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."
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.
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.
February 14, 2009; 7:42 PM ET
Categories: Men's basketball
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