UMBC shocks Boston U in America East tourney; Terps stink at UVA

March 07, 2009 | Drew Forrester

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?

Wrong.  

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.

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