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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."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 13, 2010; 7:47 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Attended the game last night. It was nice to see some red int he crowd! Good effort by both squads but both played a bit flat at times if you ask me. Refs suck for both sides. GV had a good effort but team had hard time getting Eric involved. He had his shot on last night but got few touches. I think he could have made a difference last night for us.

Posted by: jbeard32 | January 13, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Good effort against a pretty good team on the road. Not sure why MD ran a play for Mosley at end of regulation. How did Gregory miss the follow-up? Wish GV could have shown a little poise in OT. He took some awful shots. Good game though.

Posted by: erniegogo | January 13, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Great players score 30 points, MAKE the last shot and win the game. Over-rated hot heads miss the shot, then after the game, tell everyone how hard it was, yet throw a teammate under the bus by saying their shot was easy! Put the ball in Hayes' hands, and play GV as a 6 man at the 2 or 3 spot. Better yet, kick him off the team.

Posted by: hurtinterpfan | January 13, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I love GV's shimmy shake on the long 2 in regulation. That was awesome when Antoine Walker did it in 2003. It's just as awesome now.

I also love guys with a Hero Complex...

Posted by: peterandmeredith | January 13, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Good effort against a pretty good team on the road. Not sure why MD ran a play for Mosley at end of regulation. How did Gregory miss the follow-up? Wish GV could have shown a little poise in OT. He took some awful shots. Good game though.

Mosely had been making that shot in the lane all night - I think the boys ran out of gas at the end. They had no legs under their shots. Dino and Landon missed some point blank looks in regulation and in OT and missed.

Posted by: jbeard32 | January 13, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Attended the game last night. It was nice to see some red int he crowd!
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I went down to see the Wake-MD game a couple years ago when Chris Paul was playing for Wake. The one I remember was that place was a ghost town ten minutes after the game. I have no idea how they convince recruits to go to Winston-Salem

Posted by: restonhoops | January 13, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Last night is the prime example of what you get when your team is lead by a talented, but streaky player. Vasquez was up and down all night. He made some very good plays and took some very good shots (a few that didn't go in), but he also made a bunch of bad decisions and jacked up awful shots (only one of those went in---the turn-around 3 near the end of regulation). It's kinda like the saying "live by the 3, die by the 3," whereas Maryland's curse is "live by the Vasquez, die by the Vasquez."

I don't blame Gary for putting the ball in his hands when it comes down to crunch time because of his ability to not just get to the rim and draw contact, but to also create open looks for other players. An ACC game in the balance is not the time to let someone else run the team, but sometimes I do wish other players (Mosley and Bowie) would be given the opportunity to make something happen when it really matters.

The play Vasquez made at the end of regulation was a good one. He had options both for himself and for others, and he did made the correct decision to pass to Mosley on the curl. The problem with the play was that was the third progression of the play, and Mosley was out of position, and not at the free throw line, where that shot should have been taken from, not on the top block. Dino rushed his follow tip, so I think it's tough to criticize the quality of his shot with him not knowing how fast he had to release the shot in order for it to count.

The play Vasquez made at the end of overtime was a different story. I'm sure Gary expressed the desire to go for the win prior to the final possession, but Vasquez's look with 6 seconds left was not what Gary had in mind. Vasquez did nothing to improve his look or to even see if penetrating for the tie would be an option. I think Mosley was surprised he got such a good look at the win after corralling the rebound. Wake's defense in the final few seconds was very suspect, and it should have cost them.

Finally, I cannot believe the refs did not take a moment to see that there should have been 0.4 seconds left on the clock for the final inbounds play instead of the 0.1 that the Terps had to work with. Also Aminu's swat of the inbounds pass probably could have been called a foul.

Nonetheless, the Terps did show quite a bit of resolve and promise in this game in a surprisingly non-hostile environment away from home. Hopefully they can work on spreading things around a little more so that they don't have to rely on Vasquez to force shots at the ends of games.

Posted by: Russtinator | January 13, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

play GV as a 6 man at the 2 or 3 spot. Better yet, kick him off the team.

Posted by: hurtinterpfan | January 13, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

What's it like in Imagination Land? Are all the evil villains from 80s cartoons/movies really there?

Do tell.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 13, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

agreed about winston being a ghost town. last night was tough, and i agree with jbeard, shots were short at the end bc the boys ran out of steam. probably because of the scheduling. need a W this weekend in boston, ill be there cheering them on.

also, heard a great rumor abuot dino gaudios daughter last night. i watched the game with some people who went to wake and they all said she was a power-tramp down there.

Posted by: jpfterps | January 13, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

How did Gregory miss the follow-up?

Posted by: erniegogo | January 13, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

He didn't just miss it, he overshot a point-blank put back by throwing it 6 feet past the basket! Worst game-winning put back attempt ever.

Also, Mosely was 0-2 on open looks at end of regulation and OT. Not good. But I didn't like that we were going for 3 when we were only down 2. Have Beavis drive the lane and try for an easier shot and maybe get a foul call. Didn't like the play that was called to finish the game.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 13, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Maybe this is the problem: GV is a bubble player.

He does have a lot of talent and he certainly has some glaring weeknesses.

They seem to meet at the vortex of amazing/exciting and "slit your wrists" frustrating.

We can talk about the end of the game all we want, but the real problem is that the Terps/GV played into their hands. For him, the game seems more like a passion play than a win lose contest. He seems more into how the game flowed, the drama and his performance than the results.

I understand how Gary seems to tolerate this...there seems little he can do...then I realize, Coach K would never stand for this.

Posted by: petecard | January 13, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I think the Terps played a great game, thought the loss hurts. Not sure I understand the criticism of GV; the rest of the team didn't really help him out. I think Jordan Williams played pretty well.

Posted by: SirPelleas | January 13, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

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