The Bowie and Vasquez Show
Sure, Greivis Vasquez missed two three-pointers in the final seconds of last night's game. And yes, Adrian Bowie had to be subbed in and out judiciously as the clock wound down because he was playing with four fouls. But after the way those two carried the Terps offensively in the second half, blame should be placed somewhere else.
Vasquez and Bowie tallied 19 of Maryland's 25 points after halftime. The pair, who have played together since their days at Montrose Christian, was the Terps' only source of consistent firepower after the team opted to slow the pace and attempt to run out the clock.
Meantime, Maryland's bench contributed a grand total of two points after the intermission. Granted, only three reserves got on the court in the second half (and only two -- Sean Mosley and Dino Gregory -- played more than two minutes).
Depth, for perhaps the first time all season, became a critical issue.
"We need some guys to come from the bench and give us some energy," Vasquez said. "Just, you know, we got to keep it together. Like I said, I cannot do it by myself cause when you got guys looking for me, somebody else got to step up. And you got to be consistent, you know, every game. You got to play hard every game. I think Adrian got the message. Hopefully everybody else get the message – you got to play hard every game."
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