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Breaking Away In The Closing Minutes

Maryland and N.C. State each made its own extended runs in the first half of last night's game. The Wolfpack built a 13-point lead. The Terrapins brought the score back to a tie by the intermission.

But the second half served much more as a tug of war. There were 17 lead changes after halftime with neither team able to create much separation until the closing minutes.

With just more than three minutes remaining, Greivis Vasquez sank a three-pointer that put Maryland up by four. It was the first time in over 10 minutes of play that either team held more than a one-possession lead. Not that that provided much comfort for Gary Williams.

"We got it past a one-possession game, but the thing is N.C. State shoots threes so well and they’re not afraid to fire them from about four different guys out there on the court," Williams said. "At the same time, I didn’t feel secure with a four-point lead. I thought they made some great shots in the second half, just like we did. We knew we had to play defense even though we were up by four, but it did give us a slight cushion."

From that point forward, Maryland never trailed by less than four. N.C. State began fouling on the Terps' next possession, and Eric Hayes proceeded to sink six of eight free throws to put the game away.

By Steve Yanda  |  March 13, 2009; 10:18 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Let's not forget that this was NC State we were playing.

Our inconsistency certainly suggest a different story against Wake Forest.

Impossible: No

Unlikely: Absolutely

Posted by: petecard | March 13, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Gary should use the game against NC State to get ready for the NIT.

Maryland plays in the NIT so often it should consider becoming the title sponsor.

Turtle Soup, brought to you by Gary Williams. Simply warm and serve.

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 8:56 AM

Posted by: Barno1 | March 13, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

It was a little weird that, when Greivis hit that three-pointer, I felt like we were definitely going to win the game. We've certainly seen late-game collapses from the Terps before, but there was a sense of control about the team after coming back from having only eight points for 3 days (note: subjective time).

Banal to say it, but Greivis has really put away the bad decisions in these last few games. We've certainly got a shot at Wake.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 13, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I really thought Eric Hayes was the player of the game. NC State is an awful team and I am surprised Sidney Lowe still has a job.

In order to beat Wake Forest, the Terps are going to need to make at least 8 threes. This is a team the Terps will have significant matchup problems with.

I wouldn't expect Wake to shoot as poorly as they did at Comcast. Wake is a great team and I'm picking them to win the ACC Tournament.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | March 13, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

"From that point forward, Maryland never trailed by less than four."

Wow, and I thought we won...

Posted by: junkiwonteverread | March 13, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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