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Accountability not an issue for the Terps

Maryland has a lot of problems it needs to address right now, especially given that the Terrapins have just one more opponent in the 11 days before the start of ACC play. But one thing that's not an issue with this team is accountability. Senior guard Eric Hayes spoke after the game about how William & Mary was better than Maryland in every aspect of the game, and his tone was shared by every other team representative that spoke with the media.

There was the head coach, who accepted responsibility for not being able to find a way to get his players to make necessary adjustments before halftime.

There was the senior forward, who bemoaned his team's overall lack of emotion throughout a game players said they could not afford to lose.

"As far as our team, we didn’t really have that much emotion going into the game, and that’s something that you have to have," Landon Milbourne said. "I feel like this was a big game for us; everybody knew that … We should have come out with a lot more energy than we did. In the second half we tried to pick it up a little bit and show some emotion, but we can’t play from behind all the time. We should have come out with that type of energy, that type of attitude, and maybe it would have been a different game."

And there was the star guard, who put forth his dissatisfaction for the manner in which he was leading the team, as well as the direction in which said team was headed.

"We have to have some pride," Greivis Vasquez said. "We just didn’t stop them from driving. I mean, our team defense was okay. It wasn't bad, but we have to have some pride. We have to stop our man. We play in the ACC. Everybody's quick. Everybody's good. We have to take some responsibility. It's nothing that Coach Williams can do on the court besides coach. He's doing the coaching; we have to take the coaching. It's the players' fault; it's our fault. It's our responsibility to be ready to play. We should be all excited. We have almst 18,000 people. Our fans are doing a great job. We have to get our fans involved. We have to get this place going crazy.

"It's upon ourself, and then, like I said, especially myself, I'm deeply disappointed. This is not the way I want my season to be going. But I'm not going to give up. I'm going to keep working, and I'm going to try my best. I'm going to do whatever it takes, and I have to get better myself, first, so I can help my teammates. So I have to be more efficient, and I definitely have to be a better leader because I want to go to the tournament, and right now we're not looking very good."

By Steve Yanda  |  December 31, 2009; 2:16 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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