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For Vasquez, a performance worth celebrating

It was senior guard Greivis Vasquez's 23rd birthday on Saturday, and he celebrated it by registering 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting and nine assists while helping lead Maryland to a 16-point win over Boston College.

Vasquez drew the ire of a good number of Terrapins fans for his 9 for 27 shooting performance during last Tuesday's overtime loss at Wake Forest. Vasquez misfired on a three-pointer near the end of the overtime period and later acknowledged he probably should have driven to the basket to look for a closer shot or an open teammate.

With that showing in mind, Vasquez was asked after Saturday's win if he made a concerted effort to get his teammates involved in the offensive flow early in the game against Boston College.

"No," he said. "I just tried to play my game. That’s the way I play."

Vasquez is very aware of -- if not necessarily sensitive to -- what is said and written about him. The criticism his play sometimes generates is part of what fuels him. He takes joy in proving people wrong. And so while he would not acknowledge that he was in more of a facilitating mood on offense on Saturday, he certainly appeared more in control of his movements and more aware of his surroundings on the court with the ball in his hands. Junior guard Cliff Tucker said Vasquez was more patient and "let the game come to him," and maybe that's a better way of putting it.

Regardless, Vasquez was wildly effective against the Eagles, which made for a happy birthday and a reminder of why his play was so endearing in the first place.

"I thought Greivis really did a good job of getting everybody involved in the game today, and early," Coach Gary Williams said. "And that really helps us. You know, when he plays like that he’s a force; there’s no doubt about it."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 17, 2010; 2:02 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Great team job Terps ! keep it up!

Posted by: Realness1 | January 17, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

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