Why Gary Williams tossed off his jacket
With 5:21 remaining in Saturday's two-point win over Georgia Tech, Yellow Jackets guard Iman Shumpert fired a three-point attempt with his team up by two. At that point, it looked as though Maryland's last bit of momentum was slipping away. Shumpert's shot missed, and a defensive rebound sure would have come in handy.
But instead, Georgia Tech swingman D'Andre Bell grabbed one of the 21 offensive rebounds the Yellow Jackets collected on the afternoon. As Georgia Tech reset its offense, Maryland Coach Gary Williams furiously flung off his suit jacket onto the team's bench. Bell hit a three-pointer a few seconds later to capitalize on the second chance opportunity and put the Yellow Jackets up by five, their largest lead of the day.
Obviously, it all worked out well for the Terrapins in the end, but that sequence caught enough people's attention for Williams to be asked about it in his postgame press conference.
"I just try to stay on every play," Williams said. "The good thing about that -- I don't usually do that. They did an impersonation at Midnight Madness, and every guy there took his jacket off and threw it down. I've done that probably four times in 21 years, okay? I just needed to get that particular play, whatever that was, we didn't do well, either we didn't go for a rebound or we screwed up a play. And by doing that it got me out of my system, and I was okay that last four minutes.
"See, in coaching you know you're doing well when you can see, when you see everything that's going on, offensively and defensively, nothing gets by you. You see it all. And you don't do that all the time. It's just like a player, you're not always in that zone. So sometimes you have to force yourself down the stretch in a close game to find that zone. And after I did that I felt pretty good, so I should have done it with about 39 minutes left in the game."
February 21, 2010; 1:33 PM ET
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