Maryland got off to another strong start, on the road against Georgia Tech. The Rambling Wreck pressed early and often, trying to trap the Maryland guards and force turnovers. The result? A 9-0 Terps lead out of the gates, and an offense that cut through Georgia Tech’s defense like a hot knife through butter.
Bambale “Boom” Osby had a huge first half with 16 points, 8 boards and a very impressive 7-8 from the foul line. A suddenly more assertive Landon Milbourne, playing in front of his hometown crowd in Atlanta, had 9 points while Cliff Tucker chipped in with 7 points off of the bench.
Greivis Vasquez did a nice job passing the ball in the first half often finding teammates for easy baskets in the paint. The Terps shot an impressive 64% en route to a 50-41 lead after 20 minutes.
The only thing that slowed Maryland down in the first half was…well, Maryland. Their 12 turnovers (24 total) kept Georgia Tech in the game and the half time lead under double digits.
“Boom” Osby and James Gist played most of the second half with foul trouble. That, combined with another dozen turnovers allowed Georgia Tech to whittle Maryland’s 12 point second half lead down to one in the closing minutes.
After Greivis Vasquez missed a pair of free throws that could have sealed the win, “Boom” Osby came up with a huge offensive rebound then drained a pair of very clutch free throws help the Terps 14-8 (4-3 ACC) end Georgia Tech’s 10-10 (3-4 ACC) three game wining streak.
For the second consecutive game, Maryland led from wire to wire and all five starters scored in double figures.
Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne are starting to become the go-to three point shooters.
The Terps continue to share the ball well, with 22 assists. The 24 turnovers, many that were sloppy passes in transition kept Georgia Tech in the game.
Greivis Vasquez passed the ball well with 9 assists, but turned the ball over 8 times and took many ill-advised shots.
Zach Peacock (offense) and D’Andre Bell (defense) played well for Georgia Tech.
Maryland heads up north on Wednesday night to take on Boston College, a place where they have had little success since BC joined the ACC.
Fear the ‘fro!