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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."

By Steve Yanda  |  March 4, 2009; 10:09 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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I pointed out in a previous post that two keys would determine the game 1) forcing Wake into 15 or more turnovers and 2) Vasquez having a big game.

Maryland achieved the first (Wake had 16 turnovers), but Vasquez finished 7 for 24 from the field. If he hits 10 of 24, they win.

Vasquez has had a fabulous run the past couple of weeks, but other players need to be incorporated into the offense.

This will be a tough loss to overcome mentally, but an NCAA tournament bid is still possible. Virginia presents itself as a must win. A win in the first round of the ACC Tournament will probably assure them of a bid.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | March 4, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

that WF run was a direct results of GV thinking he can jack up any kind of shot he wanted. he single-handedly took some awful shots during that run when he should have been playing more of a distributor role since his shot wasnt falling. At that point in time, Milbourne wasnt getting any shots and scored 0 points. GV ended up taking 24 shots to score 16 points, something's wrong with that picture.

Posted by: pseto | March 4, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Having to play WF on 48 hours rest was unfortunate. Almost.

We should be fine in Charlottesville this year.

Posted by: jake177 | March 4, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The color analyst on TV mentioned that if GV has more than 5 assists per game, MD is 40-15. I think he should pass it off more at times, but I also understand that other players need to step up as far as shooting is concerned. Dave Neal showed flashes of that when he hit three straight 3's in the second half. Milbourne wasn't hitting anything and Hayes was cold in the second half. Plus, with the huge rebounding edge Wake had, we couldn't get any second chance shots, unlike the Deacs who could miss as oftenas they want because somebody could get a put back.

Still a very winnable game. Will it be enough to get to the dance? We'll see how it goes in Charlottesville and the ACC Tournament. It's hard to get a must win against a good team like Wake.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | March 4, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

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