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Clemson's physical approach flusters Vasquez

Just more than two minutes into Sunday night's game, senior guard Greivis Vasquez attempted to force a pass that Clemson guard Andre Young intercepted. A few moments later, Young drilled a three-pointer to put Clemson up by nine. Maryland Coach Gary Williams called a 30-second timeout.

As the players walked off the court, Williams looked at Vasquez and pressed an index finger against the side of his head. The message was clear: Williams's stand out point guard needed to start making better decisions with the ball.

But against Clemson, Vasquez was unable to do so. He finished with two assists and a career-high nine turnovers. He also got into early foul trouble, which limited his playing time in the first half. Vasquez finished with 10 points on 3 of 11 shooting.

"They did a good job," Williams said of Clemson's defense on Vasquez. "They bumped him. They played him physical. That’s the way it goes. But he’s been played that way before and responded well, so he had a tough day with the ball. Nine turnovers. That’s not him. I mean, that says it all."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 1, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
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"Fluster" is a very good word to describe what Clemson did to Vasquez yesterday.

He's a pretty complicated, emotional guy, but as a senior with several years as a starter one would think that he would know how to deal with road pressure better than he did yesterday.

Posted by: petecard | February 1, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

His poor decision making also was evident at the end of the game when he tried to take all the shots instead of moving the ball around or finding the open man.

Posted by: patrick34 | February 1, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

if he thinks clemson was physical wait till he hits the pros...they will knock the poo out of him

Posted by: carolina1 | February 2, 2010 6:12 AM | Report abuse

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