If I cornered you at 10:00 am this morning and said, “Pssst…I saw the scripts. Jay Greene scores 2 points for UMBC today and Greivis Vasquez scores 21 for Maryland” what would you have said?
Maryland wins, UMBC loses. Right?
Jay Greene only scored two points (he did have 8 rebounds and 8 assists…) and UMBC still came out a winner, as the Retrievers rallied from an 11-point deficit midway through the 2nd half to knock off Boston University in overtime, 79-75, in the quarterfinals of the America East tournament earlier today. Darryl Proctor chipped in a career-high 33 points for the Retrievers, who will face Albany tomorrow at 2:00 pm in the A.E. semi-finals. Albany stunned #2 seeded Vermont earlier today.
Meanwhile, in Charlottesville, Virginia did it to the Terps once again on Senior Day, as Mamadi Diane scored 23 points including a late 3-pointer and the NCAA tournament hopes for Maryland all but expired in a 68-63 loss to the Cavaliers. Maryland got the ball back with 39 seconds to play, trailing by three, but a poor offensive possession by the Terps led to an off-balance shot by Vasquez (1 of 6 from 3-point-range, 21 points overall) that missed…and the Cavaliers then went on a foul-shooting parade to win for only the 4th time in 16 ACC games this season. The loss likely sends Maryland (7-9/ACC) into the NIT for the 4th time in 5 seasons unless Gary Williams and Company can pull a rabbit out of their hat in next weekend’s ACC tournament.