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Bittersweet milestone for Hayes

With 1:32 remaining in regulation of a back-and-forth contest Tuesday night against Wake Forest, Maryland senior guard Eric Hayes fired his third attempt of the night from three-point range and it fell through the net. The basket provided Maryland a two-point lead and pushed Hayes’s career point total to 1,001.

Hayes had been quiet for most of the night – he had attempted just three shots prior to his late three-pointer – but he came through when the Terrapins needed him most. With one flick of his wrist, Hayes provided a microcosm of his four years in College Park. He finished with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting.

Hayes collected points with a hushed steadiness that always has stood in stark contrast to the bombastic fury with which his back-court mate, Greivis Vasquez, performed the same task. Hayes averaged 4.8 points per game his freshman year, 9.9 his sophomore year and 10.3 his junior year. This season, Hayes is averaging 11.5 points per game.

He somehow manages to nearly always seem simultaneously lost in the shuffle and right in the thick of Maryland's offensive production. Perhaps that can be attributed to his perpetually even-keeled demeanor.

Regardless, Hayes became the 48th player in Maryland history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, an accomplishment that did not provide as much immediate satisfaction as it will long-term pleasure.

"Not a lot of guys have scored 1,000 points here, so it's something to be proud of," Hayes said. "It's kind of hard to sink in right now because of the loss, but I'm sure later down the road it will be a little more memorable."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 13, 2010; 10:01 AM ET
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It should not have gone to OT. GV hit 33% of his shots while taking 27. That is way too many shots for one player and a lot of them (during regulation) were bad decisions. The team played well overall and had a lot of fight in them (winning the rebounding battle). Sorry, still hate the shimmy. Like the idea of the shimmy AFTER the game is won. This was disappointing. Defeat grabbed from the jaws of victory. JW missed to FTs in OT which did not help. Yes I did see some good signs from the team. Nice scoring total for GV but seriously, some of the shots he took were ugly.

Posted by: HughGRection | January 13, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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