Vasquez fakes out everyone
Just less than two minutes into the second half Friday night against Charleston Southern, Maryland senior guard Greivis Vasquez stole the ball and raced downcourt in a 2-on-1 with sophomore guard Sean Mosley.
As he neared the basket, Vasquez faked as if he were going to toss a behind-the-back pass, pulled the ball back around front and then flung it behind his back to Mosley for a lay-up.
The Charleston Southern defender looked confused as to what had just happened, and he was not alone. In fact, the only person at Comcast Center not duped by Vasquez's trickery likely was the Venezuelan guard himself.
"Apparently I was [faked out] that time because he usually fakes and scores, but he faked and faked and I could have dunked it but my balance was off because I'm used to him just faking and going up," Mosley said. "But he faked too many times there, and I was kind of lost myself."
Vasquez had a horrible night shooting the ball (3 for 14 from the field) on Friday, but made up for it by dishing out 13 assists.
"Greivis is a really unique player in that his strength is five-on-five," Coach Gary Williams said. "A lot of guys are really good one-on-one when there's room on the court. Greivis can really be a good player when all 10 guys are there. That's where he's really good. A couple of those passes he had in the second half were really good. And I'm not counting the one where he went behind his back, pulled it back in front and went behind his back. That was probably one too many behind-the-back fakes. But, you know, that's Greivis."
Williams said he felt Vasquez passed up several open looks against the Buccaneers and struggled because he forced shots when he was covered. Williams compared Vasquez's shooting woes* to a batter in a hitting slump who chases balls out of the strike zone but watches the ones right down the middle of the plate go by.
*Vasquez scored nine points. He was one of seven Terrapins to score at least nine points. Granted, the opponent was, shall we say, not of the highest quality, but that's still a pretty good job of spreading the wealth.
"A couple of times out there he was wide open and he faked the guy," Williams said. "I asked him who he was faking. You know, he's got to shoot when he's open. And I think he was trying to do a lot of things tonight. He's good enough to let the games come to him. He doesn't have to go to the game; the game will come to him."
Vasquez acknowledged he took some "tough" shots and that he "wasn't really there offensively." That didn't keep him from making an impact, though. The double-behind-the-back-fake-but-not-really pass to Mosley was just one example of Vasquez's ability to make his presence felt even when he's racking up points.
"I was trying to make a play to get everybody excited," Vasquez said. "I wanted to make something good so I can get myself going. I was going to go for a layup, but -- I missed a layup today. Do you guys believe that? I missed a layup -- but I was just trying to get them involved today because I was really off."
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