For the past two games, Maryland’s magic formula was to pound the ball inside and let their frontcourt handle the bulk of the scoring. Well, I guess the coaches at Virginia watched those two games as well because UVA opened the game with a zone defense, daring the Terps to beat them from the perimeter. Bad idea.
Guards Eric Hayes and Greivis Vasquez had the hot hands early from beyond the three point line, combining for six of Maryland’s seven trifectas in the first half. The Terps shot over 50% and took at 10 point lead into the locker room.
Maryland increased their lead to as much as 17 points in the second half before UVA’s backcourt tandem of Sean Singletary and Calvin Baker heated up and closed the gap to 5 points late in the contest.
Things began to look a little dicey for the 13-8 (3-3 ACC) Terps as the comfortable lead slipped away and their shots stopped falling. Fortunately, Landon Milbourne came up with a clutch offense rebound and put back on consecutive possessions, then, for an encore, Bambale “boom” Osby did the same. A series of free throws, mostly by James Gist and Greivis Vasquez sealed the 85-75 win over 11-8 (1-5 ACC) UVA, a game that Maryland led from wire to wire.
All five of Maryland’s starters scored in double figures, led by Greivis Vasquez’s 25 points, and they accounted for 81 of the Terps 85 points. In case you’re wondering…Dave Neal scored the other four points.
Eric Hayes has a very good game with 15 points, 9 assists and only one turnover. James Gist had a workman like 17 points and 9 boards, while Osby, who was plagued by early foul trouble, had 11 points, but more importantly was 7-8 from the charity stripe.
Landon Milbourne played well offensively, with 13 points, none more important than the two buckets he scored off of offensive rebounds down the stretch, but had trouble containing his man on defense.
Maryland continues to share the ball well, with 18 assists and only 9 turnovers vs. Virginia. They had 24 assists in Sunday night’s loss to Duke.
Guard Sean Mosley from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, who will be joining Gary Williams’ squad next season, made an appearance in the Terps locker room after the game.
The Terps head to Hotlanta on Saturday for a noon matchup against a young, but talented Ga. Tech squad.