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Maryland falls in overtime at Wake, 85-83

The Terrapins had it, and then they didn't. And then they had it again, and then they didn't. In the end, Maryland couldn't pull out a win on the road in its second game in three nights, but that did not mean the contest was bereft of encouraging signs for the Terrapins.

Maryland out-rebounded Wake Forest, 43-41. That's the second time in as many ACC games when the Terrapins bested a taller opponent on the glass.

Senior guard Greivis Vasquez tallied 30 points on 9 of 27 shooting. That's the seventh straight game (eighth in the past nine) in which he has scored at least 20.

And the Terps were in position to win the game both at the end of regulation and at the end of the overtime period. That has to count for something.

"I was really pleased with the effort that we were able to make tonight, and hopefully we learn some things from there," Coach Gary Williams said. "We had a couple balls I thought we had possession of where we fell down one time in overtime, and one time we stepped out of bounds on the baseline. You know, those things make a big difference in an overtime game, so we just have to clean it up a little bit. We have to do a little better job of making sure we take good shots in situations, and when we do that we’re a good basketball team."

Three Up:

1) Rebounding. Surprising? That doesn't really cover it. Maybe a flashier adjective like "astounding" or "astonishing" or "bewildering" would more accurately describe the fact that Maryland has out-rebounded its first two ACC opponents, especially considering those opponents were Florida State and Wake Forest -- two of the tallest teams in the league. The Terrapins got a career-high 13 rebounds out of Sean Mosley tonight to anchor their effort on the boards. Landon Milbourne chipped in six. Eric Hayes had five. Greivis Vasquez, Adrian Bowie and Dino Gregory each had four. Another group effort led to another rebounding victory.

2) Greivis Vasquez. For seven minutes during the second half, the only Maryland player who scored was Vasquez. Sure, he took a career-high 27 shots, but he took over because he had to. No other Terrapin had much offensive rhythm during that stretch. He finished with 30 points, seven assists, six turnovers and four rebounds.

3) Eric Hayes. With 1:32 remaining in regulation, Hayes drained a three-pointer to give Maryland a two-point lead. The lead proved fleeting, but the basket was noteworthy nonetheless. With that bucket, Hayes surpassed the 1,000-point career scoring mark. He became the 48th player in Maryland history to accomplish such a feat. It was a bittersweet accomplishment given the result of the game, but something for him to be proud of regardless. He finished with eight points, five rebounds and three assists.

Three Down:

1) Keeping Ish Smith contained. The guy is quick. Really, really, really quick. After scoring just six points in the first half, Smith turned on the jets in the second half and overtime period to finish with 16 points and eight assists. He hit the game-winner with 19 seconds left in overtime on a drive into the lane. Defending smaller, faster guards has been an issue for the Terrapins nearly all season. Maryland possesses a relatively tall group of guards, which comes in handy on the offensive end. Not so much on defense.

2) Turnovers. The final total (15) wasn't obscene, but it was uncharacteristic for a group that typically is pretty responsible with the ball. Wake Forest made the Terps pay for their sloppiness, too. The Demon Deacons out-scored Maryland in fast break points, 18-2. In the first half, Maryland was able to slow the pace and force Wake Forest to work out of half-court sets. Consequently, the Terrapins held the lead. But as soon as the Demon Deacons were able to elevate the pace and keep it there, Maryland struggled to keep up. And turnovers played a significant role in Wake being able to push the tempo as much as it did. The Demon Deacons were sloppy in their own right (16 turnovers), but with the way they're built, they prefer high-possession games.

3) Inoportune moments. Landon Milbourne fouled Al-Farouq Aminu beyond the three-point line with 29.3 seconds to go in regulation and Maryland up by two. Aminu hits two of three free throws. Sean Mosley grabs an offensive rebound, but steps on the baseline with just less than three minutes remaining in overtime. Wake Forest scores on the following possession to go up by four. The Terrapins missed 3 of 6 free throws in overtime. Those are the sort of little miscues that helped contribute to Maryland's loss Tuesday night, the little things that, as Gary Williams pointed out, end up making a big difference in close games.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 12, 2010; 11:42 PM ET
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Comments

Good effort tonight. We need GV to play like this to have a chance against the top half of the ACC. This makes the BC game pretty important as they are a prime opportunity to get a road win.

Posted by: restonhoops | January 13, 2010 1:22 AM | Report abuse

The Terps HAVE to win their next 3 games. @ BC, vs Longwood, and vs NC State. Need to start adding some wins up in a hurry if we're going to get to 19 or 20 overall.

Posted by: jrraley | January 13, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Three up:
Sean Mosley and his timely rebounds. Not his best showing tho.

Eric Hayes. Umm, maybe we should get him more shots, you think? 2-3 from 3....3-4 overall. I don't care what you do. Run double picks, have him bring the ball up the court and jack up NBA 3's. GET HIM MORE SHOTS!

Jordan Williams - thought he had more rebounds then he actually did. Just like his all around game last night.

Three Down:
I'm obviously frustrated by the loss.

GV's shot selection in OT. It killed us. Live by the sword, die by the sword. His 33% FG% overall isn't too hot either.

Milbourne's game last night, all around. It got to the point where I cringed everytime he touched the ball. Obviously this isnt typical. Just wasn't his night.

Jordan Williams FT shooting - Do we have another 3 years of this?

Posted by: fushezzi | January 13, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

GV's shot selection in OT. It killed us. Live by the sword, die by the sword. His 33% FG% overall isn't too hot either.

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you're exactly right, but there doesn't seem to be enough talent for us to win than than GV firing from the hip. If he could shot from the hip slightly more selectively that would be great, but I'm thinking that's probably to much ask from him.

Posted by: restonhoops | January 13, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Did you see the look that JW gave GV after he tried to drive the base line at the end of the game against the WF center where he hit the side of the basket? JW had the point guard sealed on the block and GV did not pass the ball. JW shot him a look that could have killed.

Also, the last possession you could see the body language of the other Terps where like here we go again...another crazy shot from GV.

Posted by: tmcherv | January 13, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Very tough loss. We won't make the Dance by being happy with good efforts. This one should sting. I hope GV isn't happier with his box score than the final score, but I'm not betting on that.

In a nutshell we lost because we played their game. WF outscored us 18-2 in transition and too often, even after scoring, we were late to get back. Our 15 turnovers were only one less than Wake's and this is something we should have been able to have a bigger margin in.

Two of our guys shot badly. GV was 9-27, but also shot only 33% inside the 3pt. line. Milbourne also shot only 33%. GV's shot selection, to me, mirrored another issue with him: he is in too much of a rush on offense and takes too many ill-advised shots.

Couple that with another factor we see way too often (NOT ENOUGH SHOTS BY HAYES) and we let the game get away.

Of course there were some very nice moments and the usual pesky little things we would like to have back. But in my view we didn't play as disciplined and as smart as we needed to.

Now, can we learn from this or will we move on to another set of issues?

Posted by: petecard | January 13, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

This one definitely hurts. This is a game that this tired team should have had and by all rights deserved to have. Williams played an excellent game but being tired at the end from 2 games in three nights kills your foul shooting. The Milbourne foul at the end of regulation was unforgivable. I am still a big fan of his but I don't get that one.

I really do not know at this point how they can realistically get into the tournament without any non conf quality wins and missing out on this opportunity early. That combined with losing a Terrence Ross may have a domino affect that could leave this team out off the bubble discussion for a few years.

Gary continues to be a great coach but year after year he has the least talent in the ACC. I really thought the recruiting was coming around but apparently Gary is still unwilling to pay recruits to come here. That leaves this University with the moral high ground but we are also drowning down in the shady valley of recruiting talent.

Posted by: lavar609 | January 13, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

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