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.
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.
February 15, 2010; 11:28 PM ET
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