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."
March 5, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
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