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Duke win brought out emotional side of all Terps (even Hayes)

Two years into his Maryland career, sophomore guard Sean Mosley knows what to expect out of Eric Hayes whenever the senior guard is on the court: a stolid look that rarely ever changes, regardless of circumstance.

"He's one of them type of guys that always have the same facial expression no matter what," Mosley said. "No matter if we're down by three and he hit a big three, you know, he still has the same facial expression."

But after Maryland's seven-point win over Duke on Wednesday, Mosley saw Hayes act like he's rarely seen him behave. Hayes's celebration of the Terrapins' victory on senior night included chest-bumping and high fives for anyone who came near him, Mosley said.

"He was, like, overwhelmed with the victory that we had," Mosley said. "He's not one of them type of guys you see every day, you know, with different emotions. He stays with the same facial expression and, you know, he don't get over-excited at all. It felt good to me to see the seniors get a win on Wednesday."

Mosley said it also felt good to see such an emotional reaction out of Hayes. It made Mosley think ahead two years to his own senior night and how the enormity of the moment might take hold of him.

Hayes finished with 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting and five rebounds in 31 minutes against the Blue Devils. His assertiveness in the first half enabled Maryland to jump out to an early lead. But it was the side of Hayes that Mosley saw after the game that stood out the most.

"It was just his energy after the game that made me feel like this is a new Eric Hayes," Mosley said. "And it comes a long with just winning, you know? We had a great season this year. We look forward to playing Virginia on Saturday and going from there."

By Steve Yanda  |  March 5, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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i got a little emotional just reading this!!!

Posted by: deadskin | March 5, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Hayes is the perfect complement to Vasquez. For four years, whether he was starting or coming off the bench, he just came in and did his job. Vasquez needs the ball in his hands a lot, needs to take a lot of shots, Hayes is the complete opposite and it works. The guy is a winner.

I remember in 2002, after Lonny Baxter had won his second straight Regional MOP award, Gary remarked that Lonny was so low key, no matter what he told/yelled at him the response was usually "OK, Coach." I imagine Hayes is the same way--they're completely different players when it comes to position and skills, but they have just come to MD and done their jobs helping the team win for four years.

Congrats Eric Hayes and thanks!!!

Posted by: PeteinAZ | March 5, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Very nice senior night for Hayes. Between him and Greivis they were using the window every which way imaginable. Crazy.

Well, Gary just got a verbal from that passionate, hard working, brainy Icelandic combo forward he offered on the spot last month. I've been reading about him for about half an hour and I think he may turn out to be a great get on several levels, including team chemistry. He is serious about developing into a professional and I for one don't doubt that he will, at least Euro-level, from what I can see.

Here's one article:
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/basketball/mens/news/story?id=4866375

Posted by: jake177 | March 5, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Just reading different interesting Terp info tonight. Found this link to a music vid of their postgame workout routine. Makes me wonder just how significant a factor their new S&C program has been this year.

http://www.youtube.com/user/StrongerTeamDotCom

Posted by: jake177 | March 5, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Eric Hayes is the most fundamentally sound basketball player Gary has ever had at MD. Although often chastised for not being quick enough by many here on the blogs, he's been a solid defensive player because of his fundamentals and terrific off-the-ball D. As pointed out above, he's been the perfect complement to Vasquez as a steadying force in the backcourt, and I would imagine Vasquez has learned a bit from him over the past 4 yrs in terms of understanding the game, playing intelligently. In terms of emotion, I saw something from Hayes in the Clemson game- hit a huge 3 during that big run where he left his follow-through hand in the air a bit longer and turned to the crown--couldnt believe it. Also want to throw this out there- I'd put a futures wager on it now- Hayes will one day be the Head Coach at MD

Posted by: asnis715 | March 6, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

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