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Vasquez sparks Maryland to 85-66 win over Virginia

Behind a stirring offensive performance from senior guard Greivis Vasquez, the Maryland men's basketball team pounded yet another ACC opponent at Comcast Center on Monday night. The Terrapins' 19-point victory over Virginia matched its margin of victory average over conference foes at home this season.

It was Vasquez who led the way. He shot 10 for 13 from the field and tallied 25 points. In the first half. Vasquez finished with a game-high 30 points to lead four Maryland players who scored in double figures.

"The play of Greivis Vasquez tonight, I’d just like to focus on that for a second," Coach Gary Williams said at the start of his postgame press conference. "I’m not big on individual performances usually, but what he did tonight was exceptional. I think he really wanted us to get off to a good start. He was really focused. It wasn’t easy to get ready to play this game, but we were able to. And what he did in the first half there, that was as good as I’ve seen in a half, you know, against a quality team here at the University of Maryland, so that was outstanding."

Virginia -- which used at least five different players to try to guard Vasquez at varying points throughout the night -- offered no argument.

Three Up:

1) Greivis Vasquez. Duh. The dude simply could not be stopped in the first half. He hit jumpers, he drained three-pointers and he drove to the basket without much obstruction. When the Terrapins entered halftime with an 18-point lead there was talk on the risers where the press sits that Vasquez could approach Ernie Graham's school record of 44 points in a single game. At that point, Vasquez had 25 points, and though he finished well short of the record (Vasquez totalled 30 points), his night was impressive nonetheless. Additionally, Vasquez tallied eight rebounds and five assists.

2) Offensive efficiency. Two days after Duke forced Maryland's half-court offense out of sync, the Terrapins made the necessary adjustments and responded with a quality team-wide performance. Maryland shot 70.0 percent from the field in the first half and 56.3 percent on the night. The Terrapins recorded 22 assists on 36 made baskets. And they outrebounded Virginia on the offensive boards, which helped produce 19 second chance points.

3) Supporting cast. Vasquez was far from alone in terms of offensive production on Monday night. Landon Milbourne tallied 14 points on 7 of 11 shooting. Jordan Williams posted his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. And Eric Hayes finished with 10 points and nine assists to nearly post a double-double of his own.

Three One Down:

1) Sean Mosley's slump continues. Obviously -- given the final score and the production of Maryland's four other starters -- the Terrapins did not need much from Mosley tonight. Still, it would be nice to see Mosley get back on track soon, as Maryland likely will need its full arsenal down the stretch of the season. He missed all three of his shots and played just 22 minutes due to foul trouble against Virginia. He finished with zero points, four rebounds, two assists, two turnovers and two steals.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 15, 2010; 11:28 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Ok, so I am happy as hell that the Wahoos were trounced - Levent scored so you know it was a blow-out.

Concerned about JW FT%. He seemed to be improving in this respect but was only 1-5. AB didn't score. SM has been mentioned above. The combo of these two producing 0 points is a concern. They both got calle for a lot of fouls.

GV bounced back. Had he played with this sort of efficiency, who knows how much closer the Duke game might have been. But that is in the distant past.

3 ACC wins to go to avoid bubble drama, (sorry Petecard) but a 3-3 finish for this team would be unacceptable. 11 wins to be expected, 12 achievable, hoping for 13. Wow, a 7-3 ACC record - nice.
Nice coaching by GW.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 16, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Kudos to Mosley and Tucker for containing Landesburg. Though Mosley didn't score, his defense was more important. Plus, he made good decisions on offense and passed the ball instead of forcing shots. He's probably the 4th or 5th option out there usually and when you get the production off the bench like we did, it doesn't pose too much of a problem. He'll come around when it's time to.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | February 16, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Terps, for delivering a blowout win against UVA. That is what I really wanted for Christmas.

On the other hand, Tony Bennett sounds like he's the guy to break the string of awful coaching in C'Ville. Good for the ACC, bad of sorts for us.

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | February 16, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Big win. I would say we will be in the tourney now baring an utter collapse. I see our seeding 7-11 based on how we close out the season.

Posted by: restonhoops | February 16, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

The ship is righted. A very nice win that certainly was needed.

What surprised me was the total ineffectiveness of the "pack-line" defense Virginia plays. In an earlier Yanda post, here was the text book description of the defense: "The pack-line defense shares many principles with man-to-man defensive schemes. Each defender is matched up with an offensive player, and there ideally is a significant amount of pressure on the opposing ballhandler at all times."

My question is: Where was that significant pressure on the ballhandler?

That may be the best defense this Terps team could ever face. How can we get Duke to play that defense when they come to our house?

The head is clear and we can now focus on picking up our third road win on Wednesday night.

Posted by: petecard | February 16, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Tough stretch coming up over next four games. I would love to go 3-1, get a road W in raliegh and knock out Clemson and GTech at home. A win in Blacksburg will be tough to come by. It starts by not overlooking the Wolfpack.

Any chance Tucker moves into Mosely's starting spot? I'm not calling for it, but listening to Gary in the post-game last night I don't think the move would surprise me.

Posted by: jpfterps | February 16, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Great bounce back win by Terps. GV went off and I think you will see that continue for the rest of the year. He really didn't seem that off offensively at Duke the other day, just passive.

Seeing Jordan Williams assert himself in this game was real encouraging too. Good to see his first game at Cameron didn't have any lingering negative effects.

Posted by: lavar609 | February 16, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The head is clear and we can now focus on picking up our third road win on Wednesday night.

Posted by: petecard | February 16, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

We are going for our 5th road win tonight Petecard. Though I'm sure to you, unless the win is against top 50 competition it doesn't count.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 17, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

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