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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 02 February 2009 by Glenn Clark

The Michael Phelps thing is NOT a big deal. He IS a bit of a dummy; but so am I, and so are you.

Can’t add much today; let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester ‘nonplussed’ by Phelps story

Rex Snider wonders if Phelps ‘really sorry’ about pot incident

Casey Willett wonders if Phelps can still be ‘role model’

Glenn Clark says Gary still ‘hell of a coach’ (anyone surprised this guy is an apologist?)

Bob Haynie says Stephenson to Maryland still ‘long shot’

Vince Fiduccia thinks Gary deserves ‘one more year’ to try to turn things around

Ed Frankovic says Caps get hat trick from Ovechkin in win over Senators

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Woodson will be first Raven in Hall of Fame

SI’s Peter King says Ravens were 3rd best team in NFL this season

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger says Ripken’s ’01 All-Star Game to be replayed this morning

MLB.com’s Doug Miller says Birds ‘on verge’ of acquiring Cubs’ Hill

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says acquiring Hill has ‘little risk’ for O’s

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says MacPhail could be waiting to make Hill move while trying to sign Looper

Washington Post’s Cameron Smith says Mariners, Royals could get in on Hill if O’s don’t

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker ‘impressed’ by Kim’s movement

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Lance Stephenson’s recruitment ‘familiar’ for Terps

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue thinks Mosley ‘getting more comfortable’ with ACC play

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary thinks ‘nothing wrong’ with Tucker

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda scouts Tar Heels

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps mixed up press effectively to beat Miami

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps used only 8 players in win over Hurricanes

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Vasquez not angry at Bowie for missing chance at triple double

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tucker has complained to Gary about playing time

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says not playing ‘killing’ Tucker

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens tries to figure out why Tucker not playing

Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says Tucker ‘frustrated’ with lack of playing time

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Florida State Official Site previews tonight’s Seminoles-Terps showdown

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Noles example of ‘balance’ in ACC

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Scout.com’s John Wallpher says Stinebaugh will start at H-Back; try to bulk up to play TE or FB

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Barney scores 16, but Greyhounds fall to Fairfield

The Sun says Hounds shot just 28 percent in loss to Stags

UMBC BASKETBALL:

Boston University Official Site previews Terriers’ trip to RAC tonight

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Bears best team in Baltimore

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Go Mids says Navy out-recruiting Army, Air Force (must subscribe)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Navy ‘extremely high’ on kicking prospect Blasinsky

SWIMMING:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg and Nicole Fuller say Phelps apologizes for ‘bad judgment’ in bong pictures

The Sun’s David Steele says Phelps ‘should have known better’

The AP says Phelps allegedly ‘out of control’ at party where pictures taken

Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Phelps will not face sanctions stemming from photo

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Stephanie Glavaris. She scored 16 points Friday night as Maryvale came up with a big 46-34 win over Bryn Mawr.

-UMBC 65, Boston University 57. The Retrievers can use a win over one of the better America East teams.
-Morgan State 75, Delaware State 66. When you’re the best team in your conference, you should be able to win games on the road.
-Coppin State 70, UMES 53. With no offense to Frankie Allen at all; the Hawks are just not a good team.
-The Cliff Tucker thing is MADDENING. The guy has the ability (he’s not Kobe Bryant, but he’s capable of playing); and he doesn’t appear to be a malcontent. There HAS to be something bigger there.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Terps Exorcise Miami Demons with 73-68 win over Canes

Posted on 31 January 2009 by Glenn Clark

He can still coach.

I was talking to Baltimore Sun columnist and Comcast Morning Show regular David Steele; and he and I both agreed that Gary Williams really won this game as a coach.

Maryland’s 73-68 victory over Miami came during a rough week for the program; with infighting between the head coach and the athletic department and mounting losses dominating headlines and sports talk radio stations throughout the region. The Terps had blown a lead against Miami earlier in the season; and another loss could have moved the Terps to the NIT bubble; let alone any chances of making the field of 65.

But with his back against the wall; Gary reminded us that he can still do a thing or two as a head coach.

Gary pushed all the right buttons tonight. He got key minutes from Sean Mosley and Eric Hayes after swapping the two in the starting lineup.

He went to Jin Soo Kim early and often after Kim was reinstated academically; and the move paid off with a pair of big buckets from the Korean freshman.

He stuck with Dino Gregory despite 3 fouls, and went back to Dave Neal despite early struggles.

He mixed a box and one with a traditional zone and a few different press looks to help neutralize Miami’s superstar Jack McClinton.

He called timeouts before the Hurricanes could develop too much momentum; and called effective plays during Maryland’s halfcourt offense sets in the 2nd half.

He did it all with fans, alumni, and others calling for his head. And with one of the nation’s most sought after recruits sitting in the front row.

It was a good night for Gary Williams. It was a good night for the Terps. It might not make much of a difference at the end of the season for either; but it might make a world of difference.

And for one night at least; it will force a lot of people who don’t want to admit it that Gary Williams is still amongst the best game coaches in all of college basketball.

Boy did he need this one.

That’s it for me. Talk to you tomorrow with a 15-7-0 after the Super Bowl.

-G

10:33-In his post-game press conference; Gary tried to explain the differences between tonight’s game and recent games where the team blew 2nd half leads. He said he “was really pleased with the way (the Terps) ran (their) offense in the 2nd half”, adding that the team “used more of the clock” and “patience was key”. He said the game “wasn’t a one man deal”, and “that’s how (the team has) to be this year.” With the Terps having the lead; Gary thought they did a “pretty good job” of running the halfcourt offense. He thought the team learned tonight that they “can win games” when they have 2nd half leads.

Gary said the team “did some things defensively to mix it up” and thought Adrian Bowie “was really tough” defensively. He said that the now starting Sean Mosley brought “urgency” defensively. Gary said the team made the switch to get Hayes going offensively; noting that Hayes is usually a better shooter in practice. He thought Hayes just “needed a different look”; and “he might be really relaxed” coming off the bench. Gary thought Hayes “never backed off” and “really handled things well”; adding that he was “proud” of the way Hayes handled the benching. Gary said he tried to use free throw attempts and timeouts to get Eric in offensively and Mosley in defensively; but creditted Sean for hitting two big free throws after being sent to the floor; a feat he thought might be difficult for a number of freshman.

When addressing everything that has been swirling around this program this week; Gary said the team “knew what (they were) in for” tonight. He added that he told his team he “was gonna coach”; and he made the team “promise that they were gonna practice the same way.” As always, it was nothing but business.

I noticed Gary and his close friend Governor Ehrlich sharing a personal moment after the game; I can only imagine Governor Ehrlich might have been telling him something along the lines of “no matter what you do, there will always be detractors.”

In talking to Sean Mosley after the game; Mosley said that they “want to win for coach; but also want to win for (them)selves”, as the players have to hear a lot of negative things after each loss. He said he was so focused after the loss to Boston College that he didn’t even take time to celebrate St. Frances’ big triple overtime win over teammate Braxton Dupree’s alma mater Calvert Hall. He also added that he gains offensive confidence from the successful defense he plays.

10:31-In other ACC play tonight; Georgia Tech gets the stunner of the weekend; knocking off #4 Wake Forest 76-74. North Carolina blew out NC State 93-76; and BC nipped Virginia Tech 67-66.

10:20-For the 2nd time in his career: Greivis Vasquez finished just one digit shy in a statistical category of posting the school’s first triple-double since Derrick Lewis in 1987. Vasquez finished with 11 points, 10 boards (game high), and 9 assists (game high). Vasquez would have finished it had Adrian Bowie connected on a late layup (Bowie was fouled on the play). Landon Milbourne lead the Terps with 17 points, he had 6 rebounds. Dave Neal had 11 points, Adrian Bowie had 9 points and 6 boards, Sean Mosley and Eric Hayes each added 8 points. The Terps were out-rebounded 41-38; and had a 17:7 assist-to-turnover ratio. They had 8 steals; but did not block a shot. They were 27-65 from the field (41.5%); but shot 15-30 (50%) in the 2nd half. They were 5-19 from beyond the arc (26.3%); and 14-17 from the free throw line (82.4%).

Miami was lead by Baltimore’s Jack McClinton; who had a game-high 18 points and added 8 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists. James Dews chipped in 13 points; Lance Hurdle 8; DeQuan Jones 7; and Brian Asbury 7 with a team-high 9 rebounds. The Canes had 11 assists to 16 turnovers; with 3 boards and 3 steals. The shot 24-59 from the floor (40.7%); 10-31 from beyond the arc (32.3%); and 10-14 from the free throw line (71.4%).

9:55-”We just had to make them practice” Gary says in his postgame interview with Johnny Holliday and Chris Knoche. Gary says the box and 1 they used on Jack McClinton almost hurt them because the Canes have other good shooters. Gary says the team “didn’t stop” and “ran hard every play” to finish this one off.

9:53-Two at the line for Neal; he’ll finish with 11 on the game. The final will be 73-68 as Dews’ 3 at the buzzer goes in. Dews finishes with 13. Terps improve to 14-7 (3-4); Canes fall to 14-7 (3-5). “GA-RY” chants are more vocal postgame.

9:51-Bowie fouled, he hits both free throws. 71-63 Terps. McClinton hits a layup with 8.9 seconds to play. 71-65 Terps as Haith calls his final timeout. Chants of “Ga-ry” and “We love Gary” heard in the crowd, as the Terps probably can’t let this one slip away. “We want Lance” chants again from the student section.

9:48-Bowie penetrates; and the Terps get the ball back out of bounds after he loses it off a Miami defender. It appeared as though the Miami player had possession for a second, but the refs decided he didn’t and did not award a new shot clock to the Terps. Vasquez’s desperation 3 went off the backboard for a shot clock violation. Hurdle drills a 3 on the other end; cuttting Maryland’s lead to 5 with under a minute to play. Vasquez is fouled by Dews with 36.8 seconds to play; he hits 1 of 2. 11 for Vasquez. Terps do a VERY nice job of not allowing Miami space to attempt a 3; and Hurdle misses a poor attempt.

9:47-Miami stretches their half-court defense; and Gary decides to call his 4th timeout (final :30 timeout) with 14 seconds on the shot clock and 1:28 to play. They really need a hoop here; and could use a cutter if Miami stays in the same defense.

9:45-HUGE hoop from Adrian Bowie. With 2:02 to play; he drives to the hoop at the end of the shot clock; and connects on a hoop at the rim. He’s fouled by Asbury (2nd personal for him); and knocks down the PLUS ONE attempt. 68-57 Maryland, 7 for Bowie. Canes answer back with a 3 from Hurdle. 1:50 to play; Miami takes their 3rd timeout. 68-60 Terps.

9:41-Milbourne makes both free throws; he has 17 for the game. Asbury knocks down another 3; but Neal gets a hoop on the other end. Thomas misses a 3; and then fouls Mosley (hard) after Mosley grabbed a rebound. That’s Thomas’ 5th personal foul; he finishes the game with just 3 points.

Mosley knocks down both free throws; he has 8. Terps by 9 at 65-56. Defensively, the Terps appear willing to let other Miami players have outside looks, just not Jack McClinton. DeQuan Jones fouled by Neal after a rebound; he hits one of 2.  7 for Jones, Terps by 8.

9:39-Terps CANNOT afford to let Miami keep having outside looks here; and have to continue to score down the stretch. Miami has fouls to give; so Maryland really can’t rest on a 6-8 point lead in the final two minutes. They need to keep pressuring.

Final halftime note:
-A few extra media members in the house tonight with the Gary story swirling everywhere. I was told by the school that AD Debbie Yow did not leave for her sister’s funeral until Thursday of the past week; and attended Kay Yow’s burial today. No one knows if she intends to make a statement when she returns to College Park; but no one expects her to hold court with the media.

9:36-Miami called for a travel; then the flex works perfectly for Neal to get a layup off a feed from Milbourne. 7 for Neal. Asbury rebounds a missed 3 and draws a foul from Vasquez. Canes in the double bonus with Vasquez’s 2nd personal. Asbury knocks down both free throws, he has 7. Terps by 6.

Milbourne draws a foul fighting for a rebound on a missed attempt by Vasquez. That’s the 7th team foul on Miami. 3:58 to play and Maryland maintains their 6 point lead as we hit the final official timeout of regulation.

9:34-Vasquez misses a look at 3 from the wing; and the possession ultimately ends with him missing a curl attempt by leaving it short. Gary calls his 3rd timeout with Maryland’s 12 point lead having been cut in half and Miami having the ball.

9:32-Milbourne keeps the Terps from throwing the ball away; and he draws a foul. Vasquez is then fouled driving the lane; that’s Miami’s 6th team foul. Vasquez hits one of two at the line; he has 10. Maryland by 8. Miami breaks Maryland’s press, and Dews is fouled by Neal going to the hoop. Neal’s 3rd personal, Maryland’s 9th team foul. Dews knows down both free throws, he has 10. Maryland by 6 with under 6 minutes to play.

9:29-McClinton with two free throw makes; then Milbourne knocks down a baseline jumper. McClinton drills a 3 from the top of the key; and Frank Haith calls timeout with his team cutting the lead to 8.
Milbourne drives the lane and is fouled by Adrian Thomas (his 3rd, team’s 4th). Milbourne makes both free throws to extend the lead to 10. He has 15, McClinton has 16. Terps force a turnover off the press, but Bowie misses a shot from the lane. Dews drills a 3; Maryland’s lead is 56-49. Miami erased a double-digit lead against the Terps already this season…….

9:27-More from halftime…….
-Another RAUCOUS ovation tonight; this one for Sasho Cirovski and the Maryland Soccer team; who were honored for winning their 2nd national championship in 4 seasons. The place erupted during their introduction to the crowd. Cirovski was stopped by security trying to get to the floor; and the Maryland Media Relations again had to escort him down. That’s the 2nd time this year I’ve seen Cirovski stopped by security; you’d think a guy with 2 National titles would be a little more respected.
-Alumni Byron Mouton and Exree Hipp ARE in the house; as well as Steve Sheppard; who was the honorary captain tonight.

9:24-Bowie draws a foul driving the next time down; but Mosley threw the ball away after going up under the hoop and needing a man. Hayes knocks down a 3 next time down for the Terps; he has 8. Landon Milbourne called for his 2nd personal foul (team’s 8) next time down. The foul was originally given to Gregory; which would have been his 4th-but then correctly assessed to Milbourne. Miami will be at the line after the 3rd official timeout; 52-41 Maryland with 7:47 to play.

9:22-Julian Gamble hits one of 2 at the line for Miami; then Milbourne knocks down a jumper at the other end; he has 11. Jimmy Graham with a hoop inside for the Canes; he misses the PLUS ONE attempt after being fouled by Dino Gregory (Gregory’s 3rd personal; team’s 7th). Gregory is fouled on the other end, but the foul was called on the floor (he made the shot that didn’t count). Hayes missed a layup; and Hurdle connected on the other end. 49-41 as Gary takes his 3rd timeout. 7 team fouls for Maryland to Miami’s 2 in the 2nd half.

9:19-MORE halftime notes:
-Football recruiting coordinator Dave Sollazzo has a group of 10 or so football recruits with him here tonight; and offensive coordinator James Franklin is also in the house. Maryland got good news this week when 5 of their incoming freshman for ’09 enrolled a semester early and will be able to participate in spring practice.

9:16-McClinton knocks down a 3; but Vasquez answers with a long 2. Vasquez then feeds Neal for a hoop in transition; and Maryland has their biggest lead of the game at 47-36. Kim is called for a foul inside after Vasquez is blocked and lost the ball. 10:19 to play; Maryland by 11 at our 2nd official timeout of the 2nd half. Maryland with 6 team fouls; Miami with just 1. Miami has just 3 timeouts remaining as well.

9:15-More notes from halftime…..
-Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti declined the opportunity to make a public comment regarding Gary Williams. He was very pleasant in doing so when I talked to him; he just chose to not publicly throw his hat into the circus. I think we all know how Mr. Bisciotti feels about Gary; so I do not have a problem with choosing to withhold a statement.

9:13-HUGE stretch for Maryland.
-Collins makes just one of two at the free throw line.
-Jin Soo Kim knocks down a 3 pointer; causing the crowd to ERUPT.
-Sean Mosley makes a jumper AND throws home a dunk
-Dave Neal draws his 2nd foul (team’s 5th compared to just 1 for Miami); but comes up with a big steal.
-Timeout with 12:05 to play; Maryland has a 43-33 advantage.

9:08-So many halftime notes……

-Lance Stephenson is here on an official visit; he’s sitting in front of the student section with his family. A recruiting source I spoke to didn’t take the visit too seriously; saying “he’ll play professionally in Europe before he comes to Maryland”
-Governor Bob Ehrlich is in the house; and made his support for Gary Williams very clear. I spoke to the Governor, who believes Gary “deserves a break”, and compared him to Penn State coach Joe Paterno. He said the the taxpayers of the state of Maryland deserve to see their coach run a “clean program”, which he believes Williams does. He also believes Williams is one of the most “beloved” people in the entire state of Maryland. He doesn’t think that a mediator would work to repair the relationship between Gary and athletic director Debbie Yow; that they will have to do that on their own.

9:07-Some wacky missed shots and loose ball rebounds ultimately lead to Gregory picking up a foul with 14:11 to play and the Terps ahead by 4. We’ll hit the 1st official timeout of the 2nd half.

9:05-Jin Soo Kim is set to re-enter after Miami cuts the lead to 2 on a 3 ball from Asbury. We’ve yet to see Braxton Dupree or Cliff Tucker tongiht; and Gary is clearly looking to shake things up after the team’s recent struggles. Milbourne with the baseline jumper; he has 9; Terps by 4.

9:03-Milbourne with the pull-up jumper to take a 31-29 lead; then Hurdle his hit with his 2nd foul as he knocks down Mosley in the open floor. Vasquez nails a 3 and pumps his arm to the crowd. He has 7, Terps lead 34-29. Milbourne hits the deck after getting a rebound; and he is called for the travel.

9:00-Collins opens the 2nd half with a hoop for the Canes; then Neal is long again on a 3 point attempt; he’s just 1-5 for the night. Vasquez with a big block inside to protect the Terps’ 1 point advantate. Dave Neal draws the foul inside fighting for a rebound; and Gregory enters for him as the Terps desperately need help inside. The move pays off, as Gregory stuffs home a pass from Mosley to make things 29-26. The Terps had another transition look; but Mosley’s pass went off of Bowie; and the Canes get a hoop from McClinton the other way down; with a foul from Mosley to boot. McClinton ties the game at 29 by drilling the plus one attempt; he has 8 points.

8:41-Terps and Canes trade misses before Dews gets a floater in the lane to cut Maryland’s lead to 1. Bowie comes with a big rebound off a Neal miss from outside; he hits a VERY tough scoop layup to make things 27-24. 1 minute to play in the half with Maryland getting the ball back. Miami is allowing them a number of outside looks; which they to continue to struggle to make. Terps get two big offensive rebounds this time down; but Hayes again misses from outisde. McClinton misses a shot from the lane and the Canes can’t get the putback; and Maryland will again take a lead to the locker room; 27-24. I’ll be back very shortly.

8:37-He was reportedly an asset as a shooter; but Maryland has used Jin Soo Kim more inside this season with his 6-8 frame. He’s obviously missing the necessary bulk to play as a regular big man; but if he can defend and rebound; he will continue to get minutes playing under the basket.

Alumni Byron Mouton and Exree Hipp are also rumored to be here tonight; with a lot of alumni invited to support Gary Williams.

8:35-Hayes connects on a 3 that he DESPERATELY needed to make this time down; and Maryland takes a 23-22 lead. Dews misses a 3 for Miami on their end. Comcast ERUPTS as Kim takes the ball to the basket inside for a dunk. 25-22 Maryland as Kim picks up a foul on the other end; and we hit the final official timeout with Maryland leading 25-22.

8:33-Vasquez with another missed 3 from the corner; but a transition opportunity for the Canes becomes a turnover; and Vasquez gets his own transition hoop the other way. Jones blows past every Maryland defender next time down for a thunderous dunk; and Milbourne misses another shot inside before Jones hits over top of Vasquez. Bowie is flat on a layup attempt next time down; and Jin Soo Kim will enter for Milbourne. 22-20 Miami.

8:29-Graham with the big block on Milbourne inside; and we’ll hit the third official timeout with 6:25 to play and the game still tied at 18.

Students were chanting “We want Lance” during the official timeout; obviously referencing Lance Stephenson. Stephenson will likely be a “one and done” player wherever he goes; and is teammates with Terp commit James Padgett at Lincoln High School in New York. He’s considered a long shot for the Terps; with teams like Georgetown, Duke, and North Carolina all also interested.

8:28-Vasquez misses an unnecessary long 3. Mosley with the block inside; but Asbury gets the 2nd chance bucket. Vasquez misses another 3 from the corner before Jimmy Graham ties things up with a hoop inside. 18-18.

8:25-Three point misses aplenty for the Terps. Neal with 2 misses; and a miss for Hayes as well. In between; McClinton hit a jumper inside but then airballed a 3; and Asbury was hit with an offensive foul. All of the three point misses were “one and dones” for Maryland; but they got two offensive rebounds on their last possession; and following an Adrian Thomas foul; Dino Gregory hit an inside hook to make things 16-11. Landon Milbourne called for the offensive foul next time down; but Maryland steals the ball back and Milbourne gets a hoop on his 2nd try. Dews answers with a 3; 18-14 Terps.

8:22-I’ve noticed Montrose Christian junior Terrence Ross here tonight; and I heard a strong rumor that Lance Stephenson-one of the top prospects in the entire country; may be here tonight as well. If I get confirmation; I will pass it along.

8:20-Mosley with his first basket of the game; a jumper from the top of the key. Bowie comes up with a steal at midcourt; but can’t finish a very tough look at a layup. 14-9 with 11:20 to play as we hit the 2nd official timeout.

8:18-An open Gregory is too strong on what should have been an easy inside look. Miami is the beneficiary of a non-call on what could have been a travel; and Jones hits a jumper to make things 12-9. Bowie is again flat on a look from outside; but draws a foul from Hurdle trying to drive the lane next time down. Fast paced game thus far.

8:17-Dino Gregory into the game; Hayes pops a jumper off a screen to make things 12-7. James Dews tries to drive the lane for Miami and is met by 3 defenders. Hayes is hit with his first foul.

8:15-Milbourne with the jumper to make things 10-7; Miami gets another offensive rebound; but a travel ends their next possession. Neal misses a 3 and Terps are one and done. Jimmy Graham called for the offensive foul as he knocks down Milbourne; each team has two team fouls thus far.

8:11-Milbourne makes the first, misses the 2nd. Greivis with the rebound, but turns the ball over out of bounds trying to penetrate. DeQuan Jones into the game for Miami; McGowan with a hoop on the other end; then Hayes airballs a terrible layup attempt. Terps will get the ball back after the first official timeout leading 8-7 with 15:26 to play.

8:07-A big offensive rebound and a loose ball out of bounds off the Terps extend the Canes’ next possession; but they’re forced to call a timeout trying to inbound the ball. Vasquez then picks up his first foul. Terps with tough defense and the possession finally ends when Bowie gathers a sloppy pass. Bowie passes on an open 3 but coasts to the hoop for a layup; 4-2 Terps. defensive pressure creates another Miami turnover; and Greivis goes to the student section to try to pump them up.

James Dews, Cyrus McGowan, and Jimmy Graham enter for Miami before Neal hits a 3; McClinton answers with a step-back 3. Milbourne fouled inside; he’ll shoot 2, Hayes will enter.

8:05-Important to note: University President C.D. Mote publicly embraced Gary Williams as he entered the floor. The frostiness between the athletic department and the school apparently doesn’t extend to the top of the University.

Miami wins the tip; and Collins with a hoop inside. Vasquez drives the lane for a floater to tie things at 2.

8:00-Miami’s lineup is Adrian Thomas and Dwayne Collins up front; Brian Asbury, Lance Hurdle, and Calvert Hall’s Jack McClinton-who had 18 big points in Miami’s 62-60 win over Maryland in Coral Gables a few weeks ago.

HUGE ovation for Sean Mosley as he is introduced. A group of fans organized “Show Some Love for Coach Williams” night tonight; and I’ve seen a few fans wearing suits in support of the coach.

If you missed yesterday’s news; Jin Soo Kim won his appeal with the NCAA, and is again eligible to play. He is dressed tonight.

7:53-The Terps bring a 13-7 (2-4 ACC) record into tonight’s game; Miami is 14-6 (3-4). The Terps are losers of two in a row (Duke and Boston College); Miami has lost consecutive overtime games to Virginia Tech and NC State. Tonight’s game can be seen on Raycom Sports (WNUV Channel 54; Channel 14 on Comcast in Baltimore County) with Tim Brant and Dan Bonner on the call.

This is Coaches vs. Cancer “Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend”; so Gary Williams and Frank Haith (as well as Keith Booth, Chuck Driesell, Rob Ehsan, and the Miami assistants) are wearing sneakers tonight.

The embattled coach of the Terps entered the Comcast Center floor to a RAUCOUS ovation from the crowd; and offered a particularly emphatic fist pump in return. I have to admit that it seemed a bit dramatic.

7:43-Live from the Comcast Center in College Park tonight; where the Maryland Terrapins host the Miami Hurricanes.

Two news items quickly. Sean Mosley will start tonight with Adrian Bowie, Greivis Vasquez, Landon Milbourne, and Dave Neal. Eric Hayes will come off the bench. Also, the Terps are wearing their alternate gold uniforms. They switched from the black alternates to the gold alternates a couple years back; and have always celebrated that the team’s official colors represent all of the colors of the state flag. Gold was a popular color some 20 years ago; but had disappeared until more recently.

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Terps Suffer ANOTHER Collapse; Lose 76-67 to Boston College

Posted on 27 January 2009 by Glenn Clark

There’s a lot of blame to go around after Maryland suffered another 15+ point collapse in a 76-67 loss to Boston College tonight. Eric Hayes struggled, Landon Milbourne and Adrian Bowie seemed to disappear in the 2nd half; and Gary Williams just didn’t have an answer. Fingers will undoubtedly be pointed mostly at the Head Coach; so let’s get this out of the way. Gary Williams will not be fired after another bad loss; no matter how many people send “Fire Gary” emails or call the station with “Fire Gary” phone calls.

It IS time to start thinking about what Gary can do to try to get his team’s attention more than he has. Gary has been a VERY even keel coach throughout his career when it comes to dealing with players; with the only psychological maneuver I can remember being his decision to take the players’ names off their lockers a couple seasons back. If he was considering doing something like that again; he probably wouldn’t tell anyone, but maybe it’s time.

The shouting and barking don’t work anymore. The sweating and screaming aren’t getting through to anyone. I’m not saying Gary needs to pull a Randy Monroe and lock his team out of the locker room; but he has to do SOMETHING. This team just seems willing to roll their eyes and act like sad puppies after multiple bad losses.

Maybe Gary needs to go on a tirade. I’m not talking about answering one question with a snappy tone (like he did with me after the Morgan State loss); but an outright Mike Gundy-like tirade. Maybe he needs to get himself ejected from a game. Maybe he needs to throw something. Maybe he needs to force the team to stay on the floor at halftime.

He needs to do something. It’s clear that the message isn’t getting across. This ISN’T a terrible basketball team. They’ve played terrible at times; but they’ve had a legitimate chance to win 17 of the 20 games they’ve played this season; and could be 17-3 instead of 13-7 very easily. They’re not a GREAT team, but they could be a very good team.

And if Gary IS going to do something; he really needs to do it before Miami on Saturday night. With a road trip to North Carolina following; and a brutal group of games in February; this team could be in danger of no postseason at all if they don’t turn things around soon.

I don’t think a lineup change is enough. I think a midnight run through the quad-in honor of Lefty Driesell-might be in order.

If not; rock bottom might not be that far away.

Talk to you in the morning. Be careful on the roads.

-G

10:05-Ralph Friedgen said throughout football season that he didn’t know if he was “getting to” his kids. While Gary Williams wouldn’t say anything similar; he didn’t appear to have a good judgment of why his team is struggling so much out of intermission.

Gary tole me he “couldn’t tell” the team’s attitude or emotion level at halftime; and said it was pretty similar to every other game. He said the “defense wasn’t as good” in the 2nd half; and admitted that the team plays “pretty good defense” when they’re in front of their own bench (first 20 minutes); but they lose that in the 2nd half defending the other side of the floor. He admitted that defensive communication is “easier” in front of the bench; but also said the team gets “a little tentative and loses confidence” as well.

Gary refused to really look any deeper than this game tonight; saying that he felt as though the team will do “the same thing” to get ready to play against Miami; including looking at tape. He said preparations for the next game would be the same win or lose. When asked if he worries about where he is big picture; Gary responded defiantly by saying “I don’t worry about where I am……when you start to worry about things like that, (you) waste time.” Gary mentioned multiple times that the team would just go about preparing for Miami.

In what might be the most telling statement of the entire press conference, Gary admitted he “really wish(ed) (he) had the answer” for the team’s struggles. So do the many fans who continue to come out in droves….

Walking off the floor to the area’s exit; Greivis Vasquez chimed back to the assembled media “we’ll get it together….”

9:57-Greivis Vasquez lead the Terps with a game high 18 points and 6 assists; he also added 5 boards. Landon Milbourne tallied 14 points and a team high 7 boards. Adrian Bowie had 12 points and 5 boards, Sean Mosley had 10 points and 4 boards. The Terps put up ABYSMAL shooting numbers in the 2nd half; 11-37 from the field (29.7%), 1-9 from outside (11.1%), and 4-7 from the free throw line (57.1%). For the game they finished 29-71 from the floor (40.8%), 3-17 from long distance (17.6%), and 6-10 from the line (60%). They out-rebounded BC 41-34, and finished with a 13:9 assist-to-turnover ratio. Cliff Tucker played less than 1 minute in the game.

Boston College was lead by 16 points from Rakim Sanders, 12 from Josh Southern. Joe Trapani had 10 points and a team high 9 rebounds; Tyrese Rice had 10 points and a team high 6 assists; Reggie Jackson had 10 points. The Eagles finished with a 7:5 assist-to-turnover ratio. They shot 26-54 from the field (48.1%); 6-12 from long distance (50%); and 18-24 from the free throw line (75%).

9:24-Gary says “we’re not there in the 2nd half”; and think the Terps “should have been up 20″ at the half instead of 11. He seems a bit despondent in his postgame interview with Johnny Holliday and Chris Knoche. He can’t shrug these off anymore.

9:23-Rice hits both again; and Mosley gets a layup. Mosley reaches double digits with 10; Terps will let BC dribble this one out. 76-67 Eagles is the final. Maryland falls to 13-7 (2-4); BC improves to 16-6 (4-3). I’ll have to go talk to Gary; delaying my venture into the storm.

9:22-Bowie puts back a missed 3; he has 12. Vasquez fouls out as Rice heads to the line with 23 seconds to play. Moderate applause for the exiting Vasquez.

9:21-Rice hits both, BC by 11. Gary’s detractors will be out in full force….

9:20-Trapani makes both; Greivis misses a wild 3 on the other end. 46.5 seconds to play; BC by 9, and Bowie misses a layup attempt. More boo birds. Vasquez fouls Rice.

9:19-Rice makes 1 of 2 again; BC by 7. Neal misses a 3; and the Terps are forced to foul Trapani on the rebound. Mass exodus and boo birds now.

9:16-Vasquez gets to the lane and finds the cutting Bowie; but the ball goes out of bounds off his hands. Rice breaks Maryland’s press; and they foul with 1:15 to play. Rice hits 1 of 2 at the line; then comes up with a steal as Maryland moves the ball ahead. Neal fouls Sanders; that puts BC in the double bonus; fans head to the exits and the weather with 1:07 to play.

9:15-Trapani slips underneath to the hoop for 2; he has 8. BC by 5. Terps call timeout with 1:33 to play and a CRUCIAL possession upcoming.

9:13-Great cut by Bowie; and he gets a hoop underneath. He has 10; Terps trail by 1. Sanders with the MASSIVE offensive rebound and putback; he leads the Eagles with 16. Hayes misses a 3 on the other end; BC with the ball and a 3 point lead; under 2 minutes.

9:12-Eagles do a GREAT job of getting it to Soutern at the hoop. Gregory fouls him; and he fortunately misses a VERY short jumper. Southern makes 1 of 2 at the line; 64-61 BC.

9:10-You almost saw it coming. Bowie misses both free throws (I would have guessed he misses one). Mosley grabs a HUGE offensive rebound though; and is fouled by Southern, hitting the floor. Mosley stayed down for a minute before getting up; and shook it off to make both free throws. He has 8; BC by 2. Southern has 4 fouls.

9:09-Can’t really fault Vasquez for anything tonight. Like Drew Forrester often says; he appeared to be the only person who wanted to do anything in the 2nd half. He’ll still need to make big shots for Maryland to steal a victory back in this one.

9:07-Sanders with the STRONG inside finish; and Maryland now trails by 4; 63-59. Sanders has 14. Bowie is fouled by Rice going to the hoop; that’s Rice’s 4th personal and the team’s 8th. He will go to the free throw line for two HUGE shots after the final official timeout of regulaion. 63-59 BC.

9:05-Sanders to the hoop; draws the fould from Vasquez, makes both free throws. 59-56 BC. Greivis gets the hoop and will get a PLUS ONE attempt as he draws the foul from Reggie Jackson. Sanders has 12; Vasquez makes the free throw and has 18. We’re tied at 59 with 4:41 to play. BC breaks Maryland’s press for a transition hoop from Jackson; who has 10. Vasquez can’t find the handle on an outside jumper.

9:04-Dave Neal drives the lane; misses the layup. I wish I was keeping track of missed layups tonight…..

9:02-This game turned when BC starting getting more physical with Adrian Bowie; limiting his ability to drive the lane. The Terps stayed alive with some big shots from Vasquez and by forcing BC turnovers; but they need to have Bowie getting to the lane to make things happen. Bowie will be faced with that type of defense until teams feel the need to respect his shooting ability.

9:00-Vasquez with the ball fake; he finds Gregory inside for the dunk. Gregory has 6, Terps back up by 1. Rice with the teardrop in traffic; and BC is back up by 1. Rice has 9. 3rd official timeout of the half; 57-56 BC with 5:46 to play.

8:58-Hayes is too strong on the layup attempt; but Maryland forces a turnover on the other end. Vasquez takes on 3 defenders and can’t finish; a lot of sloppy, selfish play offensively; and another turnover leads to a jumper by Raji. Raji has 8; BC now leads 55-54. That’s BC’s first lead of the game; and Maryland has blown another 15+ point lead this month.

8:55-Mosley with the strong move; and switches hands for the layup. Raji gets the basket inside; and Gary will have to go back to Milbourne with 3 fouls. He goes to the scorer’s table.

Vasquez with the VERY nifty behind the back pass as the shot clock expired; but Dupree was blocked inside. Roche misses a 3; then Mosley turns the ball over after deciding against a jumper in the lane. Raji with another hoop; and he’ll go to the free throw line for the PLUS ONE attempt after being fouled by Mosley. He makes the attempt; and Maryland’s once 16 point lead is down to 1.

8:53-Terps are CLEARLY uncomfortable in the half-court game; preferring to be in transition mode. Mosley is fouled by Jackson attacking the basket; BC now has 5 team fouls as well.

Make it 6 as Vasquez is tripped by Jackson going to the hoop. Gregory back in for Neal.

8:51-Vasquez stripped inside; but Bowie with the big block on Rice as he attempted to drive to the hoop. Neal hits a jumper to extend Maryland’s lead to 6; but Dupree fouls Sanders inside, he’ll shoot 2. 5 team fouls with over 10 minutes to play; Sanders makes both. 52-48 Maryland.

8:49-Thanks to Rich for linking me to THIS story from The Sun’s Jeff Barker. Associate AD Katherine Worthington chimed in on Gary’s declaration yesterday that it ‘wasn’t (his) fault’ certain recruits were no longer part of the Maryland basketball program (like Gus Gilchrist and Tyree Evans). Check the story out when you get the chance.

8:48-Great defense by Mosley; but Southern puts a move on Dupree to get to the hoop. BC has Maryland’s lead whittled down to 4 at 50-46; but Maryland is bailed out as Mosley draws an offensive foul from Southern after a rebound. 2nd official timeout; 11:52 to play in the game.

8:47-Hayes’ shooting struggles continue; as he uncharacteristically misses his first free throw attempt. He makes the 2nd; and the lead is 50-44. Bowie back in for Hayes.

8:45-Eagles get another hoop from Jackon; and he makes the PLUS ONE attempt after being fouled by Mosley. That’s Maryland’s 4th team foul of the half early on; and their lead is down to 5. Braxton Dupree with a BIG rebound on the defensive end after Sanders misses a 3; and he’s fouled by Southern.

Terps struggling to find a 2nd option behind Vasquez with Milbourne and Bowie both on the bench. Mosley needs to step up. Hayes fouled in the lane; but he’s too strong on his shot attempt. He’ll shoot 2.

8:43-Southern makes 1 of 2 at the free throw line; cutting Maryland’s lead to 7. Vasquez responds with a BIG 3 on the other end; he now leads all scorers with 15. Jackson gets the friendly roll to cut Maryland’s lead back down to 49-41. Bowie called for his 2nd personal away from the ball.

8:41-Mike T in the house……..and I have NO IDEA if Maryland will hang on. Rich-checking my email now.

8:39-Milbourne missed a chip shot; but tough D eventually leads to a hoop from Vasquez. 46-38 as we hit the first official timeout of the half; but Milbourne now has 3 personal fouls.

8:37-Hoop by Southern; but a hoop from Vasquez finally stops the run. Sanders is called for an offensive foul. Maryland gets it back leading by 8; but Corey Raji gets a dunk off a turnover. The 16 point lead before the half is down to 6….

8:34-A 2 by Sanders and a hoop from Southern get the Eagles within 8; Gary calls a timeout to try to stop BC’s mini run. 42-34 with 17:40 to play.

8:32-Greivis can’t get the three to start the 2nd half; and Milbourne draws the over the top foul; his 2nd. Unselfish play around the hoop the next time down leads to a thunderous putback dunk by Milbourne; he has 14. Terps by 13.

8:23-The most troubling number from the first half is BC’s 5-8 shooting from outside. The Terps have 2 longballs from Greivis; but everyone who doesn’t wear #21 is 0-5 from outside. The Eagles have four different shooters who have connected from outside as part of that 5-8 number.

The Terps are out-rebounding the Eagles 23-13; and have an assist-to-turnover ration of 2:1; compared to BC’s 5:6. The Terps have a 26-12 advantage in the paint; 11-4 off turnovers, 6-0 2nd chance, and 8-0 fast break. BC’s bench has outscored Maryland 12-8 however. The Eagles are 2-4 from the free throw line; the Terps are 2-3.

Milbourne leads the Terps with 12 points; Vasquez and Bowie have 8 each. No BC scorer has more than Joe Trapani’s 6.

8:13-Neal misses the front end of the 1 and 1; 5 second differential between shot clock and game clock.

Paris gives the Eagles a HUGE lift; as he hits an ugly desperation 3 as the shot clock expires. He has 5; and the Eagles will face a 40-29 deficit as we hit the half.

I’ll be back shortly with analysis.

8:12-Milbourne pops another jumper; he has 14. Eagles try to get an alley-oop the other way; but they throw the ball off the backboard. 40-27 Maryland as Dave Neal heads to the free throw line battling for a rebound. Cliff Tucker finally enters.

8:10-Dave Neal can do little against Josh Southern; and he gets a hoop to cut the lead to 38-26. Gary calls his first timeout of the game.

Rich-the roads weren’t particularly bad; but traffic was definitely slow getting down here.

Thyrl-Gregory and Milbourne have been a good combination down low on both ends.

8:09-Good ball movement by BC gets Sanders a hoop. He has 5 for the game. Terps turn it over next time down.

8:07-Interesting receptions for Vasquez and Gary before the game. Vasquez’s reception started slowly; then it appeared as though a group of fans wanted to start an ovation to show support of the junior from Venezuela. That didn’t gain much steam; and there were a few boos mixed in. Gary’s reception was awesome as always.

Great 5-0 run for the Terps here. Vasquez knocks down a 3 from the corner; he has 8, and does a little hot-dogging afterwards. Then, Mosley gets the ball in transition; and takes it to the hoop for the easy 2. Al Skinner takes a timeout with Maryland’s lead ballooning to 38-22.

8:05-Eagles turn the ball over once more; and we hit the final official timeout of the half with Maryland maintaining their 11 point lead; 33-22. 3:47 to play.

No sign of Braxton Dupree or Cliff Tucker thus yet; clearly this staff has no faith in Tucker particularly, as his minutes have constantly been in decline.

8:03-Tyler Roche into the game; he knocks down a 3. Vasquez misses a floater completely; but a Milbourne block gets Maryland going in transition; and Mosley comes up with the layup. 33-22 Terps. Bowie draws his first foul; team’s 6th.

8:02-Paris draws the player controlled foul; that’s BC’s 7th; Terps will enter the single bonus going forward. Vasquez with the underhanded floater from the lane; he has 5 and Maryland leads 31-19. Gregory exits for Neal to a NICE reception from the fans after Hayes picks up Maryland’s 5th team foul of the half.

7:59-The last BC foul was on Rice; his 2nd personal. Gregory tries to go up against 3 defenders; but his shot sails wide. Gregory draws his first foul the next time down on an entering Courtney Dunn; who sinks one of 2 at the line. 27-19 Maryland.

Bowie with the VERY difficult drive and kick; but again Hayes can’t find the handle on a 3. Milbourne gets 2 rebounds with no luck before Rice eventually fouls Bowie in the battle for the rebound. That’s Rice’s 3rd personal foul; he has to sit.

A GREAT ball fake by Gregory gets him to the hoop; and he scores on his second chance. 29-19 Maryland.

7:57-Rich, I actually think Gregory has done a nice job of battling thus far. Someone clearly got in his ear and said “if you get the ball inside, you get to the basket no matter what.” He has been active defensively as well. I like what I’ve seen.

7:55-Reggie Jackson slips outside uncovered and knocks down a 3. BC gets a bit more physical with Bowie as he tries to drive; and Hayes eventually gets the layup after he is able to penetrate. BC gets called for an offensive foul as we hit the 3rd official timeout of the half. 27-18 Maryland, 7:16 to play.

7:53-Greivis back into the game for Mosley; he makes a nice drive and pitch to Hayes; but Hayes misses the look from 3. Dino Gregory giving solid minutes thus far; and may have come up with a piece of the last drive from the Eagles. Hayes with another nice drive and pitch; but Neal misses from outside this time. An animated voice from the crowd yells “follow your shot Dave!”

Vasquez fould Sanders the next time down as Sanders attacks the hoop; Sanders makes the first, misses the 2nd. Milbourne back in for Neal.

7:52-Hayes with a block; then nifty footwork from Mosley to get out of trouble. Neal feeds Gregory inside; who goes under the hoop to reverse his layup for 2. 25-14 Terps.

7:49-Terps have a strange inside-outside game going right now. Instead of dumping inside and letting a big man find the open shooter on rotation; the Terps are effectively using dribble penetration by Bowie to get to the basket OR find their power forward (Landon Milbourne) when he slips out for jumpers. I’ve said before that this team MUST attack the basket for a possession to be successful; and they’re doing it with great success thus far. 10 for Milbourne, 8 for Bowie.

7:47-Reggie Jackson into the game for the Eagles, no relation (that I know of). Paris and Bowie trade baskets; then Trapani knocks down another 3 before Milbourne knocks down another mid-range jumper. Milbourne called for the blocking foul; and we hit the 2nd official timeout with Maryland leading 23-14. 10:49 to play.

7:44-Trapani’s shot could be a difference maker; but his 3 is matched by a 3 from Greivis (Vasquez’s first hoop of the game); and Maryland’s lead is 15-9. Hayes back into the game for Bowie; Mosley passed up an open look from outside on the previous possession.

BC is struggling to hold on to rebounds on the offensive end; which can ONLY help the Terps.

Landon Milbourne knocks down a mid-range jumper; then Paris fouls Mosley after a steal; BC’s 4th team foul. Bowie again to the lane for a layup; he has 6 (Milbourne has 8); Terps 19-9.

7:42-Terps go to their press to force a turnover on the inbounds; and Milbourne goes to his left for the scoop reverse layup. 10-6 Maryland; Biko Paris checks in after BC loses the ball out of bounds going for a rebound. Raji fouls Milbourne; who is true on both attempts from the line. 12-6 Terps. Dino Gregory checks in.

7:38-A pull-up jumper from Rice at the top of the key gets the Eagles within 2; then Sanders drives for a shot in the lane to tie things up.

Bowie missed a 3 in there; again his shot came off his hands flat. He has to get better arch on his shots; as Maryland needs him to be a threat from outside to improve his ability to drive and reach the free throw line.

Milbourne with a muscular rebound and putback to make things 8-6; then Vasquez comes up with the nice block on Southern. Vasquez draws a travel; Sean Mosley will check in, and we’ll hit our first official timeout. 8-6 Maryland; 14:42 to play.

7:36-A pretty pass from Rice to Southern gets BC on the scoreboard; 6-2 Terps.

Rakim Sanders is wearing number 33 tonight instead of his usual number 15; can anyone watching the game at home explain this to me?

Tonight’s game is on ESPN2; Mike Patrick and Len Elmore have the call.

7:34-It took two tries, but the Eagles won the opening tip; they tried to go inside early; but the Terps forced Josh Southern under the basket with nice interior defense.

A flurry of misses finally came to an end when Bowie put back a Vasquez miss off a soft jumper; he drew a foul from Rice on what would have been a breakaway. Vasquez found Neal for another hoop; then Bowie drove the floor for a layup; and Maryland has a 6-0 lead.

7:29-Al Skinner’s Eagles start 4 sophomores and 1 senior. The senior is 2 guard Tyrese Rice; with Rakim Sanders handling the point. The forwards are Corey Raji and Joe Trapani; Josh Southern starts in the middle. The Eagles are 15-6 (3-3 in conference play); and are coming off back to back wins over Georgia Tech and NC State.

Gary Williams makes no changes in his lineup; starting Dave Neal, Landon Milbourne, Greivis Vasquez, Adrian Bowie, and Eric Hayes. The Terps are 13-6 (2-3) ACC; and are coming off a 41 point loss to Duke.

If you missed the earlier news; Jin Soo Kim will miss tonight’s game as he appeals a ruling that he is academically ineligible for the semester.

7:26-A less than capacity crowd so far tonight at Comcast Center in College Park; however it wouldn’t be fair to say it is due to Saturday’s 41 point loss; as clearly the weather has kept a few people from making the trek. With students back on campus; I do expect the wall in the the student section to ultimately fill up; a nice change from the past few weeks while the school has been on Break.

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Another Blow For Terps, Gary: Kim Academically Ineligible

Posted on 27 January 2009 by Glenn Clark

I’ll be starting my live blog soon; but this press release from the University of Maryland is worth noting for its news value. Maryland freshman forward Jin Soo Kim has been ruled academically ineligible for the spring semester (the semester began yesterday here in College Park).

Kim has appealed the suspension; but will not be eligible to play until a resolution is reached. He is sitting on the bench tonight in a suit and tie.

If you’ll remember, Kim was not cleared to join the team until after practice had already begun; just days before Maryland’s exhibition opener. He joined the team a season earlier than he was originally committed for; as Maryland had a scholarship open up. The school noted in the release that “Kim is enrolled in a university program to students for whom English is a second language.”

The last player to be declared academically ineligible for a semester was Chris McCray during the spring of his senior season. At the time, Gary said the event was the first time something of that nature had happened to him in his career.

As I’ve jokingly quipped to a few people in the media area; Gary needed some good news……

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Terps Humbled During Worst Defeat in Williams Era; 85-44 at Duke

Posted on 24 January 2009 by Glenn Clark

He’s been criticized by many, and loved by many others. He’s had highs and lows during his time in College Park; and some fans will likely want to have nothing to do with after today’s game. He’s been one of the most polarizing figures that this Athletic Department has ever seen; and this might officially be a point of no return for him.

I’m not talking about Gary Williams. He will survive Maryland’s 85-44 loss to Duke today; and will have the chance to try to turn things around and still salvage something from Maryland’s season. It will be a difficult task for him; but he won’t be fired tomorrow just because the Terps suffered their worst defeat during his time at his alma mater; in a game where they also scored the fewest points of any team during Gary’s time as Head Coach. He’s going to be back; no matter what.

And Greivis Vasquez will be back on the floor Tuesday night; despite playing a particularly small 28 minutes in today’s game. But he’s officially reached might well be the point of no return as of today.

Greivis has struggled mightily in recent games; and today’s output was no different. He was 2-10 from the field, 0-2 from beyond the arc; didn’t reach the free throw line; had just one rebound, 1 assist, and 4 points. He also committed 4 turnovers in the loss.

But Greivis’ performance is particularly disappointing considering the way he boasted “that’s my house” about Cameron Indoor Stadium this week. Greivis is coming off some difficult weeks as a Terp; during which he mouthed off to the fans at Comcast Center during a win over Georgia Tech. Gary has been forced to pull him aside and discuss his antics; and Gary publically lashed out at him again today after I asked about Vasquez’s emotions.

But Greivis can turn everything around starting TODAY with one simple concept.

Humility.

Today is the day that Greivis Vasquez can re-write his own personal history as a Maryland Terrapin. Today is the day that Greivis Vasquez can go from “polarizing figure whose potential was greater than his ability” to “gritty leader who learned determinition through adversity.”

It’s his choice.

Little can be more humbling than a 41 point defeat at the hands of a team you relish playing against. Little can be more humbling than having thousands of opposing fans mock and laugh at you while you struggle to try to add ANYTHING positive to a miserable, blowout defeat.

But no one is going to force Greivis to be humbled by the occassion. He’s going to have to choose to do that on his own.

In 2001, Maryland lost a Valentine’s Day home game to a lowly Florida State Seminoles team at Cole Field House. It was a humbling experience for the Terps; coming on the Heels of a hubling defeat to Duke in the final :54 seconds of a home game the night before Super Bowl XXV. But from that humility, a team bonded; recognized their need to do things differently, and went on to the first Final Four appearance in school history.

This team isn’t going to the Final Four; but a little humility could go a long way in giving them a chance to make a run at the NCAA Tournament.

Muhammad Ali was so good that he could make boastful statements no matter the situation. Greivis Vasquez is not.

This isn’t the time for Greivis to lose his intensity or edge on the floor; but it is certainly time for him to recognize that running his mouth has not made this team any better thus far.

The word of the day is humility.

That’s it for me tonight. Talk to you tomorrow with a 15-7-0.

-G

2:36-Gary opened his post-game press conference by saying “I hope the rest of your day is better than my last 2 hours.” That is probably an understatement.

Gary seemed to think there was a possibility that something like this might happen today. He said the team “didn’t come in with the intensity” necessary to win at Duke; and the Terps “didn’t do a good job…..of matching (Duke’s) intensity.” He added that a blowout loss “can happen (at Cameron Indoor Stadium) probably quicker than any other place in the country.” He added that “Duke looked more athletic in terms of 1 on 1 situations”; which he thought had a lot to do with emotion. He added that Maryland “paid for” not bringing enough emotion “to the table.”

As with many of the bad losses during his tenure at Maryland; Gary said he wouldn’t dwell on this one. “Part of being a coach is getting embarrassed and being able to come back” according to the coach. Gary says it “doesn’t bother (him) that (the team) lost by 40″ as “it still counts as one loss.” He went on to say that the Terps were 2-3 in the ACC with two home games coming up, and they needed to be ready to play Tuesday night. He went on to add that the loss was only “one game.”

Gary didn’t seem to appreciate Greivis Vasquez’s comments to the media earlier this week, saying he could “think of something better to say than ‘That’s my house’ when” coming into Cameron Indoor Stadium. Williams believes his star player is contrite regarding the comments, having added “he knows that he shouldn’t have said what he said” and “I don’t think that would happen again.” Gary thinks that the timing of the comments had to do with the excitement of Maryland’s win over Virginia. He said he didn’t “think Duke needed Greivis’ comments to get ready to play” though. Gary went on to say that Vasquez has “really gotta concentrate on his game.”

2:30-Landon Milbourne lead the Terps with 19 points, no other Maryland player scored more than 5. Bowie, Milbourne, and Mosley all had 5 rebounds apiece in the loss to lead the team. The Terps finished the game with a 10:17 assist to turnover ratio; came up with 6 blocks, and added 5 steals. They shot 18-64 from the field (28.1%); 2-12 from beyond the arc (16.7%), and 6-12 from the free throw line (50%).

The Blue Devils were lead by Gerald Henderson with 17; Jon Scheyer added 12, Kyle Singler 11, Brian Zoubek and Elliot Williams 9 each, Nolan Smith 8, Greg Paulus and Lance Thomas both 7. Remember when you asked me what the definition of balance was? Zoubek had a game0high 9 rebounds; Henderson had 8, Singler 7. The team had an assist to turnover ratio of 23:10; adding 12 blocks and 11 steals. They shot 31-73 from the field (42.5%), 12-25 from beyond the arc (48%); and 11-19 from the free throw line (57.9%). Duke’s bench outscored Maryland’s 28-11. The Devils out-rebounded the Terps 56-38.

1:53-Confirm that. Elliot Williams with a 3. The final will be 85-44. Worst loss in the Gary Williams era; fewest points scored in the Gary Williams era. “Devil With A Blue Dress On” plays to celebrate. I’ll be back shortly.

1:51-Goins called for the offensive foul with 1 and a half to play. Terps need to shave 3 points off the lead to avoid matching the worst defeat in the Gary era; they need to score 4 to avoid matching the fewest total points in the Gary era. I doubt they do either.

1:49-Goins with one of two from the line and a layup from Tucker; and Duke’s lead is 82-44. Duke fans chant “Nuestra Casa” towards Vasquez; which of course means “Our house” in Spanish. The fact that they write their chants on a white board certainly takes away from the creativity.

1:47-Dupree with one of two at the free throw line; Steve Goins is going to check into this one. Haven’t seen Greivis since the intentional foul; and I doubt we will. Steve Johnson is going to enter the game for Duke; to the delight of the Duke crowd that has chanted the humorous “Insert Johnson” line for the last few minutes. Gary puts David Pearman in since someone has to play……

1:44-Mercifully we reach the final official timeout of the game with 3:50 to play. We reached it of course because we HAD to; not because anyone actually wanted to see time stop again in this one.

1:42-Elliot Williams fouled HARD by Bowie attacking the basket. He rattles home the first free throw and misses the 2nd. Milbourne with 2 more on the other end; he has 19. How is that possible? 80-40 Duke.

1:38-Mosley 1-2 at the line; 74-34 Duke. Williams adds a jam for Duke to make the lead 42. Chants from the student section include “Inspiration” (while pointing at Coach K) “Perspiration” (While pointing at Gary).

Landon Milbourne with another hoop; he has 17. Players not named Landon Milbourne have a total 19 for the Terps. Martynas Pocius into the game for Duke; he misses a 3.

Braxton Dupree gets the ball inside; but again throws the ball wildly in the air instead of actually toward the basket.

Pocious adds a 3; Dupree gets a hoop but misses the PLUS ONE attempt. 79-38 Duke.

1:33-Milbourne hits another jumper; he has 15. Terps trail 71-31. Milbourne would be a complement to a team that was already well put together.

Coach K continues to empty his bench with 8 and a half to play; as Oleg Czyz checks in. I believe he was recruited to Duke because Coach K wanted someone else whose last name had a “Z-y-z” combination in it.

Bowie with a hoop; Paulus with a 3. 74-33 Duke as we hit the 3rd official timeout of the 2nd half; an ungodly long 7:15 to play.

Patrick Stevens from the Washington Times confirms that the fewest points ever scored by a Maryland team in the Gary Williams era was 47; in a 1995 loss to UMass in the event now known as the BB&T Classic. The Terps have 7:15 to score 15 points if they don’t want to make more bad history….

1:30-Elliot Williams made 1 of 2 free throws; then an entering Jin Soo Kim airballed a 3 point attempt from the corner. 9:34 to play; Devils lead 71-29.

1:27-Touching moment before the game; as the teams held a moment of silence to honor NC State women’s coach Kay Yow; who lost her courageous fight with breast cancer this morning. Yow is the sister of Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow.

1:25-Paulus adds the floater; then Vasquez picks up an intentional foul as Duke tried to make things worse. Can it get worse? This is historic. Official timeout. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just keep the clock running; like in soccer?

1:24-Two more from Henderson matched by two from Milbourne. Mosley knocks down his first three and the lead is under 40! Small victories, people.

1:22-Dino Gregory hits one of two at the free throw line; and the lead is cut to 42. Without “Stat”rick Stevens nearby I’m struggling to be absolutely certain of this; but nearby researchers believe Gary’s worst ever defeat as Maryland Head Coach is 36 points at the hands of North Carolina in 1993. This could be much worse.

1:19-David McClure with the long 2; the lead is 43. This is starting to resemble that 100-0 Texas High School game a week or two ago. Maybe Duke will forfeit later? Coach K will have his Devils slow things down; and he might as well. No need to see anyone get hurt…..

Miles Plumlee into the game for the Devils. I haven’t heard of him either…….

1:17-Milbourne with the reverse layup and adds the PLUS ONE attempt. Duke fans begin an “N-I-T” chant before getting another 3. Henderson adds the steal; he hits one of two to give Duke their biggest lead of the game at 41. Why not? Cliff Tucker into the game.

1:15-The “not our rivals” chant begins a bit early this time. Henderson was fouled on the layup; he will attempt a free throw after the official timeout. He misses the free throw; but the Terps can’t corral the rebound and the ball goes out of bounds. Wow.

1:12-Vasquez frustrated after thinking he was fouled; Duke throws an alley-oop to Singler; then runs a Harlem Globetrotters-like offense in getting a layup that has this crowd going absolutely INSANE. Duke’s lead is an UNREAL 40 points; and this is a VERY low moment in Maryland basketball history.

1:10-Nolan Smith adds another 3; and Maryland trails 53-20. I’m looking for something positive to say; but instead I’ll add that Henderson just drilled another 3 to make Duke’s lead 36. They’re outscored Maryland 16-5 in the first 3:51 of the 2nd half. Gary calls another timeout. I don’t think we have to worry about him wishing he had them in the final minute of the game……

1:07-Terps work it inside to Milbourne for 2; but Zoubek cleans up his own miss on the other end. Bowie attempted to penetrate again; but was met by Zoubek. Hayes wildly threw something up on the other end; I THINK it was meant to be a shot. Henderson with the jumper, and the Terps trail by 30.

1:04-It took nearly 21 minutes; but the Terps will FINALLY attempt a free throw. Bowie does what he wanted to do at the start of the game; driving to the basket. He was blocked once; but managed to draw a foul. He hit just one of two free throws however. Scheyer knocks down a 3 at the other end; and Hayes responds with a layup. Zoubek with an almost effortless offensive rebound; and Nolan Smith nails another 3. Duke opens the lead up to 28 with 18L55 to play; and Gary calls another timeout.

1:03-Is there a rule that says we have to play the 2nd half? This is normally when goofy things start happening in blowout games…….

12:53-Want the numnbers? I’m not sure you can handle the numbers!

The Terps had only three scorers in the first half; Landon Milbourne with 6, Dave Neal with 5, and Greivis Vasquez with 4. The Devils were lead by 9 apiece from Singler and Henderson; Zoubek added 7, Scheyer 6, and Lance Thomas 5.

The Terps were out-rebounded 27-12 in the first half; and their assist to turnover margin was……well…….2:12. That’s not good. Duke has turned the ball over just 6 times in comparison.

The Terps have yet to attempt a free throw; which makes it very difficult to prove that they are amongst the best free throw shooting teams in the country. Duke is 8-10 at the stripe on their end. Maryland is 7-25 from the field (28%); 1-7 from beyond the arc (14.3%). Duke is 14-35 from the field (40%); 4-10 from 3 point range (also 40%).

Maybe Maryland should stay in the locker room……

12:50-Rich, I’d love to respond to something; but there’s nothing for me to respond to. Duke has absolutely outplayed Maryland in all aspects of the game; and this is pretty similar to the Georgetown and Gonzaga games; except worse. The Terps are proving to just not be a good team; and they have absolutely no answer when things aren’t going well. This is absolutely brutal to watch; just be glad you didn’t drive to North Carolina to watch it.

12:47-Duke can’t add anything; and Sean Mosley can’t find the handle on a 3 to end the half. Duke takes a ridiculous 40-15 lead to the half; and I imagine we might see some Jin Soo Kim in the 2nd half.

12:45-Hayes with a miss; Terps one and done again. Duke takes timeout; hopefully considering showing Maryland some mercy. 39.4 to play; there’s an 8 second differential between the shot clock and the game clock. Like it matters……

12:44-Henderson with the 3; then forces Vasquez to turn the ball over. Duke is having a lot of fun right now. Henderson has 9; Smith fouled on the other end; he connects on both attempts at the line; and Duke leads 40-15. Wow.

12:43-For what it’s worth; Duke enjoys a 24-6 rebounding advantage over the Terps. But you probably already knew that…..

12:41-Scheyer takes a fall and Milbourne makes him pay; hitting a jumper to get Maryland within 18. Thomas with the layup on the other end; then Hayes called for a travel. 35-15 Duke. Milbourne has 6.

12:39-Zoubek makes one of two at the line; and Duke extends their lead to 33-13. Vaseuez drives and is fouled by Zoubek. The beat goes on…..

12:36-Duke misses two more shots; Duke gets two more offensive rebounds. Zoubek gets fouled; we head to the final official timeout of the half with Maryland still trailing by 19. 3:48 to play in the half; and Gary doesn’t have an answer for this bloodbath.

12:35-Greivis penetrates and finds Neal open for a look outside; but it won’t fall. Terps one and done again; while Duke adds 3 more. Neal with a hoop to put a band-aid on things; but Henderson adds another outside; and the Terps turn the ball over again. 32-13 Duke; and the Terps do not appear to belong on the same floor.

12:32-Vasquez finds himself wide open for a 3 and misses badly. Adrian Bowie had the rebound in his hand but lost it. Milbourne blocks Singler the next time down; but Singler gets the ball back and draws a foul from Milbourne. Singler knocks down both free throws; he has 6. Gary takes another timeout with his team trailing by 16 and unable to get anything going on either end. 5:41 to play in the half.

12:31-Bowie gets Maryland’s first good look at a jumper in some time; but can’t connect. Singler is fouled again inside fighting for a rebound; he makes both to extend Duke’s lead to 25-11. Duke’s ability to maintain defensive focus and pressure is incredible.

12:29-Elliot Williams called for the foul trying to pressure Dave Neal. That call probably wouldn’t go against Singler or Henderson. Singler draws a foul inside; and Maryland is reeling…..

12:27-The Terps are REALLY paying for not having an inside option today. As Duke continues to force them outside; Maryland has no answer to pound the ball back inside. The defensive end is no better; as Brian Zoubek has absolutely had his way with Maryland’s defenders inside. Jordan Williams and James Padgett are coming; but they can’t get here quickly enough…..

12:26-Singler with the airball on a 3 point attempt; and we hit the 3rd official timeout of the half with the Terps trailing 23-11.

Duke fans begin chanting “crazy towel guy”; and a man in the stands bounces up to wave a white towel. Okay……

12:24-Kyle Singler with the strip and finish; 23-11 Duke. With Duke’s defensive pressure; the Terps are being forced farther and farther away from the hoop. Vasquez tries to drive the baseline; but steps out of bounds in the process.

12:22-Duke is absolutely SUFFOCATING Maryland defensively; allowing them NO space to run plays. Dino Gregory into the game; screaming something rather unpleasant at Gerald Henderson as he attempted to inbound the ball.

Duke comes up with another big offensive rebound; but a traveling call ends the possession. Terps are lucky to be within ten right now.

12:20-Milbourne with the curl for the baby hook; he matches Vasquez with a team high 4. Henderson with the hoop on the other end; and Duke’s lead is back to ten at 21-11. Hayes misses a wild layup; ad Scheyer is called for an offensive foul driving to the hoop.

12:19-I’ll save my thoughts on the Duke cheerleaders. Probably wouldn’t go over well right now.

12:17-Terps CONTINUE to be killed by Brian Zoubek inside; and this offensive rebound leads to a long 2 for Greg Paulus. Vasquez draws a foul the next time down; and we hit the 2nd official timeout with Duke leading 19-9 and 10:42 to play in the half.

12:16-David McClure into the game for Duke; and Landon Milbourne misses a long jumper for the Terps. Lance Thomas knocks one down on the other end; 17-9 Duke. Milbourne is going to get chances for those long jumpers; and he will have to find that range.

12:14-Terps come up with a rebound off a BAD miss of a long 3 by Vasquez, and Milbourne hits a jumper. On the other end; Zoubek LEVELS Neal before hitting a bucket. Vasquez responds by driving the baseline for 2. Zoubek has 6; Duke leads 15-9. Braxton Dupree checks in for Maryland; as Gary badly needs size underneath.

12:12-Sean Mosley heads to the scorer’s table; Greivis Vasquez takes on 4 defenders but scores to make things 12-5; ending a 10-0 run the Terps had going. Neal fouls Lance Thomas; who makes the first of two free throws. Zoubek draws a foul fighting for the rebound on the 2nd attempt.

12:10-During the timeout; a number of members of the Duke band ran onto the floor; laid down, and helped their mascot “surf” across the gym floor. These are the types of things that look stupid to opposing fans; but their own students just eat up. Again, I worry that they don’t think much about why they have particular traditions here; just caring more than the traditions carry on.

12:09-The Devils are not particularly athletic; but their size makes up for that. The Terps cannot afford to throw lazy passes; as the Devils will step in and quickly close the lanes that appear to exist. We hit the first official timeout with 15:35 to play; and the Devils lead 12-3.

12:07-Terps are REALLY finding it difficult to run sets against Duke’s disciplined defense. Hayes turns the ball over here; and fouls Scheyer before he could have an easy run to the opposing hoop.

Scheyer misses an easy layup; but Zoubek is there to clean it up. With nothing going right; the Terps absolutely NEED Greivis. 12-3 Duke.

12:05-Bowie again to the hoop; this time blocked by Zoubek. Henderson slips in on the other end for a layup; and Gary Williams needs a timeout with his team facing a 10-3 deficit just 2 and a half minutes into the game. Not the start they were hoping for……

12:04-Adrian Bowie gets back into his “attack the basket” mode; but it costs him a player controlled foul early on. He has to stick with that though for the Terps to stay in this early….

12:03-Henderson uses a jump step to draw defenders inside; then Scheyer knocks down a 3 off the feed. Scheyer gets another 3 the next time down after a Hayes miss; and it’s 8-3 Duke early.

12:02-Devils start out immediately going inside to Zoubek to take advantage of his size over Neal; he banks it in. Neal responds with a 3; 3-2 Terps.

12:00-Brian Zoubek, Kyle Singler Nolan Smith, Gerald Henderon, and Jon Scheyer are Mike Krzyzewski’s starters; Maryland sticks with Dave Neal, Landon Milbourne, Greivis Vasquez, Adrian Bowie, and Eric Hayes.

11:59-In a very strange development; many of the fans in the student section and elsewhere in the arena participated in the “OH” during the national anthem. When I asked them why they did it; they admitted that they didn’t know. When I informed them that it was a Baltimore tradition; one even admitted to me that he wished fans would stop doing it.

11:55-I’m not sure I will be able to stand for the National Anthem…..

11:52-One of the best things about having the student section breathing down my neck is that they are seriously looking over my shoulder to read my blog. I pointed out their mistake on the cheer sheet regarding the Dave Neal thought; and they made sure to have fun with me every time I started to type a word and then chose to go with another one. This could be an interesting day….

11:39-Thanks to my friend Patrick Stevens from the Washington Times; who brought me a copy of today’s “cheer sheet”; given out to students as they entered the game. If you think these kids take studying for school seriously; you have no idea how much they study their “cheer sheets.”

Amongst the notes given the students for how to cheer during today’s game are the following…….

“Gary Williams tends to sweat. A LOT. Make liberal use of ‘Sweat, Gary, Sweat!’ when he gets nervous. He doesn’t seem to think very highly of us Crazies either, sarcastically noting that, ‘They’re very smart down there. They figure Greivis (Vasquez) is from Venezuela, so that means he knows Spanish. It’s amazing.”

ALSO

“(Dave) Neal had to take the SAT numerous times just to meet the NCAA eligibility requirement, which was less than 800 on the old scale. Given his history of academic troubles, it’s no surprise that it was Neal’s ‘lifelong dream to be a Terrapin.’ He also weighs 263 pounds. That over 1/3 of his SAT scores.”

(Read that last sentence again. For someone who is making fun of someone else’s perceived inability to read and write; you would think they would know that when you’re trying to spell the word “that’s”, there is typically an apostrophe and a letter “s” at the end.)

And here’s one more……

“Vasquez: where do we even start? This week he said of Cameron Indoor, ‘That’s my house. I love going in there. It’s going to be fun.’ He must figure that it can’t be any worse than his home arena. In a home game against Georgia Tech, a portion of the student section booed Greivis whenever he missed a shot or made a mistake; his response was to repeatedly turn toward the hecklers – even once while dribbling the ball – put his finger to his lips to silence them and shout, ‘Shut the f*** up!’ How pleasant.”

-The students have certainly studied the sheets; as they have made sure to shout things like “Hey Neal, my verbal SAT score is higher than your TOTAL SAT score!” I wonder if they know that students at most schools don’t really think much about what their SAT score was…..

-Another gem I heard was “Hey Vasquez, we like you more than your own fans do!” Of course, when Greivis wouldn’t turn around; they proved they didn’t REALLY like Greivis that much…..

11:34-Well, I’m here. Live from Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham; where the Maryland Terrapins are set to battle the #2 Duke Blue Devils; who are poised to become the country’s new #1 team with a win over Maryland today.

I am sitting along press row; and I cannot begin to explain to you what the atmosphere is like. The Duke student section is ABSOLUTELY breathing down my neck. I’m on the back left side of the court from where you’ll be watching on TV-with Mike Patrick and Len Elmore calling the game for ESPN.

The Terps bring a 13-5 record (2-2 ACC) into the game, and are looking for their first true road victory of the season. The Blue Devils are 17-1 (4-0 ACC); with their only loss coming to Michigan-a team Maryland defeated earlier this season.

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 21 January 2009 by Glenn Clark

It will be bittersweet to see Rex Ryan introduced as Jets head coach today; but I am very happy for him. I understand the Ravens’ desire to promote from within; but if they choose to go that route; I would lean away from Vic Fangio. Fangio is not a “Ravens” guy, he’s a Harbaugh guy. I don’t mean he doesn’t BLEED purple; I mean he wasn’t brought up on the Ravens’ system. If you are choosing to keep hire within to try to maintain Rex’s system; it would be better to hire one of Rex’s guys.

Check out my blog from last night’s game for my thoughts on the Terps’ win over Virginia last night.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Drew Forrester grades Ravens’ offensive players

Alex Thomas says big days from Clayton, Rice amongst highlights of season for ’08 Ravens

Alex Thomas says Ngata’s INT, Reed’s INT return amongst highlights of season for ’08 Ravens

Vince Fiduccia grateful for season Ravens gave fans

Nestor Aparicio might honor O’s by calling show “No Access”

Casey Willett wonders where Ravens’ priorities should lie

Rex Snider ready for ’09 Ravens season to start

Jason Jubb would rather have Ravens in contention annually than win Super Bowl once

Glenn Clark says Terps ‘JUST needed win’ last night

Bob Haynie remembers Albert King’s dominance at North Carolina some 29 years ago

BJ Appel (named “Most Likely to be Dreamy” by his High School class) offers PR suggestions for Orioles

Ed Frankovic says Caps give it away at end of 3rd vs. Senators

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens think Ryan will be ‘missed’

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham says fans ‘appreciate’ ’08 Ravens

The Official Site’s Geoff Peckham reaches out to players for thoughts on Obama inauguration

The Sun’s Ken Murray wonders if Ravens will have any money available to ‘reward’ Leonhard

The Sun’s Matt Bracken cleans up after me

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder picks Mason as Offensive MVP

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue gives highest AFC Championship Game praise to D-Line, Linebackers

Aaron Wilson says FB Neal ‘wants to be back’

Washington Post’s Jason La Canfora and Jason Reid say Redskins should follow Ravens’ ‘blueprint’

Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran thinks Rex should tell Favre to stay away from Jets

DC Examiner’s Rick Snider thinks 52 needs to stay in Baltimore

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Newsome ‘has work cut out for him’ in offseason

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens will have ‘decent amount of cap room’

New York Post’s Steve Serby also thinks Rex should cut ties with Favre

Sporting News says Cowboys ‘reportedly covet’ 52

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The AP says Bowie, Milbourne each score 17 as Terps beat Virginia

The Official Site provides numerical evidence of win

The Official Site says Gary ‘proud’ of minutes from Gregory, Dupree, Kim while Neal hurt

The Official Site says Terps ‘never trailed’ in win over Virginia

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps NEARLY blow 17 point lead in win over Virginia

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Terps have best shooting game of season in win

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary thinks team’s intensity ‘matches his own’

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Terps get back to .500 in ACC play with win over ‘Hoos

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Hayes gets first career double double in win

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Gary thinks Terps have ‘demons’ stemming from Miami debacle

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says Terps stayed ‘aggressive’ in 2nd half to hold on to win

The Diamondback’s Mark Selig says Terps had 15 point halftime lead in win

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps break two game losing streak with win

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Neal’s return ‘lifts’ Terps

Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg offers visual evidence of Neal’s gash

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps attempted 24 free throws in win

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says boards, bench play were issues for Terps last night

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Neal nailed ‘critical’ 3 after returning

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Neal was cleared to return because he didn’t suffer concussion

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps were best with Hayes on floor last night

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Burney working out without boot

Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Jeff White says Jamil Tucker lead all scorers with 21 in loss

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps working on JuCo guard (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter checks in on prospect Antonio Barton (must subscribe)

Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says Neal received 15 stitches before returning last night

Terp Center’s Seth Hoffman says ‘shades of (Miami) meltdown’ were seen in 2nd half before Terps won

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says commit Drakeford will graduate early, join Terps for Spring practice

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps season for commit Dexter McDougle

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says DHB ‘least productive’ of top receiver Draft prospects

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says coaches expected more from ’08 O-Line

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s trip to James Madison

The Official Site offers complete Tigers-Dukes release (pdf)

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s tilt with Holy Cross

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Bears want to get better at ‘putting teams away’

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Sun says assistant Alonzo Lee takes head coaching position at North Carolina A&T

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds agree to deal with Scott to avoid arbitration

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds, Scott agree to 1 year deal worth $2.4 million

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds’ plans remain ‘steady’ despite making moves

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds could hold Spring Training in Fort Myers when Red Sox move out

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Birds designate Oscar Salazar for assignment to make room for Zaun

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck thinks Scott will get more at bats now being full time DH

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck lists Orioles on international WBC rosters

Washington Post’s Dave Sheinin says Markakis probably got ‘excellent deal’

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Sam Murray from St. Paul’s Girls Basketball team. She scored 18 points last night in a win over St. Mary’s; and St. Paul’s is now 19-0 on the season despite playing without 3 of their starters.

-JMU 65, Towson 60. This was a BRUTAL game at the Towson Center; and might not be much better in Harrisonburg; except I don’t think the Tigers can make a miracle run at the end.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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Terps Hold Off Furious Comeback by Virginia for 84-78 Win

Posted on 20 January 2009 by Glenn Clark

Sometimes a team JUST needs a win.

That was certainly the case tonight; as the Terps had dropped 3 of their last 4 in stunning, heartbreaking fashion. This team BADLY needed to have some positive feelings coming out of a game; and they played a NEARLY complete 40 minutes tonight to beat Virginia 84-78.

There were good things: like Adrian Bowie’s tenacity in going to the hole in the first half; and Landon Milbourne’s will to finish in the 2nd half.
There were bad things; like Dino Gregory and Adrian Bowie’s foul trouble; Braxton Dupree’s inside misses, and Greivis Vasquez’s insistence on taking jumpers to try to answer shots on the Cavalier end.

But in the end; the Terps got a win; and a win they badly needed.

Moving forward; they MUST correct things on both ends. They CANNOT go away from taking the ball to the hoop. When teams put together runs; a 3 point play is just as damaging to an opposing team’s psyche as a 3 point shot.

They also cannot continue to allow teams to get open looks from outside in the 2nd half. Good teams hit shots late in games. Duke will certainly not gift the Terps any oustide misses at Cameron Indoor on Saturday afternoon.

But sometimes, getting a win is the most important thing. After the two weeks this team has suffered through; that was likely the case tonight. They got the win; now they can go back to working on becoming a better team.

It all starts with moving towards the basket!

Talk to you in the morning.

-G

10:25-Virginia’s big scoring came off the bench; with Jamil Tucker scoring 21 and Calvin Baker adding 16. Mike Scott finished the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds; Sylven Landesberg had just 7 points, but added 11 boards. Mamadi Diane added 9 points. The Cavs shot 27-59 from the field (45.8%); 6-20 beyond the arc (30%); and 18-22 from the free throw line (81.8%).

Johnny Holliday reports Dave Neal needed 15 stitches to close his facial cut. Wow.

Landon Milbourne and Adrian Bowie each had 17 points to lead the Terps; Milbourne chipped in a team high 5 rebounds. Greivis Vasquez added 16; Eric Hayes had 10 points and 11 assists; Dave Neal and Dino Gregory each added 8 points. The Terps shot 29-54 from the floor (a MUCH better 53.7%); 5-10 from beyond the arc (50%); and 21-24 at the free throw line (87.5%).

10:18-Gary says he’s “proud” of the minutes he got from Dupree, Gregory, and Kim while Neal was back in the locker room. He says the Terps ‘have a lot of demons’ stemming from the Miami debacle; and still have to work them out. He says the Terps have to ‘keep up their toughness and keep getting better.’

-Gary ‘left it up to Dave’ as far as whether or not Neal would return; and the senior thought he could give it a go.

-Gary says the difference between tonight and the Miami game was that the Terps ‘stayed aggressive’

-Gary says Dino needs to continue to ‘push himself’ every day

-Gary thought the Terps were ‘okay’ at getting to the free throw line; and wouldn’t comment about the officiating

-According to Gary, Dave Neal’s return ‘picked everybody up’, including himself. Neal had no concussion; and the only thing that could have happened when he returned would have been the cut opening deeper.

-Gary doesn’t want rebounding pressure to fall on Landon Milbourne.

-Gary says he’s ‘very superstitious’ about his team’s free throw shooting; and never feels too confident that his players will knock the shots down.

10:14-Rich;

You always take wins; even when they’re not pretty. They needed this one; and it wasn’t perfect; but it will give them an extra day to prepare for Duke. That will be a serious test for this Maryland team; as the Blue Devils are a VERY good shooting team; and the Terps have struggled with letting teams hit shots the last few times out.

10:09-Gary admits to the Terps making ‘mistakes’ at the end; but says they weren’t because the team ‘wasn’t trying.’ Also in his post-game radio interview with Johnny Holliday and Chris Knoche; he says the Terps will get a much needed day off tomorrow; their first in about a week. He reminds that the Terps can’t just ‘put it away’ when they have big leads at the half.

I’m not going to bother to go up and talk to Gary tonight; as that 5:00am alarm gets earlier and earlier every morning. Nothing pressing for me to ask about. I’ll watch the presser here on the jumbotron; and work to pass along final statistics as I get them.

10:06-Virginia gets another look at 3 but misses; and the rebound goes the entire length of the floor and out of bounds off the Cavs. Maryland has the ball with 14.9 to play, and Virginia backs off. Maryland dribbles out the clock; and finishes off an 84-78 win. Terps improve to 13-5 overall; 2-2 in ACC play. Cavs fall to 7-8 overall; 1-3 in ACC play.

10:05-Landesberg drives and misses; but Scott is there to put it back. Scott has 16; and Farrakhan fouls Vasquez with 28.7 to play. Vasquez makes both; he has 16. Maryland 84-78.

10:03-Solomon Tat into the game as the designated player with fouls to give; and Milbourne knocks down both free throws. He has 17 now to tie the team lead. Baker knocks down ANOTHER 3; he has 16; then Vasquez knocks down both free throws after being fouled by Tucker. Vasquez has 14; the Terps lead 82-76 as Gary calls his 4th timeout. They have to make Virginia’s 3 point efforts tougher; but the Cavs can actually still afford to look for 2.

10:01-Jamil Tucker refuses to give up; he drills a 3 to cut Maryland’s lead to 78-73 with 55.7 seconds to play. Tucker has 21; and Maryland will have to break the Cavs’ press coming out of a timeout.

10:00-Cavs go to the press with just over a minute to play; and Mike Scott ends up fouling Milbourne. That’s Scott’s 4th personal. Milbourne continues his stellar 2nd half; knocking down both to extend the lead to 78-70. He has 15 for the game after just 2 in the first half.

9:58-Baker works for the hoop; and he has 13. Next time down Milbourne gets the jumper from the top of the key to fall. he has 13 and Maryland’s lead is 9 again. Diane is called for the player controlled foul next time down; and Maryland gets the ball back. Hayes now has 10 points and 11 assists; his first career double-double as reported on the jumbotron.

Disaster off the foul though, as the Cavs get the steal; and Tucker gets the lay-up. He adds the PLUS ONE attempt; has 18 points; and Maryland lead is 76-70.

9:55-If Maryland wants to finish this; the solution is simple. Move the ball toward the hoop every time down. Do I sound like a broken record? They’re in the single bonus already; so they’ll be shooting free throws every time they’re fouled here on in. Jump shots are similar to turnovers……

…..unless Landon Milbourne can rebound a miss by Eric Hayes; and get a bucket amidst 3 defenders! 11 for Milbourne; Terps by 7. Cavs get 4 or 5 chances the other way; but can’t capitalize. Terps settle; and Hayes drives for the layup. He has 10, Terps by 9.

9:54-Duke ended up closing out NC State pretty well; getting a 70-56 victory at Cameron before welcoming the Terps on Saturday at noon.

9:53-Right on cue; Baker is called for a travel; and we’ll hit the final official timeout of regulation with Maryland clinging to a 5 point lead; 70-65 with 3:41 to play.

9:52-Milbourne knocks down both at the line; he has 9. Maryland’s lead is 70-65; they need a stop here.

9:51-When they need their senior; Dave Neal responds with a huge 3. He has 8; but Tucker gets a hoop for the Cavs to cut the lead back down to 3. Tucker has 15 for the Hoos. Terps hold on to the ball thanks to alternating possession; and Milbourne is fouled coming out of a scrum for the ball. That’s Mike Scott’s 3rd personal; and Virginia’s 7th team foul.

9:49-That will do it for Dino tonight; as he draws his 5th foul. He exits with 5:05 to play; it is Maryland’s 7th team foul in the 2nd half. He leaves with 8 points; Dave Neal re-enters; and Mike Scott goes to the line. Scott knocks down the first with a generous roll; and calmly nails the 2nd. He has 14, Maryland’s lead down to 65-63.

9:47-Bowie works to the lane; misses, but gets his rebound and puts it back. He has 17. Baker responds on the other end; lead is 4 again. Gregory misses a jumper the other way down; and Virginia can get within 1 or 2 here.

9:46-Pull up jumper from Diane falls; he has had a HUGE 2nd half with 7 points after scoring just two in the first half. Maryland calls their 3rd timeout with the lead down to 4; and Gary will be forced to put Gregory back on the floor with four fouls. The crowd has gotten eerily quiet in recent minutes.

9:44-Diane hits one of two at the line; and the lead is cut to 6. Vasquez is blocked trying to get a shot off on the other end, but Hayes draws a foul making a move to the lane. Terps get a new 35 second clock. Foul was on Sene; that’s his 4th personal. Bowie gets his first hoop in what seems like an eternity-he as 15; but Scott answers on the other end; he has 12.

9:42-Just got a Facebook message from the King of Baltimore Sports Talk-Bob Haynie-saying “they’re choking again.”

Does blowing 15+ point leads twice in the last 13 days make everyone think they’re not capable of holding one anymore? I just hope that number doesn’t turn into “thrice.”

9:40-Diane pulls up and knocks down a jumper; Vasquez answers with a floater in the lane. Vasquez has 12; Terps again by 7. Cavs get bailed out by a foul inside; and we hit the 3rd official timeout with 7:51 to play. 61-54 Maryland.

9:38-Jamil Tucker gets an open look from outside; drills it, and Maryland’s lead has dwindled to 3. Mosley hits a HUGE jumper with the bank open; and the lead is 57-52 again. Milbourne follows that by throwing down a THUNDEROUS jam; and Leitao needs his 3rd timeout. Huge swing there for Maryland to re-establish a 7 point advantage at 59-52. Jamil Tucker has 13; Milbourne has 7; Mosley has 4.

9:36-Dave Neal fouls Scott working to the hoop; Scott continues his solid night with two more at the line. Maryland’s lead is 55-49. Hayes finds Milbourne inside; but Landon dribbles out of bounds, and Maryland turns the ball over again. Gary is forced to send Bowie back on the floor with 3 fouls for Vasquez with just over 10 minutes to play.

9:35-Milbourne takes the nice feed to the basket for a hoop and a PLUS ONE. He has 5; Maryland’s lead is 8 at 55-47. Big 3 point play there for the Terps; who would like to re-establish a double digit advantage.

9:34-Boston College needed overtime to finish off an 80-76 win over Georgia Tech; while Duke is clinging to a 54-53 2nd half lead over NC State.

9:29-The Terps CANNOT afford selfish play from Vasquez right now. Even during his shooting struggles he was making nice feeds to open shooters. If Vasquez wants the offense in his hands; he has to be going to the basket and working for free throws; not shooting jumpers.

Bowie’s 2nd half struggles continue as he misses a tough layup inside; then fouls Mike Scott on the other end. That’s Bowie’s 3rd personal; and Scott makes both free throws. Scott has 8; Maryland’s lead is down to 52-47 at the 2nd official timeout of the half. 11:37 to play.

9:26-Nice cut by Mosley to get the layup off the feed from Neal; then Bowie takes the ball all the way to the hoop and misses the layup. The other way down; Landesberg gets his own layup. He has 7; Maryland leads 52-45, and Gary calls his 2nd timeout.

9:24-Tucker gets a 2nd chance hoop inside; he has 10-the lead is back to single digits. Vasquez misses another jumper; then Gregory draws his 4th personal foul as Scott worked inside. Dave Neal returns to a nice ovation as Gregory is forced back to the bench with 13:15 to play. Scott knocks down both free throws; Maryland’s lead down to 7 at 50-43.

9:22-Greivis throws the ball away trying to find Gregory inside; but Mosley comes up with the tie-up as Virginia worked in transition. Bowie gives the ball back to Vasquez as the Terps get their own transition look; Vasquez misses but draws the foul. COMPLETELY out of character; Vasquez misses the first free throw but hits the 2nd; he has 10. Maryland by 11.

9:20-Rich-

Traffic wasn’t a problem AT ALL coming down. I actually got here in 45 minutes from Rosedale. It was REMARKABLE. Gary has probably tried to coach the guys to not dunk hard because of so many misses off the iron. But that miss is inexcusable. Looks like Neal is going to at least try to return.

BJ-

If they don’t want to blow the lead; they need Bowie to start going back to the hoop.

9:17-Calvin Baker to the lane for a hoop; he has 9. Dupree misses a WIDE OPEN look inside; and the Cavs draw another foul in transition. 49-39 Terps as we hit the first official timeout with 15:36 to play.

9:15-With the shot clock winding down, Vasquez finds Hayes in the corner for an open look outside, but he airmails it. Sene gets an offensive rebound and hoop inside the other way down; and Maryland’s lead is back to ten at 47-37. Dupree draws a foul from Sene next time down; and the crowd explodes as Dave Neal returns to the bench with an ice bag on his forehead. Dupree hits both free throws, he has 4. 49-37 Terps.

9:14-Dupree with a strong move inside for his first two; then Scott answers with a jumper on the other end. Dupree loses the ball after getting it inside this time down; but Maryland holds on after a jump ball is called thanks to the alternating possssion. 47-35 Maryland.

9:11-Vasquez with the defensive rebound; then Hayes is fouled by Zeglinski going to the lane. Milbourne misses the turnaround jumper; then Gregory is called for the foul fighting for the rebound. That’s Gregory’s 3rd; he’ll have to go back to the bench for Dupree; and Virginia will have the chance to do something inside. Baker knows down a 3 to start 2nd half scoring. He has 7; Maryland by 12. Vasquez decides to take a long jumper to try to answer; but misses. A selfish Vasquez is NOT the answer Maryland needs. Dupree steps out of bounds after getting the offesnive rebound. Scott called for a travel on the other end.

9:08-This should again be Adrian Bowie’s offense in the 2nd half. Why go away from a good thing? Bowie changed the game when he started driving to the hoop in the first half; and can help deliver a knockout blow with a few more inside hoops in the 2nd half.

9:07-Orioles CF Adam Jones is in the house tonight; I asked an Orioles beat writer here covering tonight’s game why he would be in town without the Orioles having him make publicity appearances and received the response “I doubt they even know he’s here.” He’s probably right.

8:53-Scott knocks down both free throws. 45-30 Maryland. Kim throws the ball away as Virginia pressures; but it will come back to the Terps. Hayes misses a 3 from the corner before the half; and we’ll hit the break with Maryland maintaining their 15 point advantage. Lots to be pleased with in the first 20 minutes; and I’ll be back shortly with more.

8:51-Vasquez FINALLY snaps his outside shooting slump; he knocks down a 3 in transition after a rebound from Kim. Vasquez of course does some hot-dogging before returning to defend. Bowie gets another steal; but can’t finish on the other end. Scott is fouled by Kim; and Gary will take his first timeout before Scott goes to the line. 45-28 Terps. Vasquez has 9.

8:48-Greivis puts up a bad jumper next time down; his shooting struggles continue. Jin Soo Kim re-enters for Gregory; he and Milbourne will man the post; which should give Virginia the advantage inside. Greivis comes inside for help; and the Terps force a turnover. Greivis then hoes to the hoop next time down for a layup-he has 6. Off the next turnover; Bowie is alone in transition and puts the ball home without thunder. He has 13; Leitao calls his 2nd timeout; Maryland by 14.

8:46-We hit the final official timeout of the first half with Maryland leading by 10 and 3:17 to play. If Maryland did take extra time to work on shooting yesterday as I heard; it looks like it is paying some dividends; but more importantly they have gone back to working to the hoop; and Dino Gregory is giving them an offensive option inside. What a world of difference……

8:43-Maryland’s rebounding woes continue; as Landesberg gets TWO offensive boards before hitting an inside hoop. Bowie goes to the basket again for 2 more-he has 11. Hayes then knocks down another 3; he has 8. Maryland 38-28; and Dave Leitao calls his first timeout.

8:40-Kim draws cheers getting a defensive rebound; and the refs draw boos as Kim is called for a travel the next time down. Gregory blocks a transition bucket attempt by Virginia; then Hayes knocks down a 3 off a feed from Vasquez. Meyinsse draws a foul inside from Gregory; that’s Maryland’s 7th team foul with over 5 minutes to play. Milbourne re-enters for Kim; Meyinsse makes just the first free throw. Vasquez with ANOTHER good look to Hayes-this time across the floor-but Hayes can’t knock down another 3. 33-26 Maryland.

8:38-Rich,

Can’t explain Raycom’s issues; but I can certainly enjoy the minutes Dino Gregory has given the Terps. They DESPERATELY need someone to step up in the middle; and Gregory has at least attempted to be that man tonight.

Dupree draws a foul and exits for Gregory. Jin Soo Kim again into the game in the first half. Landesberg hits a pair of free throws; but Gregory knocks down a desperation jumper from the lane as the shot clock was expiring. He has 8; Maryland 30-25.

8:35-Bowie looks to go to the hoop, but is called for stepping on the endline on his way there. We hit the 3rd official timeout of the half; and Maryland maintains a 28-23 lead.

Elsewhere in ACC play; Boston College has a 53-44 lead at Georgia Tech in the 2nd half; and Duke has an early 18-12 lead over North Carolina State. Maryland visits Cameron Indoor Stadium this Saturday; and one particular blogger might well be joining them there.

8:31-Jerome Meyinsse enters for Virginia; the Terps get a steal; but Cliff Tucker steps out of bounds. Terps have struggled offensively since Bowie went to the bench; but Gregory knocks down a baseline jumper to make things 24-19. Vasquez is fouled going to the hoop in tranisition by Baker; and the Terps will shoot two free throws now the rest of the half. Vasquez knocks down both; he has 4; and Maryland’s lead is 26-19. Bowie re-enters; and part of the student section chants “Di-no, Di-no” for the efforts of Dino Gregory. Baker works a shot in the paint for 2; but Gregory uses a nice move for his own short jumper on the other end. Gregory has 6. Meyinsse gets an offensive rebound an easy putback; Maryland 28-23.

8:30-Vasquez beats a double team to get his first field goal attempt of the game; a short floater from the baseline. Scott fouls Gregory going for a rebound. That’s Virginia’s 8th team foul; so the Terps are in the bonus. Gregory misses the front end though; and the Cavs get the ball back.

8:26-Clearly the offense is going through Adrian Bowie; which is a welcome change. Bowie knows he is better off driving then taking jump shots; unlike some of the other players on this team. This team seriously benefits from going to the free throw line.

Asane Sene is called for an offensive foul; the Cavs now have 7 team fouls. Milbourne is stuffed going to the hole; and Jamil Tucker knocks down a 3 in transition. Cliff Tucker enters for Maryland; he is called for a foul as Landesberg drives. Landesberg misses the first free throw; but makes the 2nd. 20-19 Maryland. Virginia goes to their own press as Gregory re-enters for Dupree.

8:24-Bowie to the hoop AGAIN; but the basket is waived off before the 2nd official timeout (player controlled foul). Maryland maintains their 5 point lead with 10:44 to play in the half.

There’s a Comcast SportsNet commerical that plays inside the Comcast Center; promoting their coverage of Maryland basketball. I have to admit that I still get goose bumps hearing Johnny Holliday say “The kids have done it!” That was a special call.

8:23-Baker uses a nice move to get past Mosley and to the hoop. Bowie brings the ball up the floor even with Hayes in the game. Mosley cuts and finds Milbourne for a jumper; then the Terps get a turnover and Hayes gets a layup in transition. 20-15 Maryland.

8:21-Bowie’s first thought while running the offense has been “go to the hoop”. He goes to the basket again after drawing a double team; and is AGAIN fouled; this one on Sene. That’s 6 team fouls on Virginia early on. Hayes re-enters; Bowie makes both free throws. He has 9; Terps by 3.

8:19-Terps go inside to Dupree for the first time; and he turns the ball over. Farrakhan hits the mid-range jumper on the other end; and we’re tied at 13. Diane fouls Vasquez as he gets the ball; that’s Virginia’s 4th team foul with over 13 minutes to play. Gregory appeared to pick up his feet in the lane; but wasn’t called for traveling. Bowie again drives the lane; drawing a foul from Mike Scott. That’s the 5th team foul. Bowie hits the first but misses the 2nd ; he has 7; Terps 14-13.

8:17-Mustapha Farrakhan enters for Virginia; who has done a nice job in transition and moving with the ball. Tucker knocks down a 3; he creates match-up problems by being able to shoot from outside. Vasquez’s struggles from the field continue with another missed jumper. The Terps have been doubling down when the Cavs come inside; which has given them looks at outside jumpers. Braxton Dupree into the game for Maryland, Calvin Baker for Virginia. Farrakhan called for the foul as Bowie brings the ball up the floor.

8:14-Jamil Tucker makes both of his free throws; and the lead is 9-6 for the Terps. Bowie again goes to the hoop; misses a floater; but Gregory cleans it up with a VERY nice dunk. The teams trade turnovers; but Zeglinski then lays a miss back in to make things 11-8. Bowie is fouled going to the lane; he’ll shoot two. Mosley enters for Hayes, who had another nice steal in the last minute. Bowie makes both freebies; he now has 6, Maryland 13-8.

8:11-Adrian Bowie goes right to the hoop off a Hayes rebound in transition; and gets two points after the Cavs are called for a goaltending. Dino Gregory is called for a blocking foul (that was a toss-up; might well have been a good call) and Maryland has a 9-4 lead at the first official timeout. 15:59 to play in the half.

One correction: the earlier jumper was missed by Milboune. Bowie hit a layup. I regret the error as I try to stay up and down the floor. Bowie has 4.

8:07-Terps lose their first inside battle; as a Zeglinski miss from outside is rebounded by Sene; who puts it back for 2. Good offensive progression gets Hayes an open look from outside, but he misses. Vasquez caleld for a foul away from the ball on the next possession; then the Cavs break the press for a hoop from Diane. Two straight steals on the next two possessions; mixed in with a missed layup from Neal and a terrible shot in the lane from Hayes. Milbourne hits a jumper to make things 7-4; and play is stopped after Neal appears to have been poked in the face. Dino Gregory enters for Neal; Jamil Tucker into the game for Virginia.

8:05-Terps win the tip and go inside for an early bucket from Neal. They set the press, but the Cavs are able to break it. Landesberg drives the lane; but picks pu a player controlled foul before hitting a layup attempt. Neal knocks down a 3 on the other end; 5-0 Terps with all 5 coming from Neal.

8:04-Tonight’s game can be seen on Raycom Sports; WNUV 54 in Baltimore-which is of course on Channel 14 on Comcast in Baltimore County. Tim Brant and Dan Bonner are on the call.

8:00-The Cavs go with a particularly young starting lineup; whose only senior is swingman Mamadi Diane. Joining him in the backcourt are freshmen Sammy Zeglinski and leading scorer Sylvan Landesberg. Up front, the Cavs start Sophomore forward Mike Scott and Freshman Center Assane Sene.

The Terps stick with the same lineup: Dave Neal, Landon Milbourne, Greivis Vasquez, Adrian Bowie, and Eric Hayes. That Terps are 1-3 in their last four games using the lineup. I doubt Gary is considering any particular changes to the lineup; but if struggles continue he may be forced to.

7:54-I’m Live at Comcast Center in College Park; where Gary Williams’ Terps bring their 12-5 record (1-2 ACC) into tonight’s game against Dave Leitao’s Virginia Cavaliers (7-7, 1-2). The Terps are coming off back to back losses to Florida State and Miami by a combined FIVE points; with the Florida State loss coming in overtime.

Looks like a few fans were scared off by the traffic problems believed to be presented by the 2 million people in DC today to see the inauguration of Barack Obama; but not many. The student section is again particularly thin as the school bounces back from Winter Break.

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Maryland Rallies for Crucial 68-61 Win over Georgia Tech

Posted on 10 January 2009 by Glenn Clark

2:34-Nothing earth shattering from Gary in his press conference; and no fighting with this particular reporter. I’m gonna wrap early from here and head home; as I don’t want to get stuck in traffic and miss kick-off. I really think this game was won when the Terps took the risk and had Adrian go to the hole with 58 seconds to play; running what ESPN.com’s Gregg Easterbrook (Tuesday Morning Quarterback) might call a “Big Boy Play.” I’ll have more when I get back to the Live Blog compound.

2:13-Gary appears to be a little spent emotionally in his post-game radio interview with Johnny Holliday and Chris Knoche. He says he liked the shots Maryland was getting in the first half; but they just couldn’t knock them down. He credits the minutes Jin Soo Kim and Sean Mosley gave in the 2nd half. He also says “when Eric’s aggressive, his shot falls down.” Gary also credits the win to his “friends on the internet who didn’t think (the Terps) could bounce back.”

2:11-Hayes makes the first; misses the 2nd. Bowie with the rebond; he’s fouled; and makes both. Hayes finishes with 17, Bowie finishes with 11; and the Terps will win 68-61. Classic tale of survival here; and Maryland improves to 12-3, 1-0 in ACC play. Georgia Tech falls to 9-6; 0-2 in ACC play.

2:09-Tech can’t get off a decent shot; and Hayes will be fouled with 6.2 seconds left. Maryland will survive; and I won’t miss kickoff!

2:08-Great job by Hayes and Vasquez of getting the ball; then Vasquez dribbling off ten seconds before being fouled. He hits both; Maryland’s lead is 4 with 17 seconds left. Tech has no timeouts.

2:04-Mosley with the big rebound and he’s fouled; NO-the foul is now called on Mosley!!!!!!! Clinch to the line for 1 and 1; he misses the front end! Neal with the rebound; Tech doesn’t foul; and Mosley throws away the outlet to Bowie! Unreal! The Terps just needed to hold on there and Tech would have had to foul! Terps will get the ball back fortunately as it went out off a Tech defender.

2:03-Shumpert fouls Bowie as he makes his move to the hoop; and he goes to the lane for 2 as the Terps are now in the double bonus. Bowie makes both; he has 9. Terps 63-61 with under a minute to play.

2:02-Bowie goes right to the hole and lays it in; then forces a turnover on the defensive end. Big transition for Maryland; and Gary will call his final :30 timeout with 1:07 to play. He has just his full timeout left. Bowie has 7.

Interesting to see if the Terps go to a struggling Vasquez here; or if this play is called for the hotter Hayes. You’d think they’d want to go to the hoop; but that’s dangerous with Bowie’s 4 fouls as he’s the best slasher.

2:00-Tech gets the ball back with 2:30 to play; and Neal goes in for a steal; misses, and Lawal finishes. He has 14, Tech leads by 2. The Tech defense collapses on Vasquez in the lane and forces a turnover; which is costly with 2 minutes to play.

1:59-Shumpert with a very nice job of getting to the basket; he finishes to tie the game at 59. Neal and Hayes work a good give and go; but Hayes is blocked; and Tech can’t hold on to the ball. Terps re-set with 20 seconds on the shot clock. Milbourne settles for a long jumper; probably not the shot Maryland wants. Tech travels; their 27th turnover.

1:57-Vasquez misses the layup; but Neal is there for the rebound. He’s fouled and hits one of two at the line; Maryland leads 59-57. Paul Hewitt calls his final :30 timeout; he has just the full timeout remaining with 3:22 to play.

1:54-Vasquez with another unnecessary 3 point attempt; and we’ll hit the final official timeout. Maryland leads 58-57; 3:44 to play in this one; which is headed to the wire.

1:53-With the shot clock expiring; Vasquez finds Neal for a good look at a 3; and he knocks it down. 58-57 Maryland.

1:52-Vasquez takes it upon himself to try to do something in the lane; and he misses the floater. Bowie gets into the lane but loses the ball out of bounds. Hayes re-enters for Mosley to a nice response from the crowd.

1:51-Shumpert draws the foul on Vasquez; Hayes exits for Bowie, who has 4 fouls. Shumpert knocks down both at the free throw line; and Tech goes ahead 57-55.

1:50-Hayes is playing out of his mind right now; as he slinks into the lane for another 2. He has 16 on the game. Clinch quiets the crowd by knocking down a 3 on the other end; and we’re tied at 55. Kim misses an open look from 3; he’ll exit for Milbourne.

1:49-Even better; Hayes gets a look for 3 from Vasquez and drills it. Maryland leads 53-52 with under 7 minutes to play; and Kim with the nice help defense.

1:48-The official timeout certainly came at the right time for the Yellow Jackets; as Maryland had clearly been working with momentum; and the crowd was rocking. “Zombie Nation” gets the crowd going again; tying the game would make the place explode.

1:45-Georgia Tech throws the ball away and we’ll hit the 3rd official timeout. 7:34 to play in the game; and Maryland trails 52-50.

1:44-Vasquez gets the freebie to go; he has 14 and Maryland trails by just 5. Mosley with the BIG steal; and Vasquez finds Hayes for 3!!!! Hayes has 11, Maryland within 2.

1:42-Bowie will exit after Mosley draws a foul from Aminu. Both teams are now in the single bonus; and Mosley knocks down both to cut Tech’s lead to 50-44. Mosley has 10.

Miller gets two on the other end after it appeared he had traveled. Vasquez works into the lane for two; he’ll have a PLUS ONE attempt, and he’s fired up.

1:41-Mosley with a rebound and finds Bowie in transition for 2. Bowie comes up with the steal on the inbounds and is called for a VERY questionable player controlled foul; his 4th personal.

1:40-Turnaround jumper from Clinch will extend Tech’s lead to 10 with under 10 minutes to play. Dupree is fouled by Lawal underneath the hoop; he misses both free throws and Tech will get the ball back.

1:39-Mosley with the nice move to the hoop; but can’t finish. Maryland gets the ball back after a tie-up. Milbourne turns the ball over; and the Terps are reeling.

1:37-This game continues to get sloppy; as Maryland came up with the steal; then ran away without the ball. Aminu had a hoop underneath; but Dupree came up with a HUGE block. Terps threw the ball away; Mosley took an offensive foul; and Hayes missed another jumper. Gary will have to bring Vasquez back in out of necessity at this point.

1:34-If the “Maryland will go as far as Greivis Vasquez can take them” adage is true; then today is a good example of Vasquez’s shoulders hurting. He has 11 points; but is just 4-14 from the field and 0-5 from outside.

Georgia Tech has 23 turnovers and an almost double digit lead. That’s about as damning a statistic as I can imagine. Terps throw the ball away again…..

1:33-With Vasquez off the floor; someone has to be willing to be the team’s offense. Hayes misses a pull up jumper; but the Jackets turn the ball over again. We’ll hit the 2nd official timeout with 11:39 to play and Maryland trailing 48-40.

1:31-Hayes with the nice cut to the hoop; and he gets the layup. He has 8. Vasquez leaves another 3 short; and hears it from the crowd. Aminu puts down two more; and Vasquez is booed as he leaves the floor.

1:29-Neal misses another 3; and Mosley is blocked going to the basket. Neal misses a turnaround; and Mosley picks up the 5th team foul going for the rebound. Tech throws a home run pass that Aminu stuffs down to extend the lead to 46-38. Gary is forced to call his 3rd timeout; seriously needing his Terps to put together a run.

1:26-Mosley draws the offensive foul on Lewis Clinch; that’s Georgia Tech’s 4th team foul of teh half. Mosley brings the ball up; and it goes out of bounds of a Jacket. Vasquez with the curl move finds an open Mosley outside; but he’s too strong on a 3 point attempt; and Kim can’t hold on to the rebound; but comes up with a big block on the other end. Vasquez misses a layup in transition; and Lawal scores under the hoop. He has 12. Tech leads 44-38.

1:21-Clemson has a 35-33 lead over NC State in the 2nd half in other ACC action. Duke plays Florida State later; Virginia Tech plays Virginia.

Vasquez feeds Mosley for a hoop inside; Mosley has 8 and the Terps pull within 4 at 42-38. Jin Soo Kim with good pressure, and the Jackets are forced to call timeout. They have just 2 left.

1:19-Sorry I’m late getting back; I had to do a Ravens-related radio interview for a station on the West Coast. Georgia Tech has extended their lead to 42-33 thanks to a hoop PLUS ONE from Clinch. Vasquez is CLEARLY frustrated and taking more ill-advised shots; but Hayes just knocked down his own 3. Jin Soo Kim has re-entered early; but Landon Milbourne and Adrian Bowie have each drawn their 3rd personal fouls. 42-36 with 15:38 to play as we hit our first official timeout of the 2nd half.

12:54-Hayes finds a cutting Vasquez; but he can’t knock down a lay-up attempt. 31-26 Yellow Jackets at the half; and Maryland will HAVE to find some offense during the intermission break. I’ll be back in a bit with some halftime observations.

12:53-Nice move by Shumpert to get a hoop underneath the basket; but Kim misses a 3 on the other end. Hayes FINALLY knocks down a 3; his first hoop of the half. But Aminu responds on the other end with a bucket and draws the foul from Kim. He’ll have a PLUS ONE attempt; which he misses. Maryland will hold for the last shot trailing by 5.

12:51-Hayes passes on ANOTHER outside jumper; and Neal leaves ANOTHER outside jumper short. Neal finds Milbourne inside for 2; he has 6 and Maryland cuts Georgia Tech’s lead to 4. Jin Soo Kim enters particularly early; after Milbourne fouls Aminu inside.

12:49-Aminu throws the ball away trying to feed Storrs inside. Tech has 15 turnovers…..and a 9 point lead! Neal leaves an outside jumper short again; but the Terps force a turnover inside. In transition; Mosley is hit hard going to the hoop but manages to get the shot to go down. He’ll go to the free throw line for a PLUS ONE attempt; which he knocks down. He has 6; Georgia Tech’s lead is 27-21 as Maryland’s press forces another turnover.

12:46-Mosley passes on a jumper; and eventually throws the ball away. 3:41 to play as we reach the final official timeout of the half. Georgia Tech’s lead is 27-18.

12:44-A miss from Vasquez is followed by another TERRIBLE inside miss from Dupree; who is working his way back to single digit minutes as we speak. That’s followed by a 3 from Clinch; and Gary calls timeout with Georgia Tech extending their lead to 27-18. The close misses from Dupree have to be approaching double digits over the last two games.

12:42-Mosley with the nice steal on the inbounds pass; and Mosley fouled going to the hoop. He misses the first, but gets the roll on the 2nd. Moe Miller was called for the foul. Milbourne gets a steal and he’s fouled. 24-18; Georgia Tech now has 6 team fouls with 4:29 to play in the half.

12:41-Another outside miss from Hayes, and Clinch gets a hoop on the other end. Milbourne misses a mid-range jumper; and Lawal gets his 7th and 8th points inside. Bowie misses another 3; Maryland is 0-10 from beyond the arc at this point. Tech on a 6-0 run; their lead is 24-17.

12:38-Good hands by Clinch to knock away a pass from Gregory; and Maryland re-sets. Vasquez gets the ball underneath; but is tied-up. Hayes passes on a 3 despite having a screen; and ends up airballing a jumper from the free throw line as the shot clock expired. Lawal gets a hoop over Maryland’s interior defense; and they extend their lead to 20-17. Lawal has 6.

12:35-We hit the 3rd official timeout of the first half; with Maryland trailing 18-17. Vasquez needs to knock down an outside jumper to keep the Yellow Jackets honest-heck, ANYONE on this Maryland team needs to knock down an outside jumper. Their solid outside shooting has REALLY gone south in the last two games.

12:33-Lawal is called for a travel in a one on one situation with Neal; and Vasquez returns the favor going to the hoop on the other end. Vasquez has 9 early on.

12:31-Vasquez can’t find the handle on a 3 ball; but Georgia Tech throws the ball away. Neal misses a long jumper; and Mosley is there to clean it up for 2. After another Georgia Tech turnover; Eric Hayes eludes trouble with a home run pass to Gregory; who feeds Vasquez for a lay-up. Comcast Center is rocking as the Yellow Jackets take a timeout; their lead is just 18-17 with 8:22 to play.

12:29-A pull up jumper from Bowie won’t down, but Georgia Tech fails on an alley-oop attempt the other way. Bowie misses another lay-up; and Georgia Tech retains possession on a tie-up.

Dave Neal with a jumper from the wing for his first two points; then the Maryland press draws a foul from Shumpert on Hayes. 18-13 GTU with 9:34 to play in the half. Dino Gregory enters.

12:27-Maurice Miller drives the lane-and despite 3 Maryland defenders greeting him; he somehow draws a foul from Adrian Bowie. He hits one of two at the line; and Mosley draws a non-shooting foul from Miller on the other end.

12;25-Rich; I get the feeling that Mosley needed a non-conference game where HE was the go-to scorer. Mike Jones would steal a few games like that from Nik Caner-Medley every now and then; and Mosley might need the same from Vasquez.

Vasquez hits both of his free throws (What’s new?) and Maryland trails 17-11.

12:22-Hayes finds Milbourne for a jumper from the free throw line which he knocks down; but Nick Foreman slips out for an open 3 on the other end. A curl move gets Hayes another good look at a jumper, but he misses again. Hayes comes up with a solid steal defensively; but the Terps turn the ball over and Lawal throws down a dunk. Vasquez is fouled on the offensive end; and we hit the 2nd official timeout with Tech leading 17-9.

12:21-Vasquez feeds Tucker for a VERY nice reverse layup; but Tucker can’t get it to go. Lawal takes the ball the other way for a breakaway jam; and Maryland finally gets something going after a Mosley steal turns into a Vasquez hoop PLUS ONE. Georgia Tech calls timeout leading 12-7 with 13 minutes to play in the first half.

12:20-Mosley throws the ball away after another nice move to get down the floor. So much for the Charlotte game being the game that builds his confidence.

12:18-Mosley with a nice move; but misses a pull up jumper in the lane. Shumpert responds by knocking down a 3; and Georgia Tech takes a 10-4 lead. Gary takes his first timeout.

12:17-Aminu hits both, then exits for Bassirou Dieng. Braxton Dupree enters and misses ANOTHER two foot jumper; then Clinch gets another hoop and Vasquez is called for a travel. 7-4 Georgia Tech.

12:16-Another bad long jumper-this one from Neal-after Mosley passed on popping a jump shot. Aminu works his way into the lane and draws Milbourne’s first foul. Two shots.

12:13-Sean Mosley into the game and picks up his first foul away from the ball. We hit the first official timeout with Maryland leading 4-3.

12:11-Neal found himself open outside but couldn’t knock down his first 3 point attempt. Georgia Tech followed with two chances on their end; and then Vasquez is called for a player control foul. Next time down Vasquez uses a hop step to get into the lane for 2; and Maryland leads 4-3.

12:09-Lewis Clinch gets called for a walk underneath the hoop; then Hayes is stuffed trying to drive to the hole on Maryland’s next possession. After a bad game Wednesday night; Hayes is showing some aggressiveness early; but it is yet to pay off. Good interior defense from Dave Neal is followed by an UGLY airball miss of a 3 point shot by Vasquez. NO need to force something like that.

12:07-Dave Neal already to the floor to control the opening tip; but a Hayes floater goes awry. Storrs drills a 3 over Vasquez; but Milbourne responds with a baseline jumper and Georgia Tech leads 3-2.

12:06-Today’s game is being televised by Raycom (WNUV 54; Comcast Channel 14 in Baltimore County); Tim Brant and Dan Bonner are on the call.

12:03-Paul Hewitt’s lineup has Lewis Clinch and Iman Shumpert in the backcourt; Lance Storrs and Alade Aminu at the forwards; and Gani Lawal in the middle.

Gary Williams’ Terps stick with the Dave Neal-Landon Milbourne-Adrian Bowie-Eric Hayes-Greivis Vasquez lineup they’ve used for weeks now.

11:49-Ten minutes or so away from tip; and I’m at Comcast Center in College Park; where Exree Hipp is currently receiving a very nice ovation from the Maryland faithful after being introduced as the Honorary Captain.

I know there’s another pretty important game today; but let’s get through this first. Maryland opens ACC play today vs. Georgia Tech; desperately needing to wash away their terrible loss to Morgan State Wednesday night. Maryland brings an 11-3 record into today’s game; Paul Hewitt’s Yellow Jackets are 9-5 and coming off a win over Georgia earlier in the week.

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Terps Survive Early Onslaught, Rally for 85-75 win over Charlotte

Posted on 03 January 2009 by Glenn Clark

Maryland’s 85-75 win over Charlotte was very good for this team. They responded to a team playing lights out early by matching the effort and intensity to methodically chip away and eventually pull even with solid competition. They then lifted their effort even more in the 2nd half to put the 49ers away for good with still ten minutes to play in the game. They did not dwell on their early misfortune and certainly did not feel sorry for themselves, and they did not wait until things were too late to put together a rally.

Gary Williams knows that his Terps cannot afford to suffer major deficits early against ACC competition; but good teams often have to win games like this even in conference play. Clemson didn’t waiver from a double digit hole in College Park last season; and no good team should get scared when they face adversity. The Terps really showed emotion; and even Sean Mosley admitted he had a bit of a “chip on his shoulder” after today’s game. It was good to see this team play with that emotion today; as they will need it in 7 days when ACC play opens.

It was especially nice to see the performance of Mosley today; as we can only hope that we will look back on this game as the berth of another Baltimore superstar in a Maryland jersey. Contributions from Mosley and Tucker this season might be the difference in a team that “goes as far as Greivis can carry them” and a team that is a well-rounded team still playing in March.

Talk to you Monday.

-G

6:33-Gary thought the bench was “tremendous” today; including “strong inside play” defensively from Braxton Dupree and really good minutes from Cliff Tucker and Sean Mosley. He spoke particularly highly of the former St. Frances star; saying he’s “really proud of the way (Mosley’s) worked since he set foot on campus.” He also added that “guys on the first team don’t like to play against” Mosley; which he knows is a good sign of how hard someone is playing.

Gary thought it was “good for (Maryland) to be down early” because they “had to work hard to dig out of a hole.” He thought the team was “bothered” by Charlotte’s “Box and 1″ and “Triangle and 2″ defenses; but saw they were able to use the defenses to get advantage on the offensive boards.

Early on, Gary didn’t think the Terps “were playing with the necessary emotion” to beat a good team (he reminded us twice in the press conference that this Charlotte team only lost to Clemson by 1 point). But he thought the “middle 25 minutes” were the exact type of effort the Terps would need to use moving forward.

In closing, Gary hoped the Terps “At 11-2 will get some national recognition”; believing their body of work is as good as many teams ranked nationally.

6:28-Greivis lead the way for the Terps with 27 points and 4 boards. Milbourne added 13 points and 5 boards, Mosley had 11 points and 5 boards, Bowie tallied 10 points and 5 boards, Hayes added 10 points, and Tucker scored 8 with 3 boards. As a team, The Terps shot 30-66 (45.5%) from the field; 9-22 from beyond the arc (40.9%), and 16-19 from the free throw line (84.2%).

The 49ers got 21 points from Coleman, 15 from Harris, 9 from Mack, and 8 from Coley. They shot 28-61 from the field (45.9%); 11-23 from beyond the arc (47.8%), and 8-9 from the free throw line (88.9%).

5:57-In his radio postgame; Gary says Tucker and Mosley “stepped up big” and “brought some energy to the game.” Those would be understatements. He definitely appears to be a bit emotional in saying “these guys have worked really hard” to get to 11-2.

5:55-A 3 from Barnett and a layup from Coley will close out today’s scoring; and Maryland will win 85-75 in one of their most impressive performances of the season. Great 2nd half effort from the Terps; and Gary will undoubtedly speak highly of his players after today’s game. Maryland improves to 11-2, Charlotte falls to 5-7. The question will be how much Charlotte can bounce back during A-10 play. They showed the capability of being a good team at times today.

5:53-A rough day for the ACC appears to be turning around. Virginia and Georgia Tech were double digit losers to Xavier and Alabama respectively; but Maryland has erased their early double digit deficit and NC State has a 2nd half lead at Florida. Clemson and Florida State each have double digit leads over lesser competition as well.

5:51-Anderson and Barnett nails 3′s with 4 points from Bowie mixed in the middle. Dupree misses an easy turnaround in the lane; Maryland’s lead is 85-70 with 1:30 to play. Jin Soo Kim enters and Vasquez goes to the bench. Kyle Church enters for Charlotte. Gaby Ngoundjo has also received minutes for the 49ers.

5:47-Dupree tries to take one to the hoop; but he’s blocked by Javarris Barnett. He needs to use more muscle if he’s going to make that move to the basket-or he’s going to continue to be a liability on the offensive end. Final official timeout of the half; Maryland leads 81-64 with 3:38 to play and many fans deciding to hit the roads early.

Tough day thus far for the ACC could be turning around. Virginia and Georgia Tech were double digit losers to Xavier and Alabama respectively; but Maryland has turned around an easy

5:45-Mack and Harris get hoops for the 49ers; who cut the Maryland lead to 17 with under 5 minutes to play. Not a whole lot of defense here down the stretch; as Tucker gets another easy 2; then Mack gets two more on a put back.

5:44-Tucker blocks Anderson; comes down with a rebound, and outlets to Vasquez for a layup. Vasquez might be looking to hit 30. It’s 79-58; and Tucker has played a very good game.

5:42-Gregory sticks back a Dave Neal miss and Maryland’s lead is 19. Vasquez is going to re-enter shortly; probably because he bugged Gary about sitting on the bench. (That’s HALF a joke). Mosley exits to a very nice ovation from the Maryland faithful.

5:38-Dave Neal with a hoop; then Greivis adds a pair from the free throw line to make things 75-58; Vasquez exits to a hearty applause from a crowd that has been excellent considering the number of students not in attendance due to the Winter break. We hit the 3rd official timeout with 7:50 to play and Charlotte turning the ball over again.

5:36-Charlotte assistant Rob Moxley served under Gary Williams for one season; then went back to the 49ers with many thinking he was told he’d be the “Head Coach in Waiting” under Bobby Lutz. With the Niners struggling a bit over recent seasons; you have to wonder if he’s still part of their future plans.

5:33-Coleman with another hoop in the lane to make things 69-55. He has 21 for the 49ers despite a pair of airballs. The Niners have calmed down a bit since Maryland’s 22-4 run; but have dug themselves a hole likely insurmountable on the road. Mosley has played absolutely outstanding today; and this will be huge for his confidence going forward.

Vasquez slides in for another hoop; he has 23. Mack knocks down a 3 for the Niners; he has 5 and Maryland’s lead is 71-58. Gary calls timeout as he doesn’t want Maryland to lose discipline down the stretch.

5:29-Vasquez has 21, Mosley has 11 at this point; and the scoreboard over the floor is working again. Bowie hits one of two at the line to make things 65-49; and the scoreboard is out again. Harris knocks down two free throws to give the 49ers a tourniquet; but Milbourne stuffs home a jam to continue the bludgeoning here in the 2nd half. A Coley dunk will make things 67-53; but Milbourne finishes a nice feed from Mosley to open a 16 point lead again.

5:27-Absolute bedlam in College Park. Mosley knocks down a 3; then feeds Vasquez for a PRETTY layup on a fastbreak to make things 64-49. We hit an official timeout with 11:27 to play; and the 49ers look like the walking dead right now. What a start to the 2nd half for this Maryland team; who might be playing their best game to date.

5:24-Nice offensive progression leads to an open jumper for Milbourne; who now has 7.

Bush-league move by Charlie Coley; who faked a significant knee injury after missing a put-back dunk attempt to draw an official timeout while Maryland was on a fast break. When timeout was called Coley jogged back up the floor before being pulled. Milbourne made the possession count anyway; hitting another jumper. He has 9; Maryland leads 59-49; and the scoreboard above the floor is malfunctioning. 18-4 run for the Terps.

5:22-Vasquez drills the 3 after the break-he has 19 and Maryland leads 52-49. Charlotte’s offensive sets have been longer in the 2nd half; and they haven’t been able to find their shooters as much. Bowie gets a coast to coast layup and is fouled by Harris. He knocks down the PLUS ONE; has 5, and Maryland leads 55-49; their largest advantage of the game.

5:20-Very scary moment here; as Charles Dewhurst lay motionless on the floor for a couple minutes. The stretcher was brought out; but his teammates were able to carry the sophomore off the floor to a nice ovation.

5:15-Hayes knocks down another 3; he has 10, and Maryland leads 49-47. Charlotte calls timeout with 15:21 to play. Maryland has set up just one press in the 2nd half; but they have done a nice job of being active defensively.

Rich-

How was Lunardi on color? He’s an intelligent guy; but comes across so processed when ESPN uses him on SportsCenter. John Feinstein is an outstanding color analyst; but he doesn’t actively write about the sports he does analyst work for. He writes about golf; and does color work for college hoops.

5:12-Active hands defensively for Maryland; as they continue to disrupt Charlotte’s passing lanes. Coleman air mails another 3; then Bowie badly misses a 3 of his own. Vasquez came away with the board and attempted to call timeout; but stepped on the endline. Coley sends home a dunk and it’s 47-46 Charlotte. Lots of tired legs on the floor; even after the halftime break.

5:08-Frenetic pace continues as we open the 2nd half; as Vasquez rushes toward the hoop and then misses a stick-back. Coleman gets a jumper; he has 19; then Vasquez knocks down a 3; he has 16. LaMont Mack absolutely BLOWS past Dave Neal next trip down; and Charlotte extends the lead to 45-41. Milbourne then pulls down a rebound on the Terps’ ensuing possession; and Hayes hits a HUGE 3. Charlie Coley misses a dunk on the 49ers’ end; and Milbourne is fouled attempting a dunk in transition; he hits both free throws and Maryland FINALLY has a lead at 46-45.

4:52-Vasquez tries again from 3 and misses; and Anderson answers with a 3 on the other end. Hayes nails a jumper before the buzzer; and Charlotte will take a 41-38 advantage to the locker room.

I will say this much-these teams have played this game like a NCAA Tournament game. Neither has backed off the other team’s challenges; and this game has been absolutely frenetic. Gary can’t be happy that the Terps haven’t been able to set their press; I imagine they’ll work hard to set that early in the 2nd half. I’d like to say that I don’t think Charlotte can continue to shoot at this level; but I wouldn’t be surprised if they could. Back with more shortly….

4:49-VERY sloppy possession ends for the Terps with a player control foul called on Tucker after he passed the ball. He’ll head back to the bench. Coleman quiets the “Air-Ball” chants by drilling another 3; he had 17. Vasquez answers on the other end-he has 13; and Charlotte leads 38-36. Hayes blocks Harris’s shot on the other end and Maryland has the ball with under a minute to play in the half.

4:45-I don’t think I can explain enough how big that basket was for Sean Mosley. He has had nothing but heartbreak from the field early in his career; and can certainly use the confidence he’s building with his early play. Gary has SERIOUSLY defended Mosley; noting how well Sean sees the floor; but the Baltimore high school legend needs to be able to contribute more offensively given the minutes he’s getting.

Dewhurst hits both at the line; then Coleman fouls Tucker on the other end. Tucker hits one of two; and it’s 34-33 49ers. Ian Anderson misses a 3 for the Niners; but Mosley can’t hold on to the rebound. Milbourne is then called for the foul; and Coleman hits 1-2 (the 2nd was an airball) to make things 35-33. 14 points now for Coleman.

4:43-This place reached FEVER PITCH after Mosley’s 3. He now has 8, Tucker has 5. Charlotte will head back to the free throw line after the official timeout; but Maryland has done a very nice job of keeping things together while Vasquez is on the bench.

4:41-Tucker makes the move to the hoop on the next possession; and draws the foul. Maryland continues to be at their best offensively when they’re going toward the hoop; as they shoot well from the line. Tucker hits both to cut Charlotte’s lead to 6; then hits a 3 the next time down to cut the lead to 3. Very solid minutes for Tucker, especially with Vasquez on the bench. Mosley then adds ANOTHER 3 and we’re TIED UP! HUGE shot for the freshman, who has badly struggled shooting the ball.

4:40-Harris gets a coast to coast layup to fall and is fouled by Hayes. Harris adds the free throw; he has 11; and Charlotte’s lead is again 8 at 32-24.

4:38-Vasquez goes to the hoop and draws the foul from Harris; then hits both at the line. He has 10 and Maryland trails 29-24. Mosley returns, Tucker enters; and the Terps force a turnover on the inbounds pass; but Neal turns the ball right back over after trying to pass to a player that had cut to the hoop.

4:35-Rich; I certainly think Gary would like to see Braxton go to the hoop more; but even the more muscular Dupree isn’t nimble enough to make those moves. That’s why Gary was limiting his minutes. Landon needs to have control of the ball inside; he’s the player that can do damage.

Dewhurst hits a pair of freebies after a questionable foul call on Vasquez that draws the ire of the fans at Comcast Center. Bowie is then called for a player control foul that wipes away a basket offensively for the Terps; and the fans remain irate. Charlotte calls a :30 timeout leading 29-22.

4:32-Steve Buckhantz and Glenn Consor have the call of today’s game if you’re watching at home on Comcast SportsNet; and the remainder of Maryland’s games this season will all be televised. Johnny Holliday is back on the radio side after missing Tuesday night’s game to call the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise.

4:30-The beefy 6-10 Jones has a decided advantage over Neal; and uses it there for an easy hoop. Maryland calls another timeout with Charlotte running off 6 unanswered points to extend the lead to 27-20. Hayes uses the backboard for a runner to make things 27-22. The Terps will need to keep Dupree or Gregory on the sizeable Jones. Official timeout with 7:15 to play in the half; the Niners are still 5 points ahead.

4:28-Coley slips inside for his first points, then Coleman gets a teardrop layup to make things 25-20. Coleman had 13. The last Maryland possession ended when Braxton Dupree received no help when cornered. Unfortunately he doesn’t have the athleticism to work out of those plays; and Gary had he and Dino Gregory on the floor together. Bowie missed another 3 on the possession; but blocked a shot to end Charlotte’s next possession; only to be blocked himself the next time down.

4:27-The one question we’ve answered so far is how the Terps would respond when challenged early. They often backed down in recent years; but have IMMEDIATELY answered the call today. Mosley’s free throw makes things 21-20 again with 10 minutes to play; and Charlotte has to feel as though they should have a bigger lead.

4:23-Mosley passed on a look from the outside; might be a confidence issue. Instead Bowie missed his 3; and Coleman is in the wing for another outside answer for the 49ers; who extend the lead to 21-17. A lot of emotion from Greivis early; and there’s nothing particularly surprising about that. Mosley is AGAIN in the right place for a putback after Vasquez gets a steal then misses a 3; he’ll have a PLUS ONE attempt after the official timeout; Maryland trails 21-19.

4:21-Mosley is in the right place at the right time to clean up a bad airball runner from Vasquez. After Charlotte misses on the other end; Vasquez drills a 3 to make things 18-17. 10-0 run for the Terps right now; and Dupree had a big offensive rebound on the last possession.

4:20-After two fouls and an offensive rebound; all Charlotte can muster on the possession is a missed jumper from Jones. Vasquez goes coast to coast for a lay-up, and adds the PLUS ONE thanks to a foul by LaMont Mack. 18-12 Charlotte; and Maryland gets a backcourt violation to get the ball back.

4:18-Dewhurst goes hard to the hoop; drawing a foul from Mosley. Neal then gets called for the reach-around after the re-set; he goes to the bench for Braxton Dupree.

4:17-Greivis gets on the board by making 2 free throws out of the timeout; Charlotte’s lead is 18-9. Coleman FINALLY misses one from outside; but the Terps can’t answer on the other end.

4:14-Maryland’s perimeter defenders are going to have to trust their post players; as Charlotte is making single moves to bait the Terps and open up outside shots. Maryland can’t take those moves; and will probably have to get minutes from Cliff Tucker to shift inside if the Niners start taking the ball inside. They can’t just keep letting Charlotte have open shots from outside; because this team is going to knock them down. Official timeout comes with the game still 18-7.

4:12-Milbourne is fouled shooting a jumper; he hits one of 2 from the line to get the Terps within 3. Coleman hits ANOTHER 3 on the other end; then an entering Sean Mosley can’t hold on to an outlet pass; and Charlotte gets a bucket from Jones after the turnover. 15-7 49ers; who are taking advantage of transition hoops early and not allowing Maryland to set their press. Harris hits ANOTHER 3; he and Coleman both have 8-Maryland trails 18-7 and is in DESPERATE need of a timeout; which they take.

4:10-Phil Jones off the bench early for Charlotte; as Milbourne gets his first foul. Charlotte would clearly like to continue to make this a shooting contest; knowing they’re a better outside shooting team. Harris hits a long 2-he and Coleman both have 5-and the Niners lead 10-6.

4:08-Auspicious start for the Terps, as Greivis airballs a 3; and RaShad Coleman wrinkles into the lane for a put-back third chance lay-up on the other end. Bowie responds with his own second chance layup; but Coleman answers with a 3. Milbourne adds a field goal; but Harris drills another 3; and it’s 8-4 Charlotte VERY QUICKLY. Dave Neal makes a nice move for a layup to cut things to 8-6.

4:03-In College Park as Maryland takes on the Charlotte 49ers out of the Atlantic 10. The Niners line up with Charlie Coley, Charles Dewhurst, and LaMont Mack up front; DiJuan Harris and RaShad Coleman in the backcourt. They’re had big road wins over Mississippi St. and Southern Illinois and have been a tough to figure 5-6 team this season; as their early losses to teams like Clemson, Providence, and Old Dominion were particularly close. Only Arizona State has blown them out thus far this season. Bobby Lutz’s team has one 4 straight overall.

Gary WIlliams’ Terps finish their non-conference stretch today and Wednesday with Morgan State. They’re 10-2 overall; and he sticks with the Dave Neal/Landon Milbourne/Greivis Vasquez/Adrian Bowie/Eric Hayes lineup that’s been working recently.

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 29 December 2008 by Glenn Clark

The best part about yesterday’s game was that the 2nd half became a “love affair” between the city and the team. The team had come out and thoroughly won a “must win” game; and the city had the chance to appreciate a team one more time that had given us so much to enjoy this season.

Now it’s on to Miami……and Nashville…..and Pittsburgh….and Tampa. Maybe.

It certainly feels good to be here instead of where we were last season; I know that.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio can’t believe how different things are between now and last year

Casey Willett says with win; Ravens would play at Titans next Saturday

Casey Willett says Ravens 46-0 when winning turnover battle by at least 2

Casey Willett says Rex Ryan could be headed to Rams

Drew Forrester can’t believe Birds would waste money on Hendrickson

Drew Forrester says turnaround all about Flacco

Rob Long thinks Clayton will continue to be ‘steady target’  as Flacco gets better

Rob Long doesn’t feel particularly bad for Patriots

Alex Thomas says Ravens have ‘swagger back’

Glenn Clark says Bozeman, Bears got ‘lucky’ against William Jessup

Ed Frankovic says Ovechkin, Laich each score two goals in win for Caps

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens score 24 unanswered to beat Jags 27-7

The Official Site’s Sam Angell says Clayton was big play threat in Ravens’ win

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says defense matched ’62 Packers by allowing no more than 13 points in any home game this season

Jaguars Official Site’s Vic Ketchman says early TD pass to A. Pearman only highlight for Jags

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens get final Wild Card berth-fifth playoff trip in team history

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Harbaugh, coaching staff reason for Ravens’ turnaround

The Sun’s David Steele says Ravens were totally confident from outset yesterday

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Clayton finished with 128 yards receiving, franchise record 8th career 100 yard game

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Dolphins will get 2nd chance against Ravens next week in playoffs

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives high praise to QB’s, WR’s, LB’s, secondary

The AP says with win; Ravens would play Titans following Saturday

The Sun scouts Ravens, Dolphins

The Sun’s Ken Murray says L. McClain scored 2 TD’s in win

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Walker effective filling in for Washington

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Clayton deflects praise after big game

The Sun’s Ray Frager says Enberg didn’t have best day in booth

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Commissioner Goodell in attendance to see Ravens win

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says ’58 Colts on hand to see Ravens clinch playoff spot

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder and Dave Carey give highest praise to receivers, secondary, coaching

The Examiner’s Dave Carey says many Ravens excited for chance to return ‘home’ to Miami

Aaron Wilson says Ravens finish season 7-0 against teams with losing records

Aaron Wilson says 52 wasn’t thinking about contract after home finale

Aaron Wilson offers highest praise to quarterbacks, secondary

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Ravens facing ‘different’ Dolphins team this time

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Flacco proves himself to be “franchise” QB

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Flacco went 12-13 for 194 yards on team’s 3 TD drives

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg detailed exactly how Ravens pulled off turnaround

Washington Post’s Mark Maske says Reed collected two more picks in win

Florida Times-Union’s Michael C. Wright says Jaguars finish season 5-11 with loss

Florida Times-Union’s Vito Stellino says Del Rio thought Jaguars ‘fought hard’ all game

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Ravens didn’t get much of ‘challenge’ from Dolphins first time out

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens get into postseason hard way

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens don’t feel bad for Patriots

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Reed, 52 likely ‘hungry for more’

SI’s Andrew Perloff says Ryan, Flacco ‘re-define what rookie QB’s are capable of’

SI’s Peter King thinks Ravens 5th best team in NFL

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge ‘wouldn’t want to face’ Ravens in playoffs

Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson says Ravens would be ‘best story’ if not for Falcons

ORIOLES:

The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds reportedly closing in on deal with Hendrickson

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Hendrickson, Orioles agree to terms

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. thinks Wieters will get call in July

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Gary likes Kim’s ‘hustle’

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Gary wants to see ‘fundamental’ rebounding

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says even fans struggling to get interested in non-conference schedule

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says with Goins out; Terps lacking frontcourt depth

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens thinks Terps 33rd best team in country

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Strickland set to return for Terps today

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Terps hold first practice on Bronco Stadium’s blue turf in Boise

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Steffy ‘probably’ backup against Nevada

The Sun’s Matt Bracken recaps season for commits Kerr and Blue

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says blue turf still ‘novelty’ to some Terps

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says DHB not tipping hat about future

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says DHB knows Oquendo top 3rd down option

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps need to be ‘sharpest’ defensively against Wolf Pack

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Terps ‘carry’ seniors off field again in final Bowl practice (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Terps went tubing Sunday as part of Humanitarian Bowl celebration (must subscribe)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Lafayette snaps 8 game losing streak by beating Towson

The Sun says Hairston, Smith have double doubles in Tigers’ loss

MORGAN BASKETBALL:

The AP says Thompson scores 18 but Bears lose at St. Mary’s 76-60

COPPIN BASKETBALL:

Colorado Official Site says Buffaloes have little trouble with Eagles in Rainbow Classic

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Eers host future NEC foe Bryant tonight

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo knows things will be tougher with Army hiring Ellerson

BALTIMORE COLTS:

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Moore knows Sunday likely last anniversary ’58 Colts will celebrate

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Kevin Harrison; who scored 34 points for Dulaney in their 90-76 win over Edgewood Saturday.

-Pepperdine 84, Coppin State 66. NC State 86, Loyola 71.

Talk to you tomorrow.

-G

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