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Terps Fall To Noles In OT, 76-73

Another tough loss for Maryland today at the Tucker Center. This time, it was the Terps causing their opponent to fumble a double-digit lead in the second half, rather than the other way around. In the end, the efforts of Toney Douglass & Co. proved too much for Maryland to overcome.

"It’s hard," Greivis Vasquez said. "It’s a heartbreaker when you work so hard and come from behind and you lose. But that’s how it is. We’ll take it. We’re learning a lot, and we go from here."

Three Up:

1) Landon Milbourne. No Terp meant more to Maryland's comeback down the stretch than Milbourne. He soared over and maneuvered around an extremely tall Florida State frontcourt to grab key offensive rebound after key offensive rebound, then finished the putbacks to inch Maryland closer to the lead. With 22 seconds remaining in regulation, Milbourne corralled an Eric Hayes miss and scored on the second effort to tie the game. He finished with 17 points and nine rebounds.

"He was incredible on the offensive glass," Gary Williams said. "He made those plays. He tried to win the game for us; that’s the best way I can put it cause we weren’t shooting well and we knew we had to get the ball back."

2) 3-2 zone defense. Quick, name the last time you saw Maryland play any type of zone defensive scheme. It's happened a few times this season, but not much. Williams said the circumstances of today's game mandated the switch away from man-to-man defense. For one, Adrian Bowie was playing with four fouls for much of the second half, and Williams wanted to keep Bowie on the floor as long as he could (Bowie fouled out with 4:04 left). Also, Florida State was shredding through Maryland's press defense, and Williams wanted to limit the Seminoles' scoring opportunities in transition. The plan worked. Utilizing the 3-2 zone defense, the Terps crawled back into the game in the second half. Florida State did not know how to handle the zone and were not good enough shooters to take advantage on the perimeter. It will be interesting to see whether the Terps go to this scheme more often, now that they know it can be so effective.

3) Another solid night for Adrian Bowie. This road trip has done wonders for Bowie. He scored 23 points Wednesday night against Miami. He scored 14 points today. In both games, he was the player the Terps counted on for consistent offensive production. The bad news (which we will discuss shortly) was far outweighed by the steps forward Bowie took while in Florida.

Three Down:

1) Bowie's foul troubles. In each of the past two games, Bowie has fouled out. This was particularly problematic because, as previously mentioned, Bowie has been the team's most effecient scorer of late. With Bowie on the floor, who knows whether the outcome of today's game would have been different. But it certainly would have helped the Terps' chances.

2) Struggles for Vasquez and Hayes. The two guards shot a combined 5 for 24 (20.8 percent) from the field. Vasquez finished with six points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Hayes had nine points and five rebounds. Both players recorded five turnovers. And perhaps most surprising, both players missed free throws in overtime. Vasquez, who entered the day a 94.0 percent free throw shooter, went 2 of 4 from the line, while Hayes (a 92.3 percent free throw shooter entering today) made 1 of 2 free throw attempts.

3) Team-wide shooting woes re-emerge. Maryland shot the ball surprisingly well for the most part Wednesday night (especially in the first half), but today, the Terps' old bad habits returned. The team shot 38.6 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from three-point range. Williams bemoaned the fact his team did not shoot well at any point during today's game. It might have been the difference between holding a 1-2 or a 2-1 record in conference play.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 17, 2009; 4:56 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Ever noticed the Terps' can't shoot? Not even in comparison with a good shooting team like Notre Dame or Duke -- they don't shoot as well as Richmond or James Madison.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 17, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The Terps can't shoot because they have lousy players, guys who wouldn't get much PT on teams that play at a level the Terps SHOULD be at after winning it all in '02. There is only one man to blame for this. As ungrateful as it sounds, I'm afraid Gary's tenure has run its course--ala Phillip Fulmer, Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden, etc. All good coaches whose time simply ran out. Terps aren't going anywhere until a change is made. And I really hate to say that.

Posted by: DCity | January 17, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

The Terps really busted butt today. Outrebounding a much taller team. No W, but you can't fault the effort. I really like this year's team.

Posted by: dacoitdan | January 17, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I cannot wait until Gary Williams leaves. He's allowed Maryland to become irrelevant and is an AWFUL recruiter. He handles players and situations poorly and no one is interested in sending their player to MD because of him. MD will be light years beyond when they either let him retire or fire him. Very sad..

Posted by: leed1911 | January 17, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

The Terps aren't going anywhere as long as Mr. "I'm So Great" Vasquez keeps jacking up 50% of the shots taken by this team. He says the others have to get involved, that he can't do it by himself? When did he try to get anyone else involved? Two for thirteen today and two missed free throws.

Posted by: bullwinkle1 | January 17, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

the fact of the matter is this: if GW just recruited from the Baltimore Washington metro area instead of going to the likes of Venezuela, Cali or NJ then we would have a consistent top 10-25 team every year instead we have watched tons of talent just leave this are for Cuse, Duke, Gtown and Texas just to name a few. Time for GW to recruit well, get better assistants (I liked drissel but his son couldn't sell free food in a famine to save his life)

whoever walks into GW place when he finally goes will come into a goldmine of recruiting talent

Posted by: mkbf26 | January 17, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Jermaine Dixon plays for Pitt. He's Juan's brother.

Md passes better inside than last year but its timing is awful. I don't know if they're stupid or Gary is just demanding a style which is insane. No one btw listens when you scream at them.

bench Hayes and Vazquez and see how the team reacts.


Wanted: inside 6'11" with muscle to pound the boards
outside shooter 6' 8" with a 15' shot who can drive and pass
ball handler go to guy 6' 5" with three eyes three hands and can pass at will with accuracy and speed. Need not dazzle. Must perform consistently.
role players and a bench that hustles.
foul shooters given time

Apply inside. Minimum wages with chance for advancement. No bonus.
Finished year in ACC 6-10. Will let you keep the ball if we win.

Posted by: KraftPaper | January 17, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

2 of three slots already filled:
James Padgett (6'8") & Jordan Williams (6'10") coming in next season.

Posted by: Siamese1 | January 17, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Note to Coach GW...w/ Bowie, he is showing you his offensive possibilities, NOW, you have to begin to hide him on defense until he figures it out (you tried inthe 2nd half going to a zone, but it was too late, Bowie alread yhad picked up 3 or 4 fouls by that time).

WE all know the the ACC is about....winning at HOME....and steal one or two on the road...we wil ahve to win on the road to make any hay toward the NCAA' would have been nice to steal one of the last 2 games, glad we were the team coming on at the end of the game today...BUT, Foul Shooting should make up for alot of ills for this team, but on a day we outrebound a much taller team...we can't hit a free throw! Go Figure!
Tell the boys, just shot free throws in practice for 3 hrs. each day this week, I will guarentee a "W"!

Posted by: talbottj | January 17, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

When Miami, VT and BC joined the ACC, the prevailing opinion was that they would be strong in football, but not up to the standards of ACC basketball. Well, I would say they have moved past the Terps in basketball, as has Florida State, another football school. We are near the bottom...again...

Many of the comments posted to this blog finger Gary as the culprit, and I could not agree more. But is it possible that our Athletic Director has her head in the sand on this? Is she satisfied with a soccer championship and a football bowl win in Boise? Does she think the NIT is just swell? How many years of disappointment is this going to take?

Posted by: petecard | January 18, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

As a highly critical fan of Gary's recent exploits in recruiting (or non-recruiting), I feel I must defend his one recruit that receives too much criticism.

Vasquez. Yes, he takes bad shots and yes, he plays out of control on occasion. But honestly, how poor would this team be without him? I can't believe what I read and hear in terms of criticism of this kid. Again, he is the root of his own problems at times, but good God man, do you want to go back to the Kevin McClinton days of b-ball in College Park? (not too far away from that in all honesty)

Be careful what you wish for is all I am saying in regards to GV. This team would be under .500 right now if we wasn't on this team. He is sole focus defensively of every team we play. It's not his fault that GW can't recruit any talent around him.

Seriously, who goes into a rough and physical ACC season without ANY post presence to speak of with a poor jump shooting team? That is a recipe for a 3-13 ACC season. They might win the occasional game from hot shooting, but more often than not, they will regress to what they are, a poor shooting team with zero room for error.

As for the kids coming in next year. Fantastic. They said the same about guys name Ikeze and Fofana. How did that work out? Yay, we get some players that might crack the Top 200 in America. Fanfriggintastic.

Looking forward to another year in the ACC celler next season after Vazquez opts out for the pros (he's as good as gone my friends).

Posted by: ARickey | January 18, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

mkbf26....have you looked at the roster?? every player on the team is from the Balt/Dc metro area or has a connection to it. Milbourne's (GA) dad played at Salisbury State, and Tucker's family is from the DC area. GV played at Montrose Christian. The idea that GW doesn't recruit locally is BS, and NOT to blame. Everybody points to the players that "got away" ... Anthony, Durant, Beasley and Gay. Each played one season, other than Gay who played 2 and left. Sure they would have been nice, but theyre not the demise of the program. How's K-State looking these days? Calhoun was a dirtbag in his recruitment of Gay. Do you really think Anthony wanted/should have stayed in the Baltimore area as an 18 year old??? Remember his connections to the "Stop Snitching" video??? the kid needed to get away. The NUMBER ONE thing that correlates to the fall of the program is the loss of Billy Hahn, Jimmy Patsos, and finally, Dave Dickerson.

As for Vasquez yesterday...he was horrible. The kid wasn't awake during the game. Anyone else notice he must not have woken up in time to gel-up his mini mohawk???

Posted by: asnis715 | January 18, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

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