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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."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 15, 2009; 4:04 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Okay, well here is my problem with the 'depth' issue. We've been playing 10-11 bodies each night this year consistently. It's on Gary for not using Dino or Cliff Tucker more in the 2nd half. Each played well in the first half.

And for all the Gary haters out there, this game wasn't lost because of 'recruiting', it was lost because it wasn't prepared to keep their foot on the gas pedal. If this team doesn't find a way to beat either FSU or will get ugly.

Posted by: jrraley | January 15, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Play Cliff Tucker more!!!!!!!!! Love mosley's heart and hustle but when he isn't getting it done put Cliff in the game.

Also Dave Neal has been struggling give Dupree some more minutes.

Agree with you jrraley recruiting and talent had nothing to do with this loss. MD should have won that game by 20. Tried to slow down and kill clock and it ended up killing them.

Posted by: beas13 | January 16, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

beas13 is spot on. Neal has just plain sucked for the last 3 games. He forgot he is supposed to play power forward or center on this team. If he isn't willing to get in the post he doesn't need to be on the floor. Regardless of how worthless Gregory and Dupree are playing at least they are under the basket to potentially keep posessions alive and maybe draw a foul or two on the opposing teams big men.

Posted by: Lee26 | January 16, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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