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Quality performances from Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne

Maryland senior guard Eric Hayes did not shoot with his typical precision Sunday against Florida Atlantic. He made 3 of 9 attempts from the field and 1 of 4 attempts from three-point range. He did, however, dish out nine assists and just one turnover.

"I liked Eric Hayes's aggressiveness" Sunday, Coach Gary Williams said. "He obviously didn't shoot the ball like he's been shooting it, but he has to take those shots. It's very important if you're a shooter not to pass up those shots. I thought he did a good job, you know, of looking for his shot. He was open; they just didn't go in."

Hayes is shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 48.2 percent from three-point range on the season. He is averaging 12.4 points per game and ranks second on the team in assists (3.5 per game). Maryland, by the way, ranks second among ACC teams in assists (17.2 per game); only North Carolina (20.3) ranks higher.

Williams also lauded the play of senior forward Landon Milbourne on Sunday, noting that Milbourne is shooting with more confidence now than at any other point in his career in College Park.

"He’s not hesitating," Gary Williams said. "When you’re shooting well, you don’t hesitate, and that doesn’t give the defense time to recover if you don’t hesitate. Right now, Landon's in a good zone looking for his shot."

Milbourne, who finished with 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting against FAU, is averaging 13.7 points per game while shooting 52.6 percent.

By Steve Yanda  |  December 29, 2009; 10:29 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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As long as he's hitting approx 50% of his 3s, the Terps have to find ways to get Hayes 6-8 shots from behind the arc. I don't care who the shots get taken away from. Ride the hot hand and so far that season it has consistently been Hayes.

Posted by: fushezzi | December 29, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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