Maryland holds off late Virginia charge for 74-68 win
The Maryland men's basketball team clinched at least a share of the ACC regular season title Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena after defeating the Cavaliers by six points. There were some pretty tense moments during the second half -- especially in the final minute when a technical foul was called on UVA Coach Tony Bennett for the first time in his career.
But tense moments are nothing new to the Terrapins, given their recent stretch of games, and as has been their custom in tight contests for most of the conference season, Maryland pulled out the victory.
Senior guard Greivis Vasquez led the way with 23 points, and now the Terrapins must return to College Park and await the outcome of tonight's Duke-North Carolina game. If Duke wins, Maryland will share the regular season conference championship and be the No. 2 seed in next week's ACC tournament. If Duke loses, Maryland will win the regular season crown outright.
"I think we were probably mentally tired," Coach Gary Williams said. "I don’t think we were physically tired. You look at our last six games and how they went. It’s as crazy a six-game stretch as I’ve ever been in. You have to deal with it. We probably could have used playing Sunday. We could have given them Thursday off; that type of thing after the Duke game, but it wasn’t that way so we show up today and play. That’s why I’m proud of the guys. It was a very difficult situation to be in for us today to play. To Virginia’s credit, they did everything they could to win the game."
1) Greivis Vasquez. The senior guard scored 13 of his game-high 23 points during a second half in which it appeared as though the Terrapins might falter yet again in Charlottesville. He shot 7 for 18 from the field, but made key three-pointers down the stretch and a clutch pair of free throws with less than a minute left in the game.
"No matter how he’s playing, in the last five minutes he’s willing to put it out there," Williams said. :In other words, if he misses some of those shots he looks pretty bad in those situations, but that’s never been part of Greivis. He likes the attention. We all know that. But he is willing to take the heat when things don’t go well, and that’s what you get with Greivis."
2) Second half free-throw shooting. Maryland shot 14 for 16 from the charity stripe in the second half, which proved to be critical in a game that steadily became close as the clock wound down. Sean Mosley, Eric Hayes and Vasquez shot a combined 14 for 14 from the foul line on the afternoon.
3) First half rebounding. Gary Williams said he felt the Terrapins could attack the offensive glass, and that's exactly what they did before the intermission. Maryland out-rebounded Virginia, 22-10, and out-scored the Cavaliers, 17-2, in second chance points in the first half. The Terrapins held an 11-3 advantage on the offensive glass before the break.
1) Second half defense. Virginia Coach Tony Bennett said he tightened up his frontcourt rotation and asked his players to make a more concerted effort to take the ball inside after halftime, and those moves paid considerable dividends for the Cavaliers. Virginia shot 65.2 percent from the field and 54.5 percent (6 for 11) from three-point range in the second half. The Cavaliers out-scored Maryland, 18-10, in points in the paint after the intermission, and that played a large role in them being able to trim Maryland's lead down to one point with less than a minute to play.
2) Suit jacket tantrums. Bennett was charged with the first technical foul of his coaching career with 38.6 seconds left in regulation and his team trailing by one point. Virginia forward Jerome Meyinsse had just been called for a blocking foul, and Bennett let loose. He said he thought Jamie Luckie -- the referee who whistled Meyinsse for the foul -- was not looking and so he tore off his suit jacket and flung it to the ground. Bennett apparently was wrong, as Luckie then whistled the Virginia bench for a technical foul, which gave Maryland four consecutive free throws. Vasquez shot the technical foul shots. Mosley shot the blocking foul shots. They went 4 for 4, and suddenly Maryland's lead stood at five.
3) Losing streaks. Maryland had not won at Virginia since 2006. That pattern is no more.
March 6, 2010; 5:11 PM ET
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