Williams & Neal: A Tag Team Effort
Following Saturday night's win over Virginia Tech, Gary Williams cited the leadership of Dave Neal -- the squad's lone senior -- as one reason why the Terps were able to prevail. Williams specifically pointed to Neal's efforts late in the game with the team's leading scorer, Greivis Vasquez, on the bench in foul trouble. Several players confirmed that Neal was particularly vocal on the court and during timeouts in his attempts to keep everyone focussed en route to their third win in four games.
Yesterday, Neal was asked about his role in guiding a relatively young squad through a contentious ACC schedule. Neal said his partnership with Williams makes his leadership responsibilities easier to handle.
"Everyone's staying composed," Neal said. "We've got a great coach who knows how to win these games here coming down the stretch. Between me and him, I think we'll be able to do a good job keeping the rest of the team composed and hopefully keep rolling on the run where on right now.
Wait, one reporter asked in jest, did Neal just compare himself to Williams?
"I didn't compare," Neal said with a smile, "but I said between the two of us, we're both pretty intelligent guys, we know the game real well. I mean, he knows a little bit more than I do, but he knows what it takes to win and I know what it takes to win, so I mean, we're going to try our best to get this team staying the way we are and keep playing extremely well."
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