Terps Start Slow After Halftime
The Terps thought they had rid themselves of this nasty habit. They figured by this point in the season they simply had grown out of it. But just as they had done during several other games this year, the Terps struggled immediately following the intermission.
Wake Forest went on a 16-5 run that turned a seven-point Maryland lead into a four-point Maryland deficit. Ishmael Smith and Al-Farouq Aminu led the Demon Deacons on that run, scoring five points each.
After a first half in which it was Maryland forcing the turnovers and compiling transition points, Wake Forest initiated a role-reversal early in the final 20 minutes. The Demon Deacons pushed the pace and proved that its fast break isn't too shabby, either.
Afterward, junior guard Greivis Vasquez said he, for one, might have fatigued during the second half and that, as a unit, the Terps were more passive on offense than they were in the first half.
Asked if fatigue became a team-wide issue in the second half, especially considering this was Maryland's second game in three days, Gary Williams acknowledged the possibility.
"It could have, but we had to play for it," Williams said. "You can't save it. You've to go after the game. We had a chance there, I thought, to break it open a little bit that we didn't get. So, that hurt. But we were right there. We were in a position to win that game, and that's what you're trying to do. When you play the tenth-ranked team in the country, you're not going to win by 20. So you try to put yourself where those last two minutes you've got a shot. You know, we had a shot."
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