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Tribe hands Maryland 83-77 defeat

If you didn't believe it before tonight, you had better believe it now. William & Mary is a skilled and balanced squad, one with the mental toughness and confidence to win on the road against far more renowned opponents. The Tribe proved so once again Wednesday night in handing Maryland a 83-77 defeat. The Terrapins are now 8-4 heading into their final non-conference game before the start of ACC play.

William & Mary could shoot; Maryland could not. The Tribe's defensive scheme proved effective; the Terrapins continued to struggle keeping track of their assigned men.

"We came out tonight not wanting to get the ball inside," Maryland Coach Gary Williams said. "Their defense was good. They sagged and all that, but you can still get the ball inside. We didn’t have the patience or the toughness to go inside with the basketball, so it turned into a shooting contest and they won."

Three Up:

1) Landon Milbourne in the second half. At halftime, Maryland trailed by nine, in part because guys like Milbourne had seemingly disappeared. Following the break, however, Milbourne helped lead the Terrapins' comeback attempt. He scored 14 of his 19 points and seven of his 10 rebounds in the second half to finish with a double-double.

2) Rebounding in the second half. As the Terrapins picked up their intensity, they began to attack the boards with more vigor. Several times in the first half, a William & Mary would swoop in and snag a rebound in front of or over a flat-footed Maryland player. That problem diminished after halftime. Maryland ended up winning the rebounding battle, 37-35.

3) Greivis Vasquez in the second half. Vasquez began the night with a few drives into the lane. Then he went away from that for the rest of the first half, and his effectiveness plummetted as a result. But in the second half, Vasquez returned to the formula that had worked early on by driving into the post and attempting shots from close range. All five of his free throw attempts came after the intermission. He finished with 26 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Three Down:

1) Enthusiasm. Gary Williams said after the game that William & Mary had more of it than did the Terrapins. How, you might wonder, does that happen?

"I don’t have an answer for you," Landon Milbourne said. "I don’t know. Coach has been saying it all week. That’s just something that we have to build within our team. We haven’t done a good job of that so far. I think tonight it finally caught up with us."

2) Defense. It wasn't just that the Terrapins struggled to defend the perimeter during the first half when the Tribe built it's lead. It was an all-encompassing flaw the Terrapins revealed when William & Mary held possession Wednesday night. Maryland struggled to keep their assigned men in front of them, could not close out quickly enough when in zone and were susceptible to back door cuts due to their adament attempts to prevent further three-point attempts.

"Defense is obviously a big part of basketball," Milbourne said. "If we can’t figure out a way to keep our men from beating us off the dribble or helping each other out when we get beat, you know, we’re going to lose games like that. We have to learn how to help each other out and learn how to take accountability for our own man scoring. Once we can get that, then we can win some games. But until we fix that, we’re going to have a tough time."

3) Three-point shooting. There simply was too much of it by the Terrapins, especially on a night when such attempts weren't falling from the outset. William & Mary lined up in a 2-3 zone scheme designed to induce copious amounts of three-point attempts, and Maryland obliged, even when it was clear that plan wasn't advisable. The Terrapins made 4 of 25 (16.0 percent) attempts from beyond the arc against the Tribe.

"They give you decent looks on the perimeter," Gary Williams said. "You don’t have to make too many passes before you find someone open, you know, for a decent three. If you fall for that, you know, the problem with that is you don’t get to the free throw line, obviously, and the problem is if you’re not shooting well, then they just keep backing off and backing off more as you go along, and that’s what they did."

By Steve Yanda  |  December 30, 2009; 11:00 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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I saw this one coming. Hopefully this is the kick in the ding ding that Gary's guys need to get them going, i.e. American and Morgan State.

This is not a bad loss like those but, it's not a good one either.

Posted by: Section505203 | December 31, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: parkay57 | December 31, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Hey don't worry. Our Terps are still the best in the land. Gary can outcoach and outrecruit anybody.............

Greivis Vasquez will be the #1 overall pick in next years NBA draft.

Of course the obvious ones will post various reasons why Gary-The-God is awesome and how anyone that says anything negative about the Terps or their coach aren't "real" fans.

What's our signature win so far this year again?


Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | December 31, 2009 2:18 AM | Report abuse

meh, just another loss to another "supposedly" inferior team for Gary and MD. it looks like nothing has changed from the last 5 years, and we'll have to fight just to be on the bubble of the NCAA tourney.

Gary was the Phoenix that rose our program from the ashes. Now he's the same guy that is returning us to that state.

Posted by: sargeantmofo | December 31, 2009 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Always seems like the other teams can hit NBA 3s against the Terps. But we haven't had a consistent 3 point shooter since Juan Dixon. Williams needs to recruit at least one outside shooter to help open up the inside game.

Congrats to the Tribe. Still can't believe the distance on some of those 3s. I was looking for them to shoot from half court.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | December 31, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Wow combine the Ross decommit with a loss to a BETTER team in William and Mary and maybe even some of the Gary faithful are taking off those glasses. I always laugh when people claim Gary is the best coach in the country. Gary is a good coach and he has been consistent in his career including at Ohio State and BC. Having watched probably 3/4 of every MD game since Gary became coach I'm confident in saying he has never had a team including even our national championship crew play so smoothly within their sets as the Tribe did last night. Don't be fooled by the "we have more talent" mantra if we played W&M ten times they probably would win 6-7 times easily. MD is in no man's land, not a ton of NBA talent, but not a smooth high basketball IQ team like a good mid-major team like W&M, Butler, Siena, etc. Gary doesn't have enough juice left to sell his program as having national significance. Look at Ross as soon as he got a little a little bit better and felt he could go to a program that mattered he cast aside his commitment. Let's name the court next season after Gary he deserves it and let him head on with grace like Denny Crum and Gene Keady did when their time came.

Posted by: restonhoops | December 31, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

If I was coaching against the Terps since the national championship players left (Blake and Nicholas could hit 3's the year after the championship), I'd play 2-3 zone against them and bring a team that could hit the 3...that's the easiest way to beat them. Maryland hasn't had reliable, capable shooting in forever.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 31, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Mike Jones was pretty good when he wasn't in the dog house.

Posted by: restonhoops | December 31, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

restonhoops - the current W&M team doesn't do anything better than the National Championship team - that's crazy.

The rest of what you said, I'll agree with.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 31, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I think the bigger issue is that Terps haven't been good at medium to outside shooting as a team in forever...the guys Gary likes are the ones that press more and play on the run...but for whatever reasons or not(maybe $$$, who knows)..the best of those guys don't go to MD.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 31, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Same old story. I hear players saying that they could not get into the game until the second half. What kind of statement is that sending to your fans and school? Gary refuses to send his players a message. By not pulling these players off the court and putting the reserves in is like telling his players that its okay to not give your best all the time... I`m not putting all the blame on Gary, but he did recruit these players. I think Gary should start checking the heart of the recruit more than their skills. We need players that will give 100% all the time, I do not think that is asking too much since they are getting a free education. Go Terps!!!!!

Posted by: jahalt | December 31, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm afraid we are going to see posts like the ones above on a regular basis again this year.

Didn't everyone know that W&M is a good team and has strengths that match up well with Maryland's weaknesses? Surely the coaches and the players knew it.

So then, how does a Maryland team NOT come out with enthusiasm and energy? How do they fall into the the trap of shooting the 3's and not working the ball inside?

I'm tired of answering my own questions. The FOG's will always have there banal excuses. We will probably see a few of them after this post. My guess is that the Koolaid drinkers are a little hung over this AM.

By the way, did anyone notice Lance Stephenson's performance in leading Cincy over UConn yesterday?

Posted by: petecard | December 31, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that in none of the Post's (or Sun's) coverage on this game can we find a quote from a William & Mary coach or player? Ridiculous -- and I am a Maryland alum.

Posted by: scrappledog | December 31, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

petecard - Bringing up Stephenson, really? A top 10 recruit who ends up at Cincy because nobody else wants him - something will happen there once he's gone with that.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 31, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to have to disagree ClipBoard. I saw just about every game the year of our NC and it was a great team no doubt. The team played well together, but to my eye it had a lot more to do with a great competitor (dixon) and great facilitator (blake) and guys that knew their role (Mouton, Baxter, Wilcox). More so than we were a well oiled machine. MD had zero answers for W&M last night. We couldn't find their 3 point shooters all night and they looked like the Harlem globetrotters in the half court set with multiple wide open dunks as guys got lost on D.


restonhoops - the current W&M team doesn't do anything better than the National Championship team - that's crazy.

The rest of what you said, I'll agree with.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 31, 2009 9:22 AM

Posted by: restonhoops | December 31, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Don't you guys think that either Gary has slipped as a coach or the kids just don't listen to him anymore? I just to remember players that would blossom over time at under Gary. I just don't see that much anymore. I look at someone like Eric Hayes that has been such a disappointment at MD. If he was somewhere like W&M I would see him averaging 20 plus points easily curling off screens and picking and popping with their bigs. Not only aren't we recruiting enough talent we seem to be struggling to utilize properly the talent we do have.

Posted by: restonhoops | December 31, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Where are the FOGs today? Waiting until we beat some stellar team like BC to crow about our coming 10 seed if we're lucky?

Posted by: restonhoops | December 31, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse


They've been on a Koolaid bender since Wednesday...

They're in a deep FOG fog!!!


Posted by: petecard | January 1, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

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