Good looks at the end don't fall for the Terps
With 10 seconds left in overtime Tuesday night and Maryland trailing Wake Forest by two, senior guard Greivis Vasquez missed a three-point attempt. The ball was batted around before ending up in the hands of sophomore guard Sean Mosley. He fired a three-point attempt with three seconds left that fell awry as well, and the Demon Deacons escaped with a 85-83 victory.
"I thought Sean got a good look," said Vasquez, who finished with 30 points on 9-of-27 shooting. "Mine was a little tough. I thought it was going in, you know? It was hard. It was a tough loss. We should have won the game in regular time, so we’ve got to give them credit. They played harder at the end."
After trailing by eight points in the second half, the Terrapins climbed back and eventually retook the lead with a minute and a half remaining. Wake Forest tied the score, but even then, Maryland was in position to take the final shot.
With two seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 76, sophomore guard Sean Mosley missed a jump shot that would have given Maryland the win. Instead, the game went to overtime.
"In that situation we had Vasquez driving, and he got it to Mosley and Mosley was open," Terrapins Coach Gary Williams said. "I mean, that's all you can do is get an open shot. ... In that situation, if you get an open look, you know, that's a good thing."
As for the final play of the overtime period, Williams said the play was designed to get Vasquez the ball on a hand-off after the inbound pass. Double-teamed, Vasquez elected not to drive to the basket -- a decision he later second-guessed -- instead pulling up for a three-point shot.
"They got two guys on him and I guess he didn't see anybody open, so he took a shot and that was the play," Williams said. "And we still could have gotten that rebound and put it back, but it didn't happen, so that's the way it goes. But you want to put the ball in the hands of your best player in that situation. At least I do."
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