Vasquez finding way back on track
You get the sense watching senior guard Greivis Vasquez that he's getting closer to the form in which Maryland needs him to operate in order for the Terrapins to be most successful this season. After a slow start, Vasquez put up decent point totals in Maui, but the rest of his game still seemed off.
Then last night in an 80-68 win over Indiana, Vasquez tallied a game-high 23 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds.
"I’ll take him playing like he did [Tuesday] anytime," Coach Gary Williams said. "That was a great performance out there tonight under a lot of pressure."
Perhaps Vasquez's most important contribution came from the free throw line, where he made 13 of 14 attempts. He shot 11 for 12 from the charity stripe in the second half. The Terrapins have struggled of late with their free throw shooting, and if you take away Vasquez's free throw numbers, Maryland shot 58.8 percent from the foul line Tuesday night. Add them back in, and Maryland shot 74.2 percent.
"Down the stretch, that’s where he’s at his best, I think, when we do have the lead and we have to protect the lead because he’s a very good free throw shooter," Gary Williams said. "He’s very confident with the ball. He’s not going to make too many mistakes in those situations. You know, I was really happy for Greivis because he’s been struggling a little, fighting some things, and tonight he came out and he was, in addition to the way he played he was a very good leader in the huddles and at halftime and things like that."
The one area in which Vasquez continues to struggle is his shooting from the field. He shot 28.6 percent (4 for 14) from the field Tuesday against Indiana. Still, if Vasquez can tally 23 points every game, Williams and Vasquez's teammates likely won't mind how they were compiled.
"That’s what we expect from him," senior guard Eric Hayes said. "He always loves coming into other people’s places and doing well and having the crowd against him. That’s what we expect, and we’re not surprised at all."
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