After leaving Blacksburg, VA on Saturday afternoon with a heartbreaking one point loss, the Terps men’s hoops team needed to come out of the gates strong last night at the Comcast Center vs. Wake Forest. They didn’t.
Wake opened the game with a13-4 lead and things weren’t looking so rosy in Garyland.
Freshman PG Adrian Bowie came off the bench, played inspired defense, forced Wake turnovers, hit some tough shots and helped the Terps erase a nine point deficit as the Terps took a 31-26 lead into halftime.
The fact that Wake Forest went ice cold from the field, including an abysmal 2-15 from the three point line didn’t hurt either.
Bambale “boom’ Osby, who was benched at the start of the game and second half for the dreaded “violation of team rules”, had a monster game with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocked shots and was a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe.
James Gist was one of five Terps in double figures, reaching the 10 point mark in the closing seconds of the game. It wasn’t his best offensive performance, but he played a very good defensive game with 8 rebounds, 4 blocked shots and some tough defense on Wake’s freshmen James Johnson, who will be a very good ACC player.
Landon Milbourne has a solid game with 11 points and 5 rebounds, but was plagued by foul trouble. Freshman Cliff Tucker had an off night which opened the door for senior walk-on Jason McAlpin to get eight minutes off the bench.
Greivis Vasquez had 22 points and 8 assists, but he also had 8 turnovers. Vasquez can be electrifying at times, maddening at others, sometimes in the same possession. If Adrian Bowie can continue to develop at point guard, the Terps will have another ball handler in the backcourt, which hopefully will lead to a lot less turnovers by Mr. Vasquez.
PG Eric Hayes missed his third straight game with a sprained ankle. I talked with him after the game and he hopes to be back this weekend for a very tough road game at #1 UNC on Saturday.