Vasquez: Cameron ‘a great place to play!’
With fewer than 10,000 seats, Cameron Indoor Stadium doesn’t afford visiting teams much room for their entourage and supporters. But one Maryland fan stood out Sunday night: Greivis Vasquez, whose four-year career with the Terps came to an end last spring in storybook fashion, with a victory over Duke at Comcast Center, a share of the ACC regular-season title and ACC Player of the Year honors.
Vasquez, now the back-up point guard for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, sported a red Maryland T-shirt and followed the proceedings from a second-row seat on the aisle directly behind the Terps’ bench. As a spectator he was far less emotive than as a player but equally focused.
“This is so AMAZING!” Vasquez gushed in a brief chat at half time, with Duke leading 32-31. “I never expected [watching] to be this fun!”
Maryland had taken a 3-point lead with 3 minutes, 12 seconds remaining in the first half on the heels of terrific defense, holding the Devils' senior do-it-all guard Nolan Smith to just seven points in the period.
“The whole environment is amazing,” Vasquez continued, pausing to speak to a few Maryland fans. “This is a great place to play! The national championship team! Coach K! And my team doing this well! They’re playing better than the way we played last year at this place. I think they’re playing a lot better.”
Maryland lost to Duke at Cameron last season, 77-56. Sunday’s 71-64 defeat, indeed, was closer
For the most part Vasquez was overlooked by the fans at Cameron until he stood after Duke took its biggest lead, 63-56, with just over 3 minutes remaining, to urge the Terps on.
“Sit down Greivis! Sit down Greivis!” was the refrain from the raucous capacity crowd —hardly the harshest Vasquez heard during his visits to Cameron as a player.
| January 10, 2011; 8:12 AM ET
Categories: Gary Williams, Men's basketball | Tags: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke basketball, Greivis Vasquez, Maryland basketball
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