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Maryland's season ends with 85-83 loss to Michigan State

Every player inside Maryland's hushed locker room felt the same way following the Terrapins' 85-83 loss to Michigan State on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament: They thought they had the game won.

And who could blame them? Maryland orchestrated a furious push over the final two minutes of the contest to erase a nine-point deficit and even claim a one-point lead on two different occassions. Greivis Vasquez's leaner that fell in with 6.6 seconds left in regulation seemed to seal the Terrapins' Sweet 16 bid.

But rather than call a timeout to talk things over, Michigan State rushed down the court for one final shot. Forward Draymond Green tossed a pass to Korie Lucious that almost drilled Delvon Roe in the face. Roe ducked and the ball made it to Lucious, who fired what proved to be the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.

"It just seemed like we were going to win that game, and then we had it taken away from us, so this is tough," Maryland Coach Gary Williams said. "But give Michigan State credit because when you take a hit like that, to come back and win the game, that’s a pretty good accomplishment."

Three Up:

1) The three seniors. Greivis Vasquez tallied 10 of his 26 points in the final two minutes of the game. He passed Len Bias to move into second place on Maryland's all-time scoring list in the first half. Vasquez also registered eight assists and three steals. Eric Hayes finished 18 points and seven assists. He also made 2 of 2 free throws and finished his career has the program's all-time leader in free throw percentage. Landon Milbourne shot 5 for 10 from the field and finished with 11 points.

2) The full-court press. There were two different versions of Maryland's full-court press on display Sunday. There was the press Maryland implemented in the first half, when the Terrapins would trap on the initial in-bound pass and then retreat if the press was broken. And then there was the press the Terrapins put forth in the second half, the one that nearly discombobulated Michigan State enough to provide Maryland a win. In the final two minutes of the game, Maryland forced Michigan State to commit four turnovers.

The Terrapins were aided by the fact that Michigan State was without its starting point guard, Kalin Lucas, who suffered an achilles injury to his left foot in the first half and did not return. But regardless of who was handling the ball for the Spartans, the pressure from Maryland clearly was amped up after the break.

"Really, in that situation it doesn't matter who they have in the game," Williams said. "You're down; you have to do something. So our press was good. I wouldn't call this one of my greatest pressing teams, but it was a great pressing team in that situation today."

3) Jordan Williams. By the standards he set Friday night, when he tallied 21 points and 17 rebounds, Williams had an off game on Sunday. But by the standards set for Williams by the team at the season's outset -- expectations more reasonable for a first-year player competing in his first NCAA tournament -- he had a pretty solid game. Williams got into foul trouble early, but with Maryland trailing, the Terrapins had little choice other than to keep Williams in the game down the stretch. He picked up his third foul 17:58 to play, but he did not draw another whistle the rest of the night. He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and did what he could to provide the Terrapins some semblance of a presence on the boards.

Three Down:

1) Rebounding. Despite Williams's efforts, the Terrapins got hammered on the boards by a physical Michigan State squad. The Spartans out-rebounded Maryland, 42-24. It was Maryland's lowest rebound total of the season. Landon Milbourne, Dino Gregory and Sean Mosley combined to pull down six rebounds.

2) Transition scoring. It was the Spartans, not the Terrapins, who were pushing the pace and racking up the fast break points on Sunday. One of the more surprising numbers of the afternoon was how many fast break points Maryland scored against Michigan State -- zero. The Spartans outscored Maryland in transition, 14-0.

3) Abrupt endings. The pain was felt by everyone in Maryland's locker room, but it was even sharper for Vasquez, Hayes and Milbourne, who had to deal with the reality that they had just played their final collegiate game.

"I thought we had the game won, and just like that, you know, it’s gone," Hayes said. "Season’s over. Career’s over. In a split-second all of our careers ended, and it’s really tough."

By Steve Yanda  |  March 21, 2010; 7:28 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Thank you Eric, Landon, and Greivis for all you've done for Maryland. Winning the ACC title this season was a tremendous accomplishment. All 3 of you had great careers at MD. Greivis, you will go down as one of the all time greats at this school. Congrats on surpassing the legend, Len Bias. If he were here he'd be proud of you guys, just like thousands of MD fans have been all season long.

Good luck to all 3 of you in your pro careers. No doubt, you all have a lot of basketball left to play. It has been fun...

Posted by: Barno1 | March 21, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Agree with everything Barno said. It's been a great season, what with the ACC championship, the dook win, and all the close ACC victories.

A time out might have made the difference, might have given MD time to establish their defense, so kudos to Izzo for not calling it. I had a problem too with inconsistencies by the refs, but in the end the score was MD's to defend. I would like to have seen some pressure on the last inbound play.

Seems like MD's weakness this year was rebounding. Hope GW works next year's team strong on boxing out and maxing leaping ability.

Posted by: booger1 | March 21, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

The one thing I'd like back wasn't the defense on Michigan State's last possession - though it wasn't good...

I wish Greivis had made his move a few seconds later - not left time for Michigan State to get the last shot. They got away with it against Ga Tech at home, but not here.

Still, like everyone else, a great season to celebrate and career from the three seniors. Just too bad it had to end so soon. Especially after battling so hard to get back.

Posted by: dlgood | March 21, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic roller coaster ride this Winter by the boys. I'll never forget it.

Those three seniors will be missed next year but I don't doubt that Gary's team will be prepared to play. They will probably be preseason ranked about middle of the pack in the ACC (not undeservedly, they lose a lot this year) but they will outhustle a ton of teams in the coming years.

As for today, obviously it was a painful way to bow out. I have to take Gary to task just a bit on his game strategy. That press that got them back into the game at the end was also the reason why they ended up facing a large defecit in both halves.

Dorrell Summers got all kinds of confidence in banging home all those threes because he was wide open due to the fact that MichSt was breaking the MD press too easily. You would have figured after the second time that Summers hit back-to-back 3's that Gary would call the dogs off, but he didn't and the lead kept growing, and more importantly kept giving a 29% career 3-point shooter valuable confidence.

I feel that had Gary backed off of the press in either half, MD could have gotten back into the game sooner and not given Summers so much confidence.

Oh well, as we've seen in years past, this MD team lives and dies by their 3-point defense and yet again another team has an unbelievable day from behind the arc.

Throw in the massive rebound advantage and it's a friggin miracle that MD had an opportunity to come back, much less almost win at the buzzer.

Kudos to Gary and his seniors for a ride that I will never forget..

Posted by: ARickey | March 21, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

The kids played hard and honest; makes me proud to be a Terp for Life!

Posted by: norfolkoms | March 21, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Congrats on the ACC Championship. Who finished second?

Posted by: miken1984 | March 21, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I love Maryland Basketball. Now, this stuff analysts were saying about Izzo being the difference in this matchup for MSU is false. Gary gets no credit as one of the top coaches in college hoops. It's always Coach K, Calhoun, Roy Williams, Boheim, Izzo and anybody not named Gary W. Give Gary the players UNC had this year and he would have them in the tournament. I wanted MD to win this game to give Gary one over Izzo. In 2002 MD romped Kentucky in the Sweet 16, UConn in the Elite 8, and Kansas in the Final Four on their way to a title. Gary won the ACC this year with no one and done players or McDonald's All-Americans. Gary, keep the program clean and keep a chip on your shoulder.

Posted by: chitownterp | March 21, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

There are crazy upsets in the tourney every year but usually those occur in the first weekend (with the exception of George Mason). Only stating the obvious here, but what makes this game so much more painful is that we have nortern iowa waiting for us next weekend. We'd very likely be in the Elite 8. Very likely. I'm looking at this season for the rest of my life as one buzzer beating basket from the Elite 8. Just like 2003...also against Michigan St.

Gary, please, you have to schedule home and home games with MSU. It has to happen.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 22, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Or the ACC Big Ten Challenge just has to do it for us (like they have a couple times before)

Posted by: Barno1 | March 22, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Before I have contended that this season needed a trip to the sweet 16 to be satisfying. I am satisfied with the teams performance and lets face it, it was a fun year tobe a Terps fan. A buckload of talent is coming in next year. Of course I wish they had won the game - so many what ifs but it all starts with the rebounding. I've never seen the Terps so butterfingered - how many long rebounds slipped through their hands? I agree that switching out of the press may have made more sense when they hit those open threes after breaking it. But it is what brought them back in the game in the final minutes. Am going to miss this team.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | March 22, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: djrogyrog | March 22, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Thing I hate most about the way that game ended was how Greivis' superhuman effort (10 points in 90 seconds) is going to go mostly overlooked by non-md followers. The fact that he strapped this team to his back and literally almost single-handedly won the game for MD was something that deserves to be appreciated as one of the most dominating performances @ the end of a game in NCAA Tourney history.

Instead, people will remember the 3-pointer by MSU @ the buzzer.... Sigh.

Great way to go out Greivis - much love.

Posted by: putnam23 | March 22, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: djrogyrog | March 22, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Another random thought - does anybody think that the way MD lost was some strange karma for all those Drew Nicholas buzzer-beater shots during those mobile ads played throughout the tourney? Just sayin'...

Posted by: putnam23 | March 22, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Who cares if Maryland won the ACC championship. We all know the ACC was terrible this year. The national championship is what matters most and they lost their chance. So stop crying! Maryland sucks!! They lost, get over it!

Posted by: psock1 | March 22, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

psock1, if you think all that matters is a national championship, then you should just stop watching college basketball. You don't get it. I hear you can still get pretty good seats for a Wizards game.

Posted by: Effyeahterps | March 22, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I think it's safe to say that we'll be playing MSU at home next year in the Challenge. But a win in that game wouldn't take any of the sting away from this one.

Great game, it's just too bad it ended the way it did. GV, EH, and LM deserved for that shot to miss.

I'll take some comfort in the fact that Michigan State and Tom Izzo are one of the very few programs that do it the right way, like Gary.

Posted by: H1Dynasty | March 22, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to all of the seniors and to the team! What an incredible season! Hold your headup high, this has been one of the more memorable Maryland seasons in recent history. Fear the turtle!

Posted by: charles20001 | March 22, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I agree with PSOCK1, get over it !!
The Terps had a good season, but they are not one of the ELITE teams. They had a fortunate draw, and should have been beaten by Mich. St. by more, (lost their starting point guard in the first half).
If nothing else, the TERPS will be displayed Championship nite in the "ONE SHINING MOMENT" segment, (a little more agony for you guys).

Posted by: Hlynchmaster | March 23, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

This was an exciting team to watch all season. Although....pretty average in hindsight when you consider all the non-conference losses and remove the cupcakes and very worst of the ACC from the wins. Borderline top 25. Hopefully Jordan will be a star next year, even with teams focusing on him.

Posted by: lkfkd876 | March 26, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

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