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Vasquez: 'I'm supposed to have those games every day'

Among the many attributes that could be fairly ascribed to Greivis Vasquez, being accountable certainly is one of them. You might not always like his shot selection, and you might think some of his on-court mannerisms are a bit much, but when it comes to taking responsibility, few players on the team are more candid than the senior guard from Venezuela.

Vasquez tallied 27 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and three steals Tuesday night in a 43-point win over Winston-Salem State. Afterward, he was asked for his evaluation of how he and the Terps performed.

"I still feel like we have to get better defensively," Vasquez said. "I’m not really satisfied. I had a good game, but I’m supposed to have those games every day. I just want to win games, man. I want to get better. I want to rebounds and I want to get a lot of assists every game."

Vasquez then was asked if he was disappointed he had missed out on earning another triple-double by just a few rebounds.

"No, I mean I’m ..."

Vasquez caught himself and paused briefly.

"Yes, I’m a little disappointed defensively," he said. "I take it back. I shot the ball pretty well, you know, I worked the whole summer. I put so much emphasis on shooting the ball instead of just driving and making guys better, create something for somebody. That’s when I’m good; that’s when I make my shots. And I think my shot is good. Of course, when you shoot those percentages that I’ve been shooting up to this game, everybody’s going to question my shot. But I have to get to the paint and create something for my teammates. That’s when I’m good. And my team really needs me to be a leader in that way. I’m still going to make shots. I’m still going to score. I’ve been here for four years. But I have to create for others. And not only that, I think I need to set the tone defensively. I really take that upon myself because I can get 10 rebounds. I’m very capable to help the big guys get rebounds and be aggressive defensively."

On the season, Vasquez is leading the team in scoring (14.9 ppg) and assists (6.3 apg). He also is averaging 4.7 rebounds per game and has tallied a team-leading 17 steals. Vasquez is shooting 37.4 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from three-point range.

By Steve Yanda  |  December 24, 2009; 8:09 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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