Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: TerpsInsider and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Redskins and Sports  |  RSS

Terps Hold Off Virginia Tech For 83-73 Win

In front of what may have been the most enthusiastic Comcast Center crowd all season, Maryland put on its most complete performance in quite some time. The Terps remained focussed on defense and efficient on offense throughout today's win over Virginia Tech. The constant energy Maryland displayed was reminiscent of its vigor during the season's early stages. Now at 5-5 in the ACC, the Terrapins revitalized their NCAA tournament chances.

"A lot of guys may say the chemistry is not there or whatever," freshman guard Sean Mosley said. "Well the chemistry is here. We showed it tonight. We just got to continue to do that each and every game we play."

Three Up:

1) Shooting percentages. On Friday, Gary Williams said the Terps just needed a basket or two to fall and the team would rediscover its shooting touch. It's a confidence thing, he said. Well, the Terps hit a few shots early. Then they hit a few more. Then halftime came, which is usually when all momentum is zapped out of this team by the ventilation system in the home locker room. But then they came out and continued hitting shots. Maryland shot 48.1 percent from the field today. More notably, the Terps shot a better percentage (50.0 percent) in the second half than they did in the first (46.7 percent). Greivis Vasquez shot 7 for 13. Landon Milbourne shot 8 for 11.

2) Eric Hayes. Perhaps a reserve role suits Hayes better than a spot in the starting lineup. Williams said they should list the "finishers" rather than the starters, because those are the players that matter most. Hayes, by the way, was one of those closers for Maryland today. He finished with 12 points, five assists and four turnovers.

3) Second-half leads. Maryland held on today, something it had struggled to do in the past. The Terps retained their defensive intensity throughout the game and flustered Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney, who managed to score 16 points but never seemed to develop much offensive rhythm. Maryland recorded five of its six steals in the second half.

Three Down:

1) Team-wide haircuts. Landon Milbourne and Adrian Bowie sported varying degrees of mohawks on Saturday (Milbourne's was much more subtle than was Bowie's). Of course, we asked Bowie about the gutsy decision after the game, and he said he was set up. According to Bowie, who was grinning throughout this particular line of questioning, the whole team was supposed to get the same haircut, but somehow he and Milbourne were the only players to go through with it. I'll have more on this development tomorrow.

2) Jeff Allen's middle finger. It would appear the Virginia Tech forward did not enjoy his time in College Park this afternoon. Here was his reaction to the Comcast Center crowd upon fouling out.

3) n/a

By Steve Yanda  |  February 14, 2009; 7:42 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Missed Shots, Part III
Next: Terps Close Convincingly Despite Vasquez's Foul Trouble


This post has nothing to do with gary's failings as a recruiter. I do not think that dead horse has been beaten enough.

Posted by: skins1110 | February 14, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

The third down should have been the redundant, one-sided 3-part series you guys chose to put in the paper this week.

Posted by: FeartheNoodle | February 14, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Looks like you guys provided all the motivation Gary needed to whip the Terps into a frenzy. Everybody knows Gary does his best work when he can convince his team they are the underdogs and that everyone is against them, especially the media.

Maybe next week before they play Duke and Carolina you all could run a story about how Gary kicks his dog or something like that!

Posted by: ecglotfelty | February 14, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I have always felt that the overwhelming majority of those that have called for Gary's firing are not the ones that go to the games, not the ones that show up for midnight madness, nor preseason games. They're not the ones that were fans when this program couldn't be shown on television because the ncaa threw the book at us, and worst of all, in many cases they didn't even go to Maryland.

They are mostly casual fans who got interested after the team was already good and like to make some noise because they have nothing better to do. They often have no clue about the history of the program and what Gary did to turn it around. The real fans would do anything they could to make sure Gary never leaves College Park.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 15, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

#3 down could be you will have trouble finding something to bash Maryland and Gary about. Well, you could always beat the dead horse again.

Posted by: jt082005 | February 15, 2009 3:46 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Barno.

Great win. Never closer than 2 posessions for the last ten minutes. 83 points on 66 possessions, extremely efficient. Terps should wear the yellow unis the rest of the year, they play so well in them.

Posted by: Lee26 | February 15, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

We beat V Tech at home and are now 5-5 in the ACC...and the FOG's are out in force dissing those of us who are not satified with what is at best mediocrity. According to Barno we aren't "real" fans.


Well kids, hear is the reality of the situation: We lose at least 4 and perhaps ALL of our remaining regular season games.

Not even a sniff of the NCAA's.

Probably an NIT bid again.


Posted by: petecard | February 15, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Another up, this team takes care of the ball extremely will, very few unforced errors.

Good for you petecard, guess you don't have to watch the rest of the games since you have it figured out.

Posted by: musicturtle | February 15, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

"hear is the reality of the situation" your command of the English language rivals your basketball knowledge. Two words: not impressive.

Posted by: Lee26 | February 15, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Brilliant, Lee26. In creating an email comment I inadvertantly use the word "hear" instead of "here" and that's all you can focus on?

Oh, no. I ended that last sentence with a preposition!!!!

Posted by: petecard | February 15, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Oh, yes, Lee26. Your basketball acumen comes down to the yellow "unis!"

Gary shoulkd hire you to recruit!

Posted by: petecard | February 15, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company