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Finally, Some Free Throws

Maryland attempted 24 free throws last night. To put that number in perspective, it was four times as many free throws as the team shot in the entire Miami game (six) and the first half of the Florida State game (zero) combined. One of the best free throw shooting teams in the nation was either unwilling or unable to do what it took to get to the charity stripe in recent outings. But not last night.

Landon Milbourne (7 for 7), Greivis Vasquez (7 for 8) and Adrian Bowie (5 for 6) all took their turns attacking the basket and drawing fouls. Though to be honest, four each of Milbourne's and Vasquez's free throw attempts came in the game's final minute, when Virginia had to foul to stop the clock. Still, the performance was a vast improvement from those in recent memory.

"Once they started fouling, we were making our free throws," junior guard Eric Hayes said. "They really couldn't get back in the game cause we were knocking down those free throws."

After sinking 21 of those 24 free throws (87.5 percent) last night, the Terps are shooting 78.9 percent from the charity stripe on the season. It's a definite weapon. Whether they can continue to utilize it remains to be seen.

"We're a good free throw shooting team, so anytime we can get to the line, it's to our advantage usually against most teams," Gary Williams said. "Until the end, we didn't shoot a lot of free throws, but you have to look at your offense in those situations to make sure you're taking the ball to the basket."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 21, 2009; 7:19 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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I thought the Terps easily could have shot 35+ but in the first 10 minutes of the second half the zebras swollowed their whistles on one end of the court to enable a possible close game. Gotta love the ACC...

Posted by: Lee26 | January 21, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

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