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Crucial Misses

One shot -- make that, one missed shot -- does not lose a game. But there's one Maryland miss that is sticking with me more than all the others (and by game's end there were plenty from which to choose).

With 15:37 remaining in the second half, Maryland led by six points and Boston College was charging hard when Dino Gregory emphatically blocked a Tyrese Rice offering. Greivis Vasquez corralled the loose ball and took off down court where he found a wide open Landon Milbourne. Located just a few feet from the basket, Milbourne missed his uncontested jumper. A collective sigh resonated throughout Comcast Center.

Again, I realize this was just one missed basket. It's not like the Terps lost by one or two points, anyway. Still, I wonder if this was the type of basket to which Gary Williams was referring when he made this statement during his postgame press conference:

"Offensively, I thought we had some good looks," he said. "We missed some shots we should have made in crucial situations."

Williams went on to bemoan the fact his team's lead was not larger than 11 at the intermission.

"A couple of negative things happened right there before halftime," he said. "I don't know if that gave them any momentum going in or not."

After freshman guard Sean Mosley scored to push Maryland's lead to 16 with just more than three minutes remaining in the second half, Boston College began yanking back some of the game's momentum.

The Eagles sandwiched a turnover by Mosley with baskets by Rakim Sanders and Josh Southern. Milbourne responded with a jumper of his own, but later had a shot blocked by Sanders.

After senior forward Dave Neal missed a free throw, Boston College gained the final possession of the half. Biko Paris drilled a three-pointer with six seconds left to cut the lead to 11.

Boston College headed into the locker room and then shot 60.0 percent in the second half. Maryland came back from the break to shoot 29.7 percent.

Williams's assessment might have been dead on. Perhaps the momentum shift took place before halftime, after all.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 28, 2009; 10:03 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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It really seemed like we had a bunch of shots - including at least 2 Hayes 3-point attempts - that were halfway down the cylinder before coming out. I guess poor shooters don't get the roll, but it's really frustrating.

Posted by: ICBomber | January 28, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

This team does not have a sustainable offense...not one player who you can count on to consistantly knock down a shot.

Posted by: BD-EC | January 28, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

From what I've seen of this years team is that there is no inside presence to gather rebounds and stop the ball from coming inside .While we have tall gazelle type bodies -you can't compete in the ACC without that big man who doesn't mind mixing it up down low and loves to go after the ball. Our guys don't have that. Instead, they are depending on being agressive with speed to get up & down the court and making shots. Now they are getting double digit leads and then go into almost a "prevent defense" and instead of continuing to be aggressive and pushing the ball down court - it is almost like they are thinking "oh,oh, here they come."

Posted by: crusadercoach | January 29, 2009 6:45 AM | Report abuse

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