Maryland earns 67-58 comeback win over N.C. State
The Terrapins were tired -- understandably -- and in the first half it showed. Maryland displayed levels of mental and physical fatigue previously unseen this season at the outset against N.C. State. And as bad as the Wolfpack might be, they at least were capable of seizing on that advantage -- at least immediately.
But as the game progressed, Maryland revived its collective legs and began pressing N.C. State into submission. The Terrapins tallied six turnovers in the first half and just one in the second. The Wolfpack, on the other hand, registered seven second-half turnovers and ended up crumbling under Maryland's pressure.
That the Terrapins were able to prevail with a 67-58 victory was impressive, especially so given the past week that Maryland has endured. This was the team's third game in five days. But the Terrapins survived with minimal damage done and sit in a tie for second in the ACC with Virginia Tech.
"I think you can start a game tired and then gradually get the adrenaline going, get the momentum going," Coach Gary Williams said. "I was really worried when we didn't come out and close that lead a little bit at the start of the second half. I thought we were in trouble right there. That's the sign of a good team, that we were able to come back."
1) Greivis Vasquez. The senior guard tallied more than 25 points for the second straight game, and on Wednesday night he was largely responsible for ensuring that Maryland did not fall behind in the first half by more than it did. Vasquez shot 9 for 17 from the field and registered six assists. He recorded four turnovers, but none came after halftime.
2) Jordan Williams. The freshman forward recorded the fifth double-double of his young collegiate career. He finished with 19 points (tied for a career high) and 11 rebounds. He shot 7 of 10 from the field and -- along with Vasquez -- served as a steadying force for the Terrapins for most of the night.
3) Endurance. You could tell by the number of bad passes, silly fouls and off-kilter shots that Maryland produced in the first half that the Terrapins were flat-out tired. And justifiably so, considering this was their second trip to North Carolina in the past six days and their third game in five nights. But Maryland kept going, eventually picked up the pace and prevailed in the end by playing smarter basketball than their counterparts from N.C. State.
1) N.C. State second chance opportunities. In the first half, the Wolfpack did well to exploit Maryland's fatigue, and one of the areas in which that was evident was in the second chance opportunities they collected. Because N.C. State was able to control the pace (read: operate at a slow tempo) the Wolfpack was in better position to garner second chance points. But that advantage went away quickly in the second half once the Terrapins began pressing N.C. State relentlessly.
2) Sean Mosley's offensive struggles continue. The sophomore guard shot 1 for 6 from the field and finished with four points.
3) N.C. State student section chants. Once again, Vasquez had to play through ignorant "Deport Vasquez" taunts. One idiot in the front row of the N.C. State student section proudly crowed to his friends after yelling that phrase repeatedly at Vasquez during the second half: "All I know is I got him to look at me, and that's all I care about." Sweet, dude. Sweet.
February 18, 2010; 12:13 AM ET
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