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A display of Jordan Williams's 'typical' attitude

Coach Gary Williams said that down the stretch he felt his team "did a lot of good things. I thought we ran some great plays, we played good defense, we just couldn't keep jumping with them. I thought that the last three minutes they just seemed to have better legs than us. We couldn't get up like they did."

Indeed, Georgia Tech finished the game with a 45-38 edge in the rebounding battle and a 21-14 advantage on the offensive boards. That proved critical in keeping the Yellow Jackets in the game -- and at times, in the lead -- as they outscored Maryland in second chance points, 24-12.

When Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors missed a lay-up with just more than three minutes remaining, it was the Yellow Jackets' second shot of that offensive possession. Favors already had snagged an offensive rebound off a missed jumper by forward Gani Lawal.

All of that made the effort freshman foward Jordan Williams displayed in the moments following Favors's miss stand out even more. Minutes earlier, Gary Williams had flung off his suit jacket in a fit of rage after Georgia Tech had recorded yet another offensive rebound. The Terrapins could not afford to let the Yellow Jackets have too many more second chance opportunities.

And so as the ball bounced across the lane away from the basket, Jordan Williams gave chase before diving to grab it. He wrestled for it with a Georgia Tech player who also dove in the ball's direction, and when the referee signalled for a jump ball, a little, intangible victory had been won for the Terrapins. The possession arrow, you see, was pointing in their direction.

"That loose ball play he made was typical of his attitude," Gary Williams said of Jordan.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 21, 2010; 3:16 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Reason number 67 why you can't help but love that kid.

Posted by: lavar609 | February 22, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Reasons number 68 and 69.....he likes fried chicken and the Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.

Me too, too.

Posted by: fushezzi | February 22, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

If only JW lived in the Bel Air dorms, we could make a remake of the intro. Adrian Bowie can be Carlton

Posted by: jpfterps | February 22, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

2nd best and most important play of the game---without the hustle on that play, not sure the Terps would have battled back and given Tucker the chance to be a hero

Posted by: asnis715 | February 22, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I do think some credit needs to go to the guy who was laying into those refs while they were reviewing the final T.O. So much so that 3 terps hosts and a badged officer were sent to intervene. But it just might have bought the terps a few fractions of a second for cliff to get that shot off.

Posted by: JoeMama11 | February 21, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I did enjoy the state trooper's comments that we all know these refs are pieces of sh**. Guy is called over by security to keep things under control and instead he sides with us. I obviously don't seriously think we influenced the refs there, but they did give us more time on that final play than we should have gotten. Seemed like it should have been about 1.0 seconds flat.

Anyhow what an unbelievable win. Lee is right, GV did have a buzzer beater to force OT last year against Vermont, but this one was much sweeter and reminded me more of the multiple Nicholas buzzer beaters in 03. The refs did everything they possibly could to keep us from winning, but they just couldn't stop the Terps no matter how hard they tried.

Sidenote 1: I do think Petecard finally realizes how insanely wrong he was in just about every single thing he said about this team not so long ago, especially the constant attacks against the key individuals responsible for where we are right now (GV and GW) can see it in Pete's vastly changed tone. But being wrong isn't the crime Petecard, it's the not admitting it part that you should be ashamed of.

Sidenote 2: I actually enjoyed Poopy's latenight antics. Assuming he was pretty well lit when he logged on in the wee hours Saturday night. As for Poop's comment about wanting GV's babies, ironically one of the students actually yelled that at Greivis during a timeout. Got a nice little chuckle out of him... Especially since it was a guy.

9-3 in the ACC. Life is good

Posted by: Barno1 | February 22, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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