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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."

Three Up:

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.

Three Down:

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.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 18, 2010; 12:13 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Eric, I know Mosley has been in a slump for more than one game, but he had plenty of help being disappointing on the offensive end. Hayes didn't score a single point and seemed so shaken that most of his second half minutes seemed to go to Bowie. Milbourne also looked lost for a good chunk of the game.

As for the NC State fans, I also heard repeated chants of "U-S-A!" while Greivis was taking free throws. Do those morons even realize that they have a Puerto Rican player on their team? I know that Maryland fans aren't seen as a saintly bunch, but I never recall us resorting to racism. Stay classy North Carolina.

Posted by: andreic | February 18, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Huge win - coming back from double-digits on the road, considering the recent stretch was a credit to Gary's coaching and Greivis' leadership. And damn, gotta love how Williams keeps getting better....

Posted by: putnam23 | February 18, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Adrian Bowie deserves a shoutout for last night's game as well. While certainly Williams's consistency in putting the ball in the hole down low and Greivis's determination in the second half were key in our win, Bowie's two threes in the second half when we were coming back from that ten-point deficit were crucial in swinging the momentum, especially since he had only made seven the whole season before last night.

Posted by: stjerome03 | February 18, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Andreic

Puerto Rico is part of the USA.

In other (short) news:

Mosley: Not worried about him. He does what we need him to do. He's still a good defender, disrupts the flow on the defensive end and seems to be at the right place at the right time. Not worried about the points.

Vasquez: Live by the Greivis, die by the Greivis. I can live with that.

J. Williams: Are we stuck with this crappy recruit for 3 more years? Curse you and your recruiting woes Gary.

Milbourne: We need more FSU/Virgina stat lines and less Duke/NCSU stat lines. Maybe the most important player on our team. When LM and GV are on, most teams can't capably guard both.

Bowie: good game, now go back to the bench before you p*ss me off again.

Hayes: Snipers will snipe when sniping is absolutely necessary. Until then....

That is all....carry on....

Posted by: fushezzi | February 18, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

The first half was painful. Bowie keyed the comeback with his threes.

Nice line on JW fushezzi, I am sure someone will misunderstand it and snipe away. and your point on LM is on target.

Beat GaTech. Help alleviate RPI concerns.

regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 18, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

The reason why Mosley is struggling is pretty easy to figure out.

He can't create his own shot. Countless times in recent games he's attempted to do so only to have it blocked, turn it over or throw up a shot that would make Evers Burns proud (in terms of cracking the backboard).

Mosley's best shot in the framework of the Flex offense is his curl shot at the free throw lane. If the play is run correctly, he usually gets a clean look. Even then though, you see him fade away instead of elevating and getting the shot off.

Mosley also gets a lot of points off of his defense and is a pretty decent finisher on the break. However, just like Jordan Williams, he was also guilty of a lot of easy put back misses earlier this season. Obviously as the competition gets better, his limitations get more exposed.

Mosley still has plenty of time to work out of this funk but honestly, just like Jordan, the team needs his defending and rebounding more than his offense right now. I think any game in which he gets in double figures is a bonus for the Terps.

People may have a love/hate relationship with Vazquez, but his ability to get his own shot (which admittedly are questionable at times) is what seperates him from other players in college ball.

I was watching the game last night and commenting how much I would absolutely hate Vazqeuz if he played for Duke or Carloina. It's not because of the histrionics (which don't help), it's because at the end of the day, he usually ends up being the best and most effective player on the court.

This may be be blaspheme, but at the end of the day, Vazquez will be on the short list for greatest players in Maryland history. No one in Maryland's historic program has had the overall game of Greivas.

He will be sorely missed.

Posted by: ARickey | February 18, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

AB deserved a Three Up. No way we win last night without him.

Posted by: jpfterps | February 18, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Adrian Bowie deserves the game ball for last night's win. On a night when Eric Hayes couldn't hit the broad side of a barn (missed a free throw too), and Tucker couldn't get into a groove off the bench, Bowie was the spark we needed making two HUGE 3-pointers and a very difficult transition layup. His defense was also very good, particularly when he helped down on the post. His game was not perfect as he missed a couple easy shots and made a few silly decisions, but without Bowie's play tonight, I think the Terps would have chalked up their 4th ACC loss.

Vasquez was all over the place, as expected, but there was more than enough good in his game last night to lead the Terps to victory.

I was really surprised how NC State just gave up in the second half when Horner wen out with about 8 minutes to go. Horner was by far their best player, and one would expect a slight dropoff when he came out for a breather, but the Wolfpack just put up their hands and gave up. It's rare that you see a team at this level play like that, and I'm really amazed that Lowe did not get Horner right back in and settle his team down. There was very little movement from their offense, and they stopped going through Smith. Based on the way that team played last night, Lowe's tenure should be over in Raleigh.

If not for the difficulties he had in the first half, I think we'd be talking about Jordan Williams as the player of the game. Nonetheless, his offense in the second half was significantly better, and his defense the entire game was solid on a that is very difficult front line to match up against.

Everyone wants to criticise Mosely, but he's giving this teams exactly what it needs. He's hitting about half of the shots that he gets out of the normal flow of the offense, and he is a lockdown defender. I don't know if this team would be as successful as it is right now if Mosely were consistantly scoring 15 ppg, because this offense right now needs to flow through Vasquez. I would agree that Mosely is not being as assertive as he was earlier in the season, but a lot of that seems to be stemming from the sets that they are running and the fact that so many of their sets are resulting in scores. Mosely will prove his worth somewhere down the line on the offensive end (maybe in the Duke game), but I satisfied with having him on the floor as a defensive stopper.

This was a game that the Terps could have easily lost, but thanks to NC State giving up and a more focussed effort from the Terps in the second half, they are in great position with a tough Georgia Tech team coming into College Park on Saturday.

Posted by: Russtinator | February 18, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Sidney Lowe is a bum. NCSU has to fire him.

Posted by: jpfterps | February 18, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Great comeback last night in a game we couldn't afford to lose no matter how tired we are. If we want better than an 8 seed then we cant lose to NC State. Good job by GV willing this team through a crap ass first half.

Good post by Russtinator. Only point of disagreement is that Mosely needs to make his layups. No excuse for that. Missing open shots I can live with if he locks down on his guy, rebounds, and doesn't force anything. He has to finish the bunnies or he kills this teams flow.

Posted by: lavar609 | February 18, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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