but by the end of his career here at UMD, he will go down as one of the greats, whether you like it or not. He is currently leading the team in most stat categories (Assists, Rebounds, Steals, PPG). He is at the top of the ACC in most categories as well (A/T Ratio for one). Not to mention he is leading the COUNTRY in Free Throw %. And you think we'd be better off without him this year? Get real.

The fact that he is getting boo-ed by our own fans is upsetting, as is the number of racial slurs directed at him. I agree his actions were not necessary, but I don't blame him. It's unreal the things that are heard in the student section during a game. He managed to play one of his worst games of the year and still put up 16 and 6? He had a cold shooting night, it happens. That's not all there is to a game. Who drove to the basket and drew several GT defenders to him and in the process created open looks for Hayes?

Vasquez wants to win. He's not perfect - who is? Have you watched any of his other games this season? He's been one of the best guards in the country, and has been getting national recognition (Doug Gottlieb's latest blog). He loves Gary, and loves this school. He wants to bring us a banner.

You "Holier-Than-Thou" fans are the worst. Come to the game and SUPPORT your fan. What good is booing a player? Is that going to make them work harder? What happened to home court advantage? I have a feeling it won't be long before this starts generating national publicity. Think about the effect of this on potential recruits, for one.

Posted by: matmcmanus | January 11, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

ASparrow Terps should support Terps headphones head up in the air or not? FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP44 | January 11, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but what non-student-athlete bases their decision in part to go to a college on how good their basketball team is? If we hadnt won a NC, would you have gone elsewhere? Please.

While I wish GV would stop interacting with fans at home and on the road, I love the kid. I love his passion for the game and for the University of Maryland. I've met GV on several occassions and gotten to know him as a person rather than an object observed from the stands. I wish all of our student-athletes possesed his love for their sport and school. Yes, he's self-confident and sometimes tries to do too much on the court, but he's always giving everything he has to help his team win.

I wish GW would do more to help GV understand some of his weaknesses, tendancies to try and do too much, and reign him in when he allows himself to get distracted by things off the court.

I am embarrassed by supposed "fans" who dont support their student-athletes, especially when things arent going well. Thats when they need our support and encouragement the most. Booing college student-athletes who are trying their best IMHO is just plain wrong. These are kids who are in the process of learning. Most wont play at the next level and even those who do probably wont mature into complete basketball players for a few years. Do the fans who are so negative at games, treat their own children the same way when they make mistakes or fail to live up to such unrealistic expectations?

Yesterday, for the most part we had good looks at the basket but shots werent dropping. The team hung in there, didnt quit, and came back to win the game. Yes, GV and others took a few shots that were poor choices but if you expect any college team to play a perfect game then you dont understand basketball or college athletics. GV and others have lost their shooting touch the past few games - which is normal for any basketball player. Whether you want to accept it or not, GV is the heart and soul of this team. Basically a young undersized, inexperienced team with only two players who have consistently started the past two years.

This team hustles, doesnt quit, and will give us everything they have all season. If thats 'boo worthy' then may I suggest you stay home, watch games on TV, and kick the dog when our kids lose. We dont need you.

Posted by: dennis225 | January 11, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I never said I don't support the team. I still watch every game that is on TV. There's no rule saying you have to like every player on the team you root for. And yes, he probably is the hardest working player on the team, but he is so infatuated with himself, he alienates teammates. He's more worried about his own stat line than the team.

He will NOT go down as one of the greats. Not even close. So I guess you measure the greats by stats The greats make the players around them better, not throw up 20 shots a game and only make 6. Come on now, be real. Basketball is a TEAM game. Sure, he gets his assists, but trying to make highlight reel passes rather than playing basketball hurts more than it helps.

Fans boo their teams, thats what they do. They're paying fans and have the right to boo whoever they please. I do not condone booing the teams I cheer for, but yeah, some people do. If Vasquez couldn't take some criticism from fans, then he shouldn't be playing Division 1 basketball at a big program. Fair or not, fans expect more from a team who won a championship 7 years ago. Either way, a player should NOT be going up to fans and telling them "F*** YOU" to the fans (I know someone sitting behind the scorers table who was NOT booing). That is absolutely unacceptable no matter what, and if he were in the NBA, would be fined and suspended.

Posted by: asparrow | January 11, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

GV as one of the greatest in MD history? Please. Sure he scored 16 but he took 18 shots. I think most of the fans are frustrated with his low basketball IQ. How many deep threes does he put up with 28 seconds on the shot clock and someone in his face? How many off balanced runners going into a triple team does he put up? These are the types of plays that people are just tired of seeing. Also, he berates his fellow players just like GW to the point that they are afraid to make a mistake. I am hopeful that Debbie Yow sends a message by suspending him for a game based on his conduct to the crowd. This incident was captured on TV and replayed a couple of times.

Posted by: tmcherv | January 12, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Appears as though some type of intervention between the fans/student body and GV is needed. Fans shouldn't be too hard on GV and epithats and racial slurs are not only unacceptable; they are disgusting and embarrassing. And I don't mean embarrassing to the indivdual they're being directed at. GV does have a tendency to showboat, pound his chest and make gestures towards the crowd. It's great that he's emotional but he needs to keep his head in the game. The fans shouldn't boo and should appreciate his efforts. Hopefully, GV will win over the fans by focussing more on his that results in the most important thing. Wins. Go Terps

Posted by: Trippey | January 12, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

you guys seriously do not know or watch the game. the kid walks around campus with headphones on and his head held high and this is a problem? would you prefer he stared at his feet? greivas leads the team in assists. leads the team in rebounds, offensive rebounds. steals. sure he shoots a lot but he is doing EVERYTHING to try and will the team to wins. without greivas like it or not this team woudl be struggling to have 8 wins right now. get a clue.

Posted by: Lee26 | January 12, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

ASparrow is a Duke fan in Terp's clothing? FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP44 | January 12, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

In response in ASparrow. My question to you is how do you know a player is making another player better? What qualifies you to make that judgment? Are you a basketball coach? Let's look at the stats. Vasquez leads the team in scoring, rebounds, free throw percentage, assists, steals, and minutes played. He is also one of maybe two players(Bowie might be the other) who can actually create his own shot. His assist to turnover ration is a very respectable 1.87 to 1.00. Granted he forces some shots but all great players force shots. You want these types of players taking shots because they give you the best chance to score. Yes, he needs to do it within the offense but booing this player or any other is not going to help. My bet is Vasquez will be the best pro player Maryland has produced since Buck Williams so I wouldn't be in too big a hurry to see him leave.

Posted by: dwt1 | January 12, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

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