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Terps continue hot streak, destroy Miami 81-59

Posted on 26 January 2010 by Luke Jones

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland’s homestand began against Longwood last Tuesday, and if you only paid attention to the final scores, you’d think the Terps had played the lowly Lancers in a three-game set instead of conference opponents NC State and Miami in the last two.

The Terps continued their early dominance in the ACC with a convincing 81-59 win over Miami at the Comcast Center on Tuesday night. Maryland (14-5, 4-1 ACC) raced out to a 14-4 lead in the first seven minutes of the game and never let the last-place Hurricanes weather the storm as four Terps reached double-digit scoring for the third game in a row.

A trademark of last season was the Terps’ inability to hold second-half leads against ACC opponents, but this year’s squad has tightened its grip on opponents instead of letting them sneak their way back into contests.

“This year we’ve done a great job of coming out and starting games strong and finishing games the same way,” said sophomore Sean Mosley. “It’s just the mindset that we have this year that we can’t lose a game when we’re up by 20 points. We’ve just been coming out and playing hard for 40 minutes.”

Greivis Vasquez and Landon Milbourne led the way with 16 points apiece while Mosley and Eric Hayes each contributed 10 in the blowout victory. While Vasquez has been the top—and sometimes only—scoring threat for Maryland over his four-year career, the improved balance exhibited by the Terps has led to four conference victories by a combined 71 points.

“You have to be able to play off each other,” head coach Gary Williams said about his team’s balanced attack on both ends of the floor against Miami.

Defensively, the Terps forced 14 Miami turnovers in the first half and held Dwayne Collins, the Hurricanes’ leading scorer, to a meager five points and three field goal attempts for the game. Freshman Jordan Williams continues to be the difference maker in the paint, freeing Milbourne to play to his strengths further away from the basket.

The Terps’ senior leadership and experience has led to the improved defensive effort. Whether it’s the improved team rebounding or simply diving on the floor for loose balls in the paint, the defense has played with confidence and enthusiasm.

“We are trying to believe that our defense is what is responsible for our ability to run our offense and get good shots,” Gary Williams said. “I think the aggressiveness on the defensive end of the court funnels into the offensive part of the game.”

Needless to say, the Terps are feeling good about themselves and rightfully so. While Maryland hasn’t exactly played the best the ACC has to offer, it’s beating the teams it should beat—and convincingly.

Despite finding his team in first place, Gary Williams is quick to point out how early it is in the conference schedule—and how quickly things can change for the worse.

“We have to go on the road for two games [against Clemson and Florida State]. We’ll see where we are [after that].”

Indeed.

You only have to think back to November to find a similar quote from the Maryland coach following a blowout over New Hampshire and a 3-0 start. The No. 21 Terps then went to Hawaii and dropped two games to power-conference teams (Cincinnati and Wisconsin) in the Maui Invitational and limped home with only a win over Division II Chaminade to their credit. The effort in Maui lacked a pulse as the Terps appeared disinterested in the opportunity to make a statement.

Sunday’s game at Clemson will help clarify the picture of just how good this team really is. Though clearly not a must-win, a victory at Littlejohn would emphatically put the Terps in the conference championship discussion—or as much as you can be after six games. A loss wouldn’t kill their momentum by any stretch, but the lingering doubts of whether the Terps can beat tougher opponents would remain.

Maryland is certainly looking the part of a serious force to be reckoned with in the ACC, beating up on the bottom-feeders of the conference.

Now the Terps can show it on the road against one of the perceived big boys.

– After a 24-point win over NC State and a 22-point victory over Miami, the Terps have earned back-to-back 20-plus point wins over ACC schools for the first time since February 2003 when they defeated North Carolina (96-56) and Clemson (91-52).

– The 4-1 start is Maryland’s best conference start since opening 6-1 in the 2002-03 season.

– Miami came into the game averaging 75.7 points per game on 47.5 percent shooting, but the Terps held the Hurricanes to 59 points and 38.3 percent shooting. Maryland has held its last four opponents to under 40 percent shooting.

– Vasquez moved into sixth place on Maryland’s career scoring list, passing Lonny Baxter, who had 1,858 in his career.

– The Terps have outscored their opponents in the paint over the last four games by a combined 180-76. Maryland held a 42-20 advantage in the win over Miami.

– Maryland has now outrebounded its opponent in seven of its last eight games.

Check out the final stats right here and the live blog below.

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8:56 p.m. — This one is over. You HAVE to be happy with this one. Maryland wins, and it was never close.

Final score: Maryland 81, Miami 59

Back in a bit with the post-game wrap.

8:54 p.m. — McGowan with the airball. That pretty much sums up the entire evening for Miami tonight.

8:53 p.m. — Levent turns it over but hustles down the floor to affect the shot on the other end.

1:05 remaining in this one. I THINK it’s safe to say this one is over.

8:51 p.m. — And here comes Ersin Levent. Maryland has been so good lately it feels like these guys are becoming a part of the regular rotation.

8:49 p.m. — David Pearman is at the score table and is set to check in, replacing Vasquez to a big ovation. Another fine night by the Maryland leader.

8:47 p.m. — We’ve reached the final media timeout of the night as plenty of Maryland faithful are heading to the exits. Can’t say I blame them one bit.

Maryland leads 79-52 with 3:39 remaining.

8:45 p.m. — Vasquez finds Bowie on a very nice cut for the easy two.

Bowie picks up the foul on the other end, and Jordan Williams exits to a big hand. Another fine performance from the freshman forward.

8:43 p.m. — Hayes and Mosley exit the floor to a nice ovation. You would think their nights are done with a 29-point lead and 4:45 remaining in this one.

8:40 p.m. — The Terps have four players in double figures with Milbourne leading the way with 17, Vasquez with 16, and Hayes and Mosley each with 10. It marks the third game in a row that at least four players have posted double-digit scoring numbers. Very impressive, but let’s not kid ourselves: Longwood, NC State, and Miami aren’t exactly Kentucky, Texas, and Syracuse.

8:37 p.m. — Maryland is up by 32 points. What is there to say other than Maryland is looking very good, and Miami looks very bad.

8:35 p.m. — With the Terps trying to hold on to a 28-point lead, I couldn’t help but notice Clemson is struggling against Boston College, down nine point with 10 minutes to go.

It looks as though the Terps are getting the Tigers at the right time as they’ve strugged over the last couple games.

8:32 p.m. — We’ve reached another media timeout as this one cannot end soon enough for the Terps. They lead Miami, 71-43, with 9:13 remaining.

8:28 p.m. — I have to ask the question at this point. How in the you know what did Miami beat Wake Forest a few weeks ago? This is downright UGLY.

8:24 p.m. — Former Terp and national champion Byron Mouton is in attendance tonight. He has to be liking what he sees out of the Terrapins this evening.

8:23 p.m. — Tucker with the nice give to Gregory who goes up for the dunk but is fouled by Julian Gamble. Gregory hits both, and the lead is now 26 points.

Unbelievable.

8:21 p.m. — Bowie takes it inside and is fouled by Collins. Count the basket! The Canes’ leading scorer just picked up his third foul.

The Canes could sure use Jack McClinton right now, couldn’t they?

8:20 p.m. — Very nice drive by Scott on that one. However, Bowie hits a rare triple for the Terps.

Why not?

8:18 p.m. — Scott tries to drive the lane, but Mosley knocks it away. Following a Reggie Johnson miss on an easy putback attempt, Mosley drills the triple. Everything is working tonight for the Terrapins as the lead is up to 21, matching their biggest of the night.

8:14 p.m. — Mosley drives and scores, hitting the deck hard, but he’s alright.

We’ve reached the first media timeout of the second half with Maryland holding a very comfortable 55-37 lead over the Canes.

8:13 p.m. — Dews fouls Mosley, and the sophomore will go to the line for two. He hits 1-of-2 and has five points on the night.

Following a Williams block, Milbourne hits the jumper from the elbow to give him 15 points on the night. It may not be flashy, but he’s having a tremendous evening.

8:11 p.m. — Slow start to the second half as both teams have exchanged misses on their first two possessions down the floor.

DeQuan Jones hits the first bucket of the second half to cut the lead to 15 points.

Williams answers with the shot in the paint. It cannot be understated how impressive this kid is and how much better the Terps are because of it.

8:06 p.m. — We’re just a couple minutes away from the start of the second half.

The Hurricanes turned it over a whopping 14 times in the first half despite shooting 50 percent from the field. The Maryland defense was just relentless in the first half.

7:52 p.m. — Cliff Tucker picks up the cheap foul to send Dews to the line for a 1-and-1. Dews hits them both, and the Terps will have a final shot. Bowie misses the 3-pointer. I guess not EVERYTHING went right for the Terps in the first half, but it’s pretty darn close.

Maryland leads Miami at the break, 48-31.

7:50 p.m. — Milbourne’s shot is rejected underneath, and Gary Williams will use a 30-second timeout with 35.9 seconds remaining in the half.

Following the timeout, Vasquez calls the foul as he caught McGowan in the air and forced up a shot to draw the trip to the line. The senior drains both freebies to push the lead back up to 19 points.

7:48 p.m. — Hayes picks up the cheap foul off the long rebound to Scott on the free throw miss. Scott hits them both to cut the Maryland lead to 18 points with 1:30 remaining.

Bowie finds Williams inside and the freshman is fouled by McGowan, sending him to the line for two. It’s clear how much more confidence Gary Williams and the Terps have in the freshman’s offensive game. He hits 1-of-2 freebies.

7:45 p.m. — Collins is completely out of sync in this one as he just got called for the walk. Williams and Gregory have done a fine job defending the senior, making him look like the underclassmen in the battle.

7:44 p.m. — Milbourne hits the jumper from the elbow, giving him 11 for the game to lead the Terps.

On the other end, the Terps cannot grab the board, leading to a second-chance opportunity for Collins and he’s fouled. The Canes’ leading scorer misses both free throws. This is just ugly for Miami.

7:40 p.m. — Very unselfish play by Vasquez who could have easily taken an off-balanced shot in the paint but he kicks it out to Milbourne for the wide-open triple.

Following a Dews basket on the other end, Vasquez hits a 3-pointer of his own as everything seems to be clicking for the Terps in the first half tonight.

An airball will send us into the final media timeout of the first half. Maryland is really working over the Hurricanes in this one, 41-24 with 3:33 to go before the break.

7:38 p.m. — The Terps are bringing a very balanced approach to tonight’s first half, mixing the perimeter shots with looks inside. The half-court offense is looking so much better than it did early in the season, but again, we’ll need to see the same effort against the tougher opponents the ACC has to offer.

7:36 p.m. — Mosley just ABUSED Thomas with that defensive work, leading to a foul and a trip to the line for the Baltimore sophomore. He hits 1-of-2, but that was quite the defensive play.

Grant hits the 3-ball for the Canes to cut the lead to 11.

7:32 p.m. — James Padgett checks into the game as Bowie throws up a wild shot, but Maryland controls the offensive rebound. Vasquez with the feed to Williams and the big man scores plus the foul. You could tell the senior from Caracas was happy with that play.

Williams drains the freebie to complete the three-point play. Maryland is now up by 15 points.

7:29 p.m. — Mosley is such a fun player to watch. Though listed at 6-foot-4, you’ll find a tough time finding anyone that believes he’s actually that height when you stand right next to him. He plays much bigger than what he is.

The three-point play gives Maryland a 29-17 lead. We’ve reached an official timeout with 7:38 remaining.

7:27 p.m. — The Canes beat the press and find Dews for a wide-open triple.

On the other end, Bowie drives the lane and sticks the layup. Nice to see the aggressive drive from the reserve guard.

7:25 p.m. — Gregory hits the jumper in the lane to give the Terps an eight-point lead. The junior really seems to be finding his role in the rotation over the last few games. Getting more production from Gregory will be a major plus for the Terps moving forward in the conference.

7:23 p.m. — Hayes drains the triple, giving him eight points to lead the Terps in the first 10 minutes of the game.

However, Collins gets on the scoreboard with the dunk for the Canes.

7:21 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-12 media timeout with Maryland continuing to hold a lead over Miami, 17-12, with 11:07 remaining in the first half.

7:19 p.m. — Thomas is fouled by Milbourne on the 3-point attempt. The Terps have done a much better job defending the outside shot this year, but we’ve seen way too much of that over the last couple seasons. The senior forward hits all three shots from the line.

7:18 p.m. — Adrian Thomas drives the lane and is fouled by Hayes, sending the forward to the line for two. Thomas hits them both.

On the other end, Milbourne hits the one-hander in the lane. He has six points already.

Thomas answers with the 3-pointer, but Hayes hits one of his own for the Terps. The pace is really starting to pick up in this one.

7:15 p.m. — Dino Gregory has checked in and forces Collins to take an off-balanced fadeway that’s short. It leads to a Vasquez bucket, and the senior forces the turnover and scores again on the dunk. Timeout, Frank Haith. Miami is just reeling right now, already down 12-2 less than seven minutes into the game.

7:12 p.m. — Collins having all kinds of problems against Williams in the low post as the freshman ties him up.

We’ve reached the first media timeout with 14:43 remaining in the half. Maryland is out to a 8-2 lead over the struggling Canes.

7:10 p.m. — Vasquez drives the lane and is called for the player-control foul. Maryland is using the press early but not with the full intensity we’ve seen at times this year.

DeQuan Jones hits the first bucket of the game for the Canes as they went the first four minutes of the game without a point.

Hayes answers immediately at the other end.

7:08 p.m. — Collins has just checked into the game for the Canes. His time on the bench was short-lived.

Collins is subsequently called for the carry. Miami looking downright anemic on the offensive end right now.

7:06 p.m. — Just a great start for the Terps defensively, forcing a 35-second violation.

Milbourne misses the baseline jumper, but Jordan Williams is right there to clean it up and put it in. We’re seeing that more and more from the freshman big man.

4-0, Maryland.

7:04 p.m. — Maryland comes out playing man-to-man, forcing a miss on the inside off the Canes’ first possession.

Milbourne hits a soft jumper to get the Terps on the board. That shot is just pretty when he has it going.

7:02 p.m. — Miami will go with the black unis while the Terps wear the gold duds again. Milbourne will face off against Reggie Johnson to get this one underway.

I’m a bit surprised to see Dwayne Collins coming off the bench. Perhaps Haith is trying to change his team’s fortunes–or misfortunes–of the last couple weeks.

6:50 p.m. — Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Miami
G Durand Scott
G Malcolm Grant
G James Dews
F Cyrus McGowan
C Reggie Johnson

Maryland
G Eric Hayes
G Greivis Vasquez
G Sean Mosley
F Landon Milbourne
F Jordan Williams

6:40 p.m. — Maryland will again go with the gold uniforms against the Hurricanes tonight. After the dominating performance against the Wolfpack on Saturday night, it’s hard to argue with the wardrobe choice.

6:30 p.m. — Greetings from the Comcast Center in College Park as the first-place Maryland Terrapins (13-5, 3-1 ACC) prepare to close out a three-game homestand against Miami (15-4, 1-4 ACC) at 7 p.m.

Maryland is riding high, winners of five of its last six, and is clearly playing its best basketball of the season. The Terps find themselves in a first-place tie with Virginia atop the conference after an impressive 88-64 victory over NC State on Saturday evening in Gary Williams’ 1,000th career game.

Four Terps posted double figures in scoring (Greivis Vasquez leading the way with 19) against the Wolfpack as Maryland held NC State to 36 percent shooting and an anemic 27.8 percent in the second half.

While Maryland finds itself at the top of the ACC through the quarter pole, Miami is going in the other direction in last place with a 1-4 record. The Hurricanes have lost three in a row, their most recent loss coming against Boston College last Tuesday night. While three Canes average double-figure scoring—senior forward Dwayne Collins leading the way at 12.7 ppg—coach Frank Haith is still searching for that “go-to” scorer to replace Miami standout and Baltimore product Jack McClinton who graduated last season.

The ACC has not done Miami any favors in the early part of the ACC schedule as the Canes played three of its first four conference games on the road and now begins another stretch of three of four away from the BankUnited Center. Needless to say, it’s a dubious task and Miami has struggled mightily since getting off to a 14-1 start, albeit against a very soft non-conference schedule.

It goes without saying that Miami is a very desperate team right now, and Terps fans know all too well the difficulty Maryland has had against the Canes in recent years. The schools split a pair of games last season, but Miami has still won four of the past five meetings against the Terps. With a tough battle looming at hostile Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday night, Maryland cannot afford to overlook the struggling Hurricanes.

Tonight’s game will be televised on ESPNU with Rob Stone, Jon Barry, and Drew Barry calling the action.

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Terps tame Wolfpack 88-64, pull into 1st place tie in ACC

Posted on 23 January 2010 by Luke Jones

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Despite holding a 41-33 lead over NC State at the half, one had the sense Maryland was not satisfied with an eight-point advantage over the Wolfpack despite completely controlling the tempo of the first half.

The Terps responded with their most impressive half of the season, outscoring the Wolfpack 47-31 on 66.7 percent shooting in the second half and displaying a feverish intensity in an 88-64 rout at the Comcast Center. The win, coupled with a Virginia loss to Wake Forest earlier in the day, lands Maryland (13-5, 3-1 ACC) in a first-place tie with the Cavaliers in the ACC through the quarter pole of the schedule.

Greivis Vasquez exploded for 17 points in the second half after primarily looking to involve his teammates in the first half of play. The senior also did fine work in helping freshman forward Jordan Williams double-team Tracy Smith on several occasions, as the Maryland big man limited the Pack’s leading scorer to six points in the first half.

“I was just trying to get everyone involved and be a good leader and good point guard,” Vasquez said about his first-half effort. “[In the] second half, my mentality was a little different [scoring-wise].”

The Wolfpack could not match Maryland’s defensive intensity, shooting just 27.8 percent from the field in the second half and generally being outhustled by the Terps. Maryland repeatedly dove for loose balls throughout the evening, even drawing pronounced cheers from Ravens coach John Harbaugh (attending the game with owner Steve Bisciotti and coordinators Cam Cameron and Greg Mattison) on one occasion.

“What you try to preach is if the ball is in the paint, you’ve got to go get it,” said coach Gary Williams, coaching in his 1,000th career game.

Vasquez led the Terps with 19 points while Landon Milbourne scored 18 and Sean Mosley chipped in 13, getting to the line a game-high 13 times (8-for-13).

With Vasquez not looking for his shot in the first half, reserve guard Cliff Tucker took advantage of opportunities, coming off the bench to score nine points before the break and 11 for the game. Tucker’s continued improvement gives Maryland a dangerous threat off the bench that contributes on both ends of the floor. An improved attitude and effort during practice has pushed Tucker into his coach’s good graces and led to more minutes for the junior.

Although the Terps were clearly the better team on paper entering Saturday night’s game, they could not afford to allow Sidney Lowe’s team to build on the confidence gained from its upset over Duke on Wednesday night. Any lingering good feelings for the Wolfpack were squashed by Maryland’s dominant second-half performance.

“We talked at halftime about overcoming adversity and that just because they had their run, we couldn’t let them take over the game,” Tucker said. “We came out and wanted to put it away in the first five minutes [of the second half], and that’s what we did.”

Through the first quarter of the ACC schedule, parity reigns supreme as 10 of the 12 teams hold at least two losses, with Virginia (3-1) and the Terps being the only one-loss teams.

While Maryland has not faced the cream of the crop in the early part of the ACC schedule (Duke, Clemson, and Georgia Tech are my best guesses, but who can with this season?), the Terps are playing their best basketball of the season, having won eight of their last 10 and five of their last six. Only a narrow 85-83 overtime loss at Wake Forest has kept Maryland from an undefeated record in ACC play.

“We can’t get too happy, and we can’t get too low,” Vasquez said. “We’ve got to be in the middle. We’ve got to continue to finish strong and work hard, just like in practice.”

No one really knows just how well Maryland stacks up with the rest of the ACC, but it’s hard to argue with the Terps’ chances at this point. Next up will be Miami (15-4, 1-4 ACC) who comes to College Park to close out a three-game homestand for the Terps on Tuesday night.

“We have 12 [conference games] to play, so we just look at Miami and we’ll prepare just like we did for NC State,” Williams said. “We will be ready to go when we play on Tuesday, and we’ll take it from there.”

– Maryland’s win over NC State was its sixth in a row against the Wolfpack. The Terps’ longest streak against State is seven, a streak that extended from Jan. 29, 1983 to Feb. 27, 1985. The 24-point win is Maryland’s largest over an ACC opponent since a 91-52 victory over Clemson on Feb. 25, 2003.

– At 3-1, the Terps are off to their best start in the ACC since 2002-03.

– After six Terps reached double figures against Longwood on Tuesday, Maryland had four players reach double digits against NC State (Vasquez, Milbourne, Mosley, and Tucker).

– The Wolfpack had averaged 82.0 ppg over its previous three games, all against ranked ACC opponents, but the Maryland defense surrendered just 64 points in the impressive win. The Terps held NC State to just two fast-break points.

– Milbourne scored in double figures for the eighth straight game. The senior forward went 7-for-11 from the field and 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.

Check out the box score right here and the live blog below.

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8:00 p.m. — As I said in my pregame thoughts, the Terps were clearly the better team on paper, but you have to go out on the floor and take care of business against a team riding high after a big win. And that’s exactly what Maryland did tonight.

Final score: Maryland 88, NC State 64

Back in a little bit with my post-game wrap-up.

7:58 p.m. — David Pearman and Ersin Levent are set to check in. Typing that always gives me a fuzzy feeling inside, and it has nothing to do with any kind of man-crush before you ask questions.

7:54 p.m. — Gregory goes to the line for two and sinks them both. Maryland now leads by 25 points.

James Padgett has checked in for the Terps as has DeShawn Painter for the Wolfpack.

7:51 p.m. — Vasquez with an ill-advised, long 3-ball, and it’s good. Why not? The senior gives a shoulder shimmy just to add style points. He now has 17 points in the second half despite being in foul trouble. A tremendous performance from the senior.

We’ve reached the final media timeout of the second half with Maryland blowing NC State right out of the Comcast Center, 82-59 with 3:26 remaining.

7:49 p.m. — Tucket hits the jumper to push the lead up to 22 points. In limited minutes, the reserve guard has 11 points and has played with plenty of confidence. Definitely a good sign for the Terps as they get into the meat of the ACC schedule.

7:47 p.m. — Mosley finds Gregory inside, and the junior forward scores.

On the other end, the Terps cannot control the glass, allowing State to grab two offensive boards and Smith to finish the possession with a bucket.

Mosley with a tremendous bounce pass to Bowie who scores plus one. Just a pretty play right there.

7:45 p.m. — To say that Gary Williams didn’t like that call would be an understatement, don’t you think?

7:44 p.m. — Vasquez just picked up the offensive foul, his fourth, and he’ll go to the bench.

Mosley picks up the foul, sending Horner to the line for two shots. The senior hits a pair to give him four points on a very quiet night.

7:39 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout with the Terps in completely control of this one with 7:58 remaining. Maryland leads the Pack, 72-51.

7:37 p.m. — Hayes with the give to Milbourne who goes up and underneath for the reverse layup, giving the Terps a 19-point lead. With 8:25 remaining, the Wolfpack need to make a run soon if it wants a chance to come back in this one.

Howell goes to the line for two and misses them both. That won’t get it done.

The Terps work it up the floor, and Vasquez scores with the left hand. Maryland leads by 21 points at 72-51. Timeout, NC State.

7:33 p.m. — You can tell Lowe told his team to work the ball inside to Smith at halftime. The forward is barely keeping his team in it in the second half, scoring eight points already.

7:31 p.m. — You have to be impressed with the Terps’ energy tonight after this team has been accused by many—including me—of coming out flat in several big games this season. Diving for loose balls has been a pretty regular scene tonight, and you could tell Gary Williams appreciated the effort on that last possession.

7:30 p.m. — Making up for some earlier misses, Mosley drains them both, and the Terps lead by 18 points.

Williams goes up to defend the Smith shot and appears to block the shot but catches some contact, drawing his second foul of the evening. Smith makes them both for the Pack.

7:27 p.m. — Mosley again takes the ball to the hole and is fouled. He’ll go to the line for two more after the media timeout.

Maryland leads North Carolina State with 11:42 remaining in the second half, 61-45.

7:25 p.m. — Mosley has clearly shown in the last two games that he appears fully-recovered from the ankle sprain sustained on Christmas night. However, he’s struggling from the charity stripe tonight, shooting just 4-for-9.

7:23 p.m. — Milbourne drains another jumper, and Maryland is just dominating the second half to this point.

However, Howell scores inside to quiet the crowd momentarily.

To answer, Vasquez scores AGAIN. He has 10 points in the first seven minutes of the second half.

7:22 p.m. — Off the in-bounds play, Hayes finds a wide-open Vasquez who drains the 3-pointer from the corner. The senior from Caracas, Venezuela is absolutely on fire out of the gate here in the second half as he now has 10 points in the game.

7:21 p.m. — Vasquez checks back in after a very brief breather, and Milbourne hits the jumper, giving him 14 in the game.

On the other end, Williams picks up his first roul, sending Howell to the line for two shots. The big freshman cannot hit the first but converts the second to make it a 13-point game.

7:18 p.m. — Mosley can only hit 1-of-2 from the line. That’s his third trip to the line tonight in which he’s made the first but come up short on the second.

7:16 p.m. — Mosley with a great head fake and draws the foul on the jumper. We’ve reached the first media timeout of the second half with 15:58 to go in this one. Maryland leads the Wolfpack, 51-38, and Mosley will go to the line for two.

7:14 p.m. — After a relatively quiet first half, Vasquez is really starting to pick it up as he just scored on the runner. He has five points in the first four minutes of the half.

Milbourne picks up the foul inside, sending Smith to the line for two, and the junior hits them both.

Mosley cans the three on the other end, and Maryland is red-hot to begin the half.

7:13 p.m. — Vasquez just picked up his third foul. The senior will have to be careful as we’ve just started the second half.

Following the miss, Vasquez dribbles down court the other way, pulls up, and drills the triple. Maryland’s up by 13 points, and it’s danger time for the Wolfpack.

Wood hits a 3-pointer of his own for NC State, a big shot for Sidney Lowe’s team.

7:11 p.m. — Williams continues to do a fine job guarding Smith as he stood his ground and forced a harmless shot attempt from the Pack’s leading scorer.

Milbourne scores on the other end, and the Maryland lead is up to 10.

7:09 p.m. — State gets the ball to begin the second half, and Gonzalez is way off with the long attempt, barely hitting the rim.

Milbourne is whistled for the travel on the Terps’ first possession of the second half.

7:06 p.m. — Both teams are back on the floor, and we’re moments away from the start of the second half.

Maryland needs to continue to work the ball inside for high-percentage shots. Jordan Williams and Milbourne have been very effective in the paint, as the pair combined for 18 points and eight rebounds in the first half.

6:56 p.m. — The Terps frontcourt—mainly Jordan Williams—has done a fine job guarding Tracy Smith in the paint. The Wolfpack’s leading scorer has only six points at the half.

6:53 p.m. — Be sure to check out the halftime stats right here at WNST.net.

6:52 p.m. — An absolutely silly foul by Degand with 2.3 seconds left. It will give Hayes two shots. He makes them both.

Gonzalez throws up a shot from beyond half-court and it goes in and out. Wow, that was very close.

We’ve reached the end of the first half with Maryland controlling the tempo for most of the way. The Terps lead the Wolfpack at the break, 41-33.

6:50 p.m. — Tracy Smith grabs the offensive board and scores inside for the Pack. Maryland has done a nice job of controlling the glass, but that trip down the court will not make Gary Williams very happy.

Hayes draws the foul with 11.8 seconds to go and goes to the line for 1-and-1. The senior guard drills them both to make it 39-33.

6:49 p.m. — The Terps cannot connect on several opportunities in the paint (sure looked like some contact on Mosley’s second shot), but Milbourne draws the foul and will go to the line for two.

The senior forward hits a pair of freebies to build the lead to seven points as Maryland will press.

Richard Howell gets the ball in the low post and scores inside plus the foul. The foul is on Vasquez, his second of the night. Hayes will come in to prevent Vasquez from picking up a third foul in the final minute of the half.

6:45 p.m. — Gonzalez hits the trey, and suddenly the Wolfpack are within five points of the Terps.NC State is on a modest 5-0 run with 2:07 remaining in the half.

6:43 p.m. — Tucker cannot complete the 3-point play, and Tracy Smith finds room inside and scores for the Pack.

On the next possession, Milbourne cannot hit the 3-ball. You’d love to see the Terps finish the half strong and build a double-digit at the break.

6:41 pm. — Tucker has checked back into the game as Vasquez hits the baseline jumper to grow the lead back to eight. The Terps force the turnover and Milbourne finds the streaking Tucker going to the basket. The reverse layup is good, and the foul! Tucker is having a monster night with nine points already in limited minutes.

Maryland leads by 10 as we’ve reached the final media timeout of the half. The Terps lead NC State, 33-23 with 3:47 remaining.

6:37 p.m. — Vasquez with a gorgeous pass to Milbourne in transition, and the senior forward finishes the lay-in.

A possession later, Williams gets another bucket inside. The Terps continue to get opportunities in the paint and the freshman big man has eight points in the first half.

6:34 p.m. — Mosley goes to the line and connects on the first but can’t hit the second.

Vasquez picks up the foul as he cannot turn around in transition. I’d say Williams just “challenged” Scott Wood’s jumper as it looked like he was trying to shoot at a 6-foot basket.

6:30 p.m. — After a beautiful drive, Hayes has to finish that layup.

Richard Howell hits the jumper with Dino Gregory right in his face.

The Terps push it hard up the floor as Mosley draws the foul inside. We’ve reached the under-8 timeout with Maryland continuing to lead the way, 24-18 with 7:55 remaining in the first half.

6:27 p.m. — Hayes with a nice feed inside to Williams who just checked back into the game. He has been an absolute force in the early stages of this one.

State turns it over again and looks lost in its half-court offense.

6:26 p.m. — State is having SERIOUS difficulty against the Maryland defense as it was unable to create anything out of the half-court set. Unfortunately, Milbourne cannot hit the jumper on the other end.

Following a State bucket, Tucker hits another jumper from the foul line. He has seven points already. This Maryland team is very dangerous if it can get that kind of production out of Tucker off the bench.

6:23 p.m. — The Terps lead NC State, 20-12, at the second media timeout with 11:57 remaining. You have to be happy with the quick start and an opportunity to pull into a first-place tie in the ACC standings.

6:21 p.m. — Tucker gets his hands on an errant pass, leading to a wide-open look for Eric Hayes, and the senior connects! Comcast is on its feet!

Following another Pack turnover, the Terps push it up the floor but turn it over themselves. The Terps are definitely playing with the serious energy I called for going into this one.

6:19 p.m. — Tracy Smith gets on the board for the Wolfpack with Williams helping out defensively on the other side of the court. Milbourne answers on the other end with the jumper.

Following the miss, Tucker hits the 3-ball to put the Terps up, 17-10. The junior continues to show an impressive shot from beyond the arc in recent weeks. Timeout, Sidney Lowe.

6:16 p.m. — John Harbaugh was just introduced during the last timeout to a massive ovation here in College Park. I heard just a few jeers from obvious Redskins fans, but who cares about them?

6:14 p.m. — Cliff Tucker has checked into the game as Gary Williams seems to be more confident in going to the junior guard than he was earlier in the season and in the past. Tucker simply needs to produce when give the opportunities.

We’ve reached our first media timeout of the evening with Maryland and NC State deadlocked at 8-8.

6:13 p.m. — Wood picks up the foul for NC State, sending Mosley to the foul line. The Baltimore native hits 1-of-2 from the charity stripe.

Williams challenges the shot on the other end, forcing an air ball and grabbing another board.

6:10 p.m. — Mosley misses the jumper from the foul line, but Williams pulls down the offensive board and puts it in. The freshman continues to impress and show more aggression.

On the other end, Horner hits the basket to tie it at 5.

Jordan Williams with ANOTHER bucket for the Terps. He’s off to a strong start, and the Comcast crowd loves it.

6:09 p.m. — With the shot clock winding down, Javier Gonzalez forces up a three and it’s an air ball. Thirty-five second violation.

The Terps work the ball up quickly with Jordan Williams unable to finish the layup, but Mosley is there to clean it up plus the foul! The sophomore hits the freebie to complete the 3-point play, and we’re tied.

NC State has trouble getting the ball in-bounds and must use a 30-second timeout.

6:07 p.m. — Maryland comes out playing man-to-man with Jordan Williams drawing the key assignment of guarding Tracy Smith in the paint. Following an offensive rebound for the Wolfpack, Degand hits a triple for the first points of the evening.

Milbourne cannot hit the jump hook in the paint.

6:00 p.m. — Just a reminder to follow Glenn Clark’s updates on Twitter (@WNST) throughout the game.

5:57 p.m. — You can certainly tell the spring semester is about to get underway. After an empty “Wall” on Tuesday night against Longwood (granted, the competition was less than stellar), the students are back in full force for this ACC matchup.

5:54 p.m. — With Virginia trailing by double digits with a minute remaining in Winston-Salem, the Terps can move into a tie for first place with a victory over the Wolfpack this evening.

5:51 p.m. — Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

NC State
G Javier Gonzalez
G Farnold Degand
F Scott Wood
F Tracy Smith
F Dennis Horner

Maryland
G Eric Hayes
G Greivis Vasquez
G Sean Mosley
F Landon Milbourne
F Jordan Williams

5:48 p.m. — Adding to the list of celebrities in attendance tonight, former Maryland Terp and MLB pitcher Eric Milton is here and was just recognized by the university.

5:43 p.m. — Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison are in attendance for tonight’s game. I’m guessing owner Steve Bisciotti had few problems hooking up his coordinators with tickets for this one.

5:40 p.m. — Tonight’s game marks the 145th meeting between the Wolfpack and the Terps with the overall series tied at 72 wins apiece. Maryland has won 15 of the past 20 meetings and the last five in a row.

5:35 p.m. — Maryland has just taken the floor for pre-game warmups sporting the gold uniforms that seemingly became a staple down the stretch last season after the huge overtime win against North Carolina. I cannot say I’m a big fan of the look, but if it brings a win tonight, you’ll hear no complaints from me.

5:30 p.m. — Happy Saturday from the Comcast Center as the Wolfpack of NC State (13-6, 2-3 ACC) come to College Park for a nationally-televised game against the Terrapins (12-5, 2-1 ACC) at 6:00 p.m.

The Terps resume their ACC schedule after what amounted to a glorified scrimmage against Longwood on Tuesday, destroying the Lancers by a score of 106-55 and seeing six players reach double-digit scoring. Maryland currently sits in second place in the conference and would move into a tie with Virginia for first place with a win and a Cavaliers’ loss to Wake Forest this afternoon. The Cavs are getting absolutely pasted in Winston-Salem as I type this, so the Terps simply need to hold up their end of the bargain.

It’s clear the ACC’s picture grows murkier by the week with the massive struggle of North Carolina and Duke currently holding a 3-2 conference record. While Maryland has yet to secure that “wow” victory in the young season, the Terps certainly find themselves in the mix at the quarter pole.

While the Wolfpack was a consensus choice to finish in the bottom third of the ACC entering the season, Sidney Lowe’s squad upset Duke on Wednesday and lost a close 73-70 battle to Clemson last Saturday. Maryland clearly holds the edge on paper and on the sideline with Gary Williams matching up against Lowe, but the Terps have to start fast to prevent NC State from carrying over the good feeling it created against the Blue Devils.

NC State is led by junior forward Tracy Smith who averages 17.2 points per game and 8.6 rebounds while senior forward Dennis Horner (12.9 ppg) provides additional production in the frontcourt. Point guard Javier Gonzalez leads the Wolfpack half-court offense, averaging 4.7 assists per game and shooting 38 percent from 3-point range.

Tonight’s game is nationally-televised on ESPN2 with Mike Patrick and Maryland great Len Elmore providing the call.

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Terps demolish Longwood, 106-55

Posted on 19 January 2010 by Luke Jones

***Don’t forget to head to the Audio Vault to hear from Gary Williams, Sean Mosley, Jordan Williams, and James Padgett following the win over Longwood.***

As much as fans thrive on the feel-good stories of David going against Goliath in the world of sports, 99 times out of 100 the giant ends up crushing the shepherd boy with one violent blow.

Longwood, one of only six independent schools in Division I men’s basketball, came into College Park with the dream of an upset victory over a power-conference school, but the Terps immediately crushed those hopes, pummeling the Lancers, 106-55, at the Comcast Center on Tuesday night.

Six Terrapins scored in double figures with Sean Mosley leading the way with 21 points on 8-for-8 shooting. Maryland jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first three minutes of the game and never looked back on its way to a 51-point victory.

“I was pleased that we got off to a good start,” coach Gary Williams said about the dominating performance. “We didn’t let it get sloppy after we got a lead.”

Truthfully, the game more closely resembled a staged match-up between the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals than a Division I basketball game. Every active player on the roster (Steve Goins is sidelined with a knee injury) got on the scoreboard for the Terps as they now look ahead to resuming the ACC schedule against NC State on Saturday.

It’s difficult to take much of anything away from a win over a hapless school, but the most encouraging sign may have been the play of Mosley. The sophomore had averaged only 7.6 points per game in five contests after suffering a sprained ankle on Christmas, but Mosley showed an improved shooting touch Tuesday night, hitting several perimeter shots. The Baltimore native has been putting in extra time on his shooting, working out in the Comcast Center late Sunday night, to regain the improved touch he displayed earlier in the season.

“I didn’t realize I was 8-for-8 tonight,” Mosley said about his performance. “That’s what happens when things are going your way and your shots are falling. I think I did a great job by getting open and guys getting down the court.”

In addition to Mosley’s improved shooting, freshman forward James Padgett brought a stronger presence in the paint, scoring 10 points and grabbing seven rebounds against the smaller Longwood forwards. Fellow freshman Jordan Williams continued to show why he’s the most dominant player in the Maryland frontcourt by scoring 13 points and securing 10 rebounds. Unlike Williams, Padgett has struggled to find minutes in the first three ACC games but took advantage of his 20 minutes on Tuesday night.

“Hopefully [Padgett] can do the same things when we go against bigger teams,” Gary Williams said about the reserve big man. “We need him to step up now.”

The win against Longwood does little for the Terrapins other than to build momentum for the final 13 games of the regular season, all ACC games. The mood around the team is upbeat after the convincing win at Boston College on Saturday and a strong start to the three-game homestand against the Lancers (with NC State and Miami next up).

There will be no more gimmes as the Terps have finished the non-conference schedule and will likely need to finish no worse than 9-7 in the ACC to give themselves a realistic chance for the NCAA tournament.

“I think we did a good job,” Jordan Williams said. “We didn’t care who they were. We wanted to play hard, and I think we did tonight.”

– Maryland reached the 100-point mark for the first time since a 101-50 victory over UMKC on Dec. 13, 2006. The 51-point win tied the largest margin of victory in the history of Comcast Center (also against UMKC).

The 106 points was the most scored by a Maryland team since a 111-85 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 18, 2005.

– Landon Milbourne grabbed the 400th rebound of his career and had a strong start in Tuesday’s win. The senior forward scored 11 of the team’s first 25 points and did not miss a shot until 7:20 remaining in the first half. Milbourne had 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting.

– Jordan Williams posted his second double-double of the season (the first against Villanova) with 13 points and 10 boards.

– Maryland had six players score in double figures: Mosley (21), Milbourne (19), Williams (13), Eric Hayes (10), Greivis Vasquez (10), and Padgett (10).

It’s the first time six players have scored in double figures for the Terps since Nov. 21, 2008.

– The Terps scored a season-high 68 points in the paint as they effectively ran the half-court offense and got to the basket in transition.

– All 11 Terps who played against Longwood scored at least one point.

– The Terps outrebounded the Lancers, 52-35, marking the fifth time in six games Maryland has won the rebounding battle.

Check out the final stats right here and the live blog below.

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9:56 p.m. — This one is FINALLY over. The Terps win a laugher, beating Longwood by a score of 106-55.

Back in a bit with the post-game wrap.

9:54 p.m. — Levent drains his first free throw, and every Terp has got on the scoreboard in this one. Doesn’t happen very often, so it’s great to see the end of the bench get some love.

9:53 p.m. — Got to run something for Levent in the final minute here. He’s the only Terp not to score in this one.

9:52 p.m. — The fans chanting for Ersin Levent, as Pearman scores and is fouled. Good for him.

105-53 with 1:28 remaining.

9:50 p.m. — Padgett throws one away trying to get it inside to Gregory. The freshman has had a strong night, but you know his coach doesn’t want to see carelessness with the basketball.

9:47 p.m. — A THUNDEROUS dunk by Gregory off the Bowie miss. That one will give the Terps a season-high 100 points in this one.

As mentioned earlier, the previous mark came against Winston-Salem State.

9:45 p.m. — With two free throws, Mosley now has a game-high 21 points. Very strong night for the Baltimore native.

And the eruption from the crowd signals the entry of Levent and Pearman into the game. Nice to see those two get the last 4:35 to play in this one.

9:43 p.m. — It’s been a very quiet night for Vasquez, but he’s just scored five points on the last two possessions. A one-hander in the lane followed by a triple gives the senior 10 points for the game.

The Terps now have an astonishing six players in double figures.

And on that note, I think we’ve seen the last of Vasquez, Hayes, and Milbourne for the night as they’re replaced by Jordan Williams, Tucker, and Bowie.

9:39 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout with Maryland ahead, 88-48.

You would have to think Gary Williams will be pulling his starters very shortly. No need to risk a freak injury as the team gets back into the ACC schedule against NC State on Saturday evening.

9:37 p.m. — Maryland has looked a little sloppy over the last few minutes as the Lancers have cut the lead to 38 points. Hard to keep your focus with a 40-plus point lead.

Padgett scores inside to give him 10 points and to get the lead back to 40.

9:32 p.m. — Milbourne drains a pair of free throws, giving him 18 points for the game despite four personal fouls.

9:29 p.m. — With Maryland at the 82-point mark with 11:26 remaining in the game, it’s safe to assume the Terps will eclipse the previous season high of 98 points scored against Winston-Salem State on December 22.

For those wondering, the school record for points scored in a game is 138 against Morgan State in the fall of 1994. I’m guessing Joe Smith had his fair share of those.

9:26 p.m. — We’ve reached another official timeout with Maryland holding on to a 43-point lead.

In all seriousness, you have to feel for Mike Gillian and his Longwood kids. Not only do they face the prospect of having no chance at making the tournament as an independent, but it cannot be easy to go up against high-profile schools and get thoroughly embarrassed.

9:23 p.m. — Tucker with the acrobatic layup. This one’s little more than a scrimmage against the junior varsity at this point. And I think I’m being kind in saying that.

78-37, Terps lead with 13:02 remaining. Maryland has outscored Longwood in the second half, 21-7.

9:19 p.m. — Gregory with the thunderous dunk off the Bowie miss. That one brings the relaxed crowd to its feet in a hurry!

9:17 p.m. — We’ve reached the first media timeout of the half with Maryland leading the Lancers, 71-34.

9:14 p.m. — Jordan Williams just owning the paint tonight. The freshman now has 12 points.

9:13 p.m. — Maryland is on a 10-2 run to begin the second half and now leads by 35. This just isn’t fair.

9:10 p.m. — The second half is underway, and if you’re still watching this one, you’re a HUGE Terps fan or just really bored.

Either way, I’m glad you’re still with me if you’re reading.

9:07 p.m. — Three questions for the second half:

1. Will the Terps break the 100-point mark?

2. How many minutes will Ersin Levent and David Pearman see?

3. Will Glenn Clark sneak out to go watch his man-crush Andy Roddick in the Australasian Open?

9:00 p.m. — Check out the first half stats right here.

8:58 p.m. — Two area youth teams are playing a quick scrimmage on the Comcast floor as I type. Rumors are floating around that the winner will take on the Lancers in the second half.

I hear Longwood is getting seven points against the yellow team.

8:52 p.m. — Off the in-bounds pass, Bowie is wide-open for the layup. That was embarrassingly easy.

However, Ian Persaud scores on the layup in the final two seconds. That’s not something you want to see to close out the half.

We’ve reached halftime, and this one has gone exactly as we though it would. Maryland leads the Lancers, 57-30.

8:50 p.m. — And as I just complimented the freshman, a pass goes right through his hands. Ugh.

Mosley finds the cutting Hayes who draws the foul on the floor. The Terps are now in the double bonus with one minute to play. Hayes drains them both.

8:47 p.m. — Padgett gets the ball inside and draws the foul. Yes, it’s a terrible opponent, but it’s nice to see Padgett play with aggression, something missing from his game since the early stages of the season.

The frosh makes the second free throw to give the Terps a 27-point lead.

8:45 p.m. — I think we’ve seen every possible combination of Maryland’s nine-man rotation in the first half.

I’d say it’s a safe bet we’ll see David Pearman and Ersin Levent in the second half.

8:43 p.m. — We’ve reached the final media timeout of the first half with Maryland simply dominating the Lancers. It’s 50-24 with 3:46 remaining.

I’m definitely keeping an eye on Georgia Tech-Clemson. Tech holds a three-point lead with eight minutes to play. The Yellow Jackets are playing very good basketball. Just imagine if they had a better backcourt.

8:40 p.m. — Mosley with an easy take to the basket, giving him 10 points on the night.

Following some good defense by Gregory in the low post, Mosley buries a three for the Terps to give them a 25-point lead. The sophomore form Baltimore has shot well against lesser competition this year, but it’d be nice to see that same perimeter game against the tougher opponents of the ACC.

We shall see, I suppose.

8:36 p.m. — Milbourne is having a brilliant game with 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting. The undersized forward just thrives against smaller teams.

The Terps are shooting 62 percent from the field.

8:34 p.m. — Bowie forces the steal, leading to a made jumper by Mosley. Bowie has definitely played better on the defensive end in recent games, as it seems the junior is good for a couple steals every game.

Milbourne hits a three, but the Maryland native Swecker hits one of his own for the Lancers.

We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout with the Terps comfortably ahead, 44-23, with 7:10 remaining.

8:31 p.m. — Padgett with a very nice block, but Tucker throws it away trying to force a pass into the paint. That won’t make Gary Williams very happy.

It was interesting to see Padgett and Williams on the floor at the same time before Williams picked up his second foul, earning him a trip to the bench.

8:28 p.m. — Padgett has checked into the game, and the frosh scores inside. While tonight’s game is shaping up to be a laugher, it’s a huge opportunity for Padgett to earn some more minutes.

Following a Tucker missed three, Padgett grabs the offensive board and scores…plus one!

We’ve reached the second media timeout with Maryland cruising to a 36-15 lead with 10:19 remaining in the first half. The Terps are currently on pace to score over 140 points. Might be a record.

8:24 p.m. — Antwan Carter gets the ball inside and takes it to the hole. The Lancers have broken double digits.

Following another Tucker basket, the Lancers’ Martiz Washington scores.

Definitely a very quick pace to this one with the Terps clearly coming up on the positive end.

8:21 p.m. — Bowie, Tucker, and Dino Gregory have checked into the game for the Terps. It’s fair to say all three have struggled this season, so you’d love to see them build some confidence against an inferior opponent tonight.

Milbourne hits another mid-range jumper, and Maryland leads, 25-6.

8:19 p.m. — Milbourne drains the baseline jumper, and the Lancers cannot buy a bucket.

A moment later, Milbourne is fouled on the off-balanced jumper. Count it, and the foul. The senior hits the freebie to complete the three-point play.

8:15 p.m. — Despite the strong start by the Terps, Vasquez is struggling early. The senior is 0-for-4 already by my count.

It’s 18-5 less than four minutes into the game.

8:13 p.m. — Vasquez with a nice cut to the basket but misses the layup. However, the Terps grab the offensive board and Williams finishes with the powerful, two-handed dunk!

Maryland up on the Lancers, 12-3, already. The Terps are just overwhelming the Lancers, as expected. They’re having serious problems against the press and have turned it over a few times already.

8:11 p.m. — Smith is called for the foul trying to fight for the offensive rebound against Mosley. I imagine we’ll see a lot of that tonight.

Vasquez misses his second inside attempt, but Jordan Williams grabs the offensive board and puts it in.

8:09 p.m. — The Terps control the opening tip, and Hayes draws an early foul on Swecker. With Maryland winning the rebounding battle against Wake and Boston College in the last two games, there’s no excuse not to do it again tonight.

Hayes drains both, and it’s 2-0, Terps.

8:06 p.m. — Maryland will sport the home whites this evening while the Lancers will wear their road blues.

We’re almost set for tip-off.

Don’t forget to follow our updates on Twitter (@ WNST) throughout the evening.

8:03 p.m. — It’s worth noting that Longwood has three players from the state of Maryland. Robinson (Columbia) and Swecker (Manchester) are in the starting lineup, and reserve Ian Persaud hails from Landover.

7:56 p.m. — It’s easy to see the spring semester has not started yet as you could count the number of students sitting in the “Wall” without any problem.

Classes resume next Monday, but hopefully the students will return in full force for Saturday’s game against NC State.

7:52 p.m. — Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Longwood
G E.J. Dawson
G Aaron Mitchell
G Kevin Swecker
F Dana Smith
F Billy Robinson Jr.

Maryland
G Eric Hayes
G Greivis Vasquez
G Sean Mosley
F Landon Milbourne
C Jordan Williams

7:39 p.m. — Taking a look at the Lancers’ projected starting lineup, their tallest starter is Billy Robinson Jr., a 6-foot-7 forward (Columbia, Md.).

With all due respect to Gillian’s squad, as Longwood goes through pregame lay-up drills, it more closely resembles a high school team in terms of size. As Comcast Morning Show host Drew Forrester would say, “That’s not a low blow, just a fact.”

And speaking of being small, the crowd at Comcast more closely resembles a high school one less than 30 minutes away from tip-off. I think I can hear individual conversations going on as we speak.

7:30 p.m. — Greetings from the Comcast Center as the Terps (11-5, 2-1) take a brief respite from conference play to host the independent Longwood Lancers (4-14).

Maryland is fresh off its 73-57 road win against Boston College on Saturday afternoon and will resume the ACC schedule with a home contest against NC State on Saturday evening. Tonight’s game will mark the last non-conference contest for the Terps as they’ll finish the regular season with 13-straight conference games.

Greivis Vasquez led the way with 17 points on Saturday as the Terps controlled the tempo from the get-go while reserves Adrian Bowie (15 points) and Cliff Tucker (14 points) turned in strong performances off the bench.

I’m not going to pretend to hype this game as anymore than what it is—a non-conference game against an independent team that can only dream of making the NCAA Tournament. However, Longwood is clearly treating this game as its “Big Dance” while the Terps are looking ahead to their meeting with the Wolfpack on Saturday and the rest of the ACC schedule.

The Lancers have lost notable games to Virginia (85-72), Navy (79-76), Old Dominion (98-59), and William & Mary (84-65) as coach Mike Gillian is clearly desperate to secure any victory against a notable school in hopes of enticing a conference to expand and offer an invitation. Longwood is one of only six independent schools in Division I basketball.

John Feinstein wrote an interesting article about Gillian’s uphill battle to build an independent program following a narrow 81-80 loss to Navy last December. While highly unlikely, a miracle win over the Terps could just be the signature win the school needs to persuade a conference to open its arms and give the Lancers a real opportunity to eventually earn a trip to the tournament.

And for Maryland, tonight is solely about staying healthy and getting some quality minutes for a young player such as James Padgett. The freshman big man played only four minutes against Boston College as coach Gary Williams has cited the need for Padgett to earn his minutes by producing when he gets opportunities. He should get that chance tonight and needs to capitalize to earn more minutes in ACC play.

Tonight’s game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet with Steve Buckhantz and Ron Thompson providing the call.

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Scrappy Terps come up short in OT, fall to Wake Forest, 85-83

Posted on 12 January 2010 by Luke Jones

Over the final 25 minutes of regulation, the Terps played the “rope-a-dope” against the bigger Demon Deacons.

After the Terps jumped out to a 23-15 lead in the first half, a 15-4 Wake Forest run erased the advantage and seemingly put Maryland on the verge of a blowout loss. However, every time it appeared Wake Forest was ready to seize complete control and put Maryland away, the Terps grabbed the loose ball, capitalized with a put-back, or forced a turnover, keeping themselves within striking distance despite shooting only 40 percent from the field and struggling with their half-court offense.

The scrappy effort—and huge 3-point baskets by Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes in the final minutes—landed the Terps temporary leads and eventually into overtime before Maryland lost its punching power, falling to Wake Forest, 85-83.

As has been the case for much of his four-year career in College Park, Greivis Vasquez kept the Terps (10-5, 1-1) in the game seemingly by himself, scoring 30 points and handing out seven assists. Unfortunately, even Vasquez ran out of gas in overtime, shooting only 1-for-6 and missing a key free throw. The senior missed a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining before Sean Mosley missed another, ending Maryland’s hopes of stealing a huge ACC road win.

Expectations were relatively high for this year’s team with experts pointing to the Terps’ experience—led by seniors Vasquez, Hayes, and Milbourne—as the main reason, but none of the three had what it took to get Maryland over the hump in overtime, as they combined for only three points in the extra period.

Aside from their late second-half heroics, Milbourne and Hayes were quiet throughout the night, as the undersized Milbourne (11 points on 5-for-15 shooting) wore down against the Deacons’ frontcourt and Hayes (8 points) never got into the flow of the game after first-half foul trouble.

And while Mosley (8 points, 13 rebounds) looked to be emerging earlier in the season as a consistent scoring option to complement Vasquez, the sophomore hasn’t looked the same since spraining his ankle in practice on Christmas night. Mosley has averaged just 8 points per game since coming back from the injury, though his defensive prowess cannot be overlooked.

So, once again, it was Vasquez needing to do it. It’s no secret the Terps live and die with the senior from Caracas, Venezuela, but it’s clear no one other than Vasquez could step up to help secure the win Tuesday night. To his credit, freshman Jordan Williams (12 points) stood his ground against the imposing Wake big men, but it was hardly enough to compensate for the Terps’ other deficiencies in the paint.

Maryland clearly lacks the talent of a young big man such as Al-Farouq Aminu (24 points and 13 rebounds) who can seemingly take over a game in the low post, so it must rely on its transition game and experience to come up big on the road. And while Vasquez did it for most of the night, his effort alone wasn’t enough.

It may not have been a game the Terps were expected—or even needed—to win, but it hurts knowing they came so painfully close to the knockout and a road win, something the Terps will need to do at least a few times this season if they want to be “dancing” in March.

Tuesday night could have been an impressive win to jump-start another NCAA tournament push, but instead, it will simply go down as a blown opportunity for the Terrapins.

Check out the final stats right here and the live blog below.

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10:28 p.m. — SO close, but the Terps come up just short.

Mosley got a great look on the 3-pointer off the dribble after grabbing the rebound off the Vasquez miss.

Maryland falls in overtime, 85-83.

I agree with Gary Williams’ decision to go for the victory there. Just wish it had been a different result.

Back shortly with some final post-game thoughts.

10:24 p.m. — Smith hits the off-balanced runner to give Wake the lead at 85-83.

I don’t know how he made that.

Timeout, Maryland, with 14.8 seconds remaining. You would have to think Vasquez gets the ball here.

10:22 p.m. — A Vasquez foul sends Aminu to the line for two. He makes 1-of-2.

On the other end, Jordan Williams gets the tip-in off the Vasquez miss to tie it at 83!

10:20 p.m. — Two poor shots by Vasquez on that possession. No other way to describe it.

Maryland trails 82-81 with 1:01 remaining.

10:19 p.m. — Maryland gets out in transition, and Mosley takes it to the hole and draws the foul.

Can we PLEASE make our free throws?

Mosley drains both of them to make it a one-point game.

10:17 p.m. — Aminu picks up his fourth foul, sending Vasquez to the line. The senior misses the first but gets the second. Free throw shooting letting the Terps down here in overtime.

10:16 p.m. — Vasquez tries to draw the foul and puts up an air ball. Mosley grabs the offensive board but steps on the line. Gary Williams does not like the call.

Stewart hits another jumper, and Wake leads by 4.

10:14 p.m. — Ari Stewart gets the jumper to fall to give Wake a lead of 80-78 with 3:09 remaining. Timeout, Maryland.

10:13 p.m. — Williams misses two free throws. That hurts.

10:12 p.m. — Aminu hits a pair of freebies, and we’re tied at 78 with 3:45 to play.

10:10 p.m. — Vasquez hits the first basket of overtime to give Maryland the lead.

Wake cannot generate any offense on the other end, but the Deacons grab the offensive board. Following another miss, Milbourne pulls the board but travels with it.

Jordan Williams returns, giving Maryland a big lineup, but a few seconds later, Gregory fouls out. So much for the big lineup.

10:08 p.m. — As Glenn Clark pointed out on our Twitter feed (@WNST), it was hard not to think about another contest down in Winston-Salem when Laron Profit hit a game-winnter against Wake. Too bad we didn’t see a similar ending, but we’ll take overtime.

10:05 p.m. — OVERTIME. You’d like to get a better look than a Sean Mosley fadeaway jumper, but it was the right play by Vasquez to dish it to him.

10:04 p.m. — Aminu hits the free throw to tie the game. Timeout is called by Dino Gaudio.

10:03 p.m. — Vasquez with a huge jumper to regain the lead for the Terps.

A few moments later, Aminu pump fakes and draws a foul from Milbourne on a 3-point shot. A terrible play from a senior in that spot.

Aminu misses the first, makes the second, and Gary Williams will use a timeout to ice the sophomore on the third one.

10:00 p.m. — McFarland gets the tip-in off the Smith miss. Tie game.

9:59 p.m. — Hayes with a big three to give Maryland a 74-72 lead.

Maryland’s other seniors have finally emerged after quiet nights.

9:58 p.m. — Harris is fouled by Vasquez, and the frosh hits both free throws to give Wake a two-point lead.

Hayes cannot hit a deep three, but Milbourne chases it down. A moment later, Milbourne hits a THREE to give Maryland a one-point lead!

9:55 p.m. — Milbourne with a HUGE jumper from the corner to tie it at 65.

Harris hits another three to immediately grab the lead back, but Vasquez hits a three of his own. WOW!

9:53 p.m. — We’ve reached the final media timeout of the second half with Maryland trailing Wake, 65-63, with 3:54 to play.

What more could the Terps ask for despite shooting only 38 percent from the field in this one?

9:51 p.m. — Vasquez almost hits the runner in the lane after being fouled by L.D. Williams, his fifth foul. That’s a big loss for the Deacons.

The senior hits both free throws, cutting the lead to two. Maryland continues to hang right there despite their offensive woes.

9:49 p.m. — Another offensive rebound for the Deacons will send L.D. Williams to the charity stripe. He makes 1-of-2 to push the lead to four points.

9:47 p.m. — Vasquez has now gone ice cold. It’s just hard to envision the Terps pulling this one out with no one shooting well at this point.

9:45 p.m. — Does anyone else get the feeling the deficit is bigger than only five? This game has the feel of Wake being in complete control, but the Terps are one big run away from retaking the lead.

9:43 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-8 timeout with Wake Forest leading by five points. Maryland is just doing nothing on the offensive end.

9:41 p.m. – Smith drains a jumper, and the senior now has 12.

With Vasquez out of the game, it’s clear no one wants to take the shot. Following the block on Bowie, Wake finishes in transition with an Aminu dunk. Ugh.

9:39 p.m. — With Vasquez now cooling off, it’s imperative that SOMEONE steps up for the Terps.

A beautiful look from Vasquez on the in-bounds play leads to a layup for Jordan Williams. Maryland trails by three points at 60-57.

9:36 p.m. — Great anticipation from Bowie, grabbing the steal and going the distance for the layup, giving him 10 points for the game.

Perhaps that play can get the Terps going with 10 minutes to play.

9:35 p.m. — We’ve reached an official timeout with Wake leading the Terps, 58-53.

Though Mosley is the Terps’ leading rebounding with eight in the game, I’m beginning to wonder what toll the sprained ankle sustained on Christmas night has taken on the sophomore. The improved shooting stroke and offensive production we saw early in the year has disappeared.

Mosley has averaged only 8.0 ppg since the injury going into tonight, and he only has four in this one. He appeared to be the best candidate to become that second scoring option behind Vasquez, but it simply hasn’t happened since the injury.

9:30 p.m. — Padgett simply NEEDS to play stronger in the paint. Efforts like that are not going to draw any calls from officials—or any more playing time from Gary Williams.

Someone has to step up for the Terps other than Vasquez. Just nothing going offensively.

9:27 p.m. — Woods just ERASED that shot from Vasquez. Maryland then has trouble getting the ball in and has to throw it to the backcourt.

Vasquez turns it over, leading to a layup for Smith.

Timeout, Maryland. Wake leads by six as the Terps are having trouble generating much of anything on the offensive end.

9:23 p.m. — Smith hits a jumper from behind the free throw line. He’s been quite tonight.

Following a Mosley miss, Woods gets the jam and Wake leads by six. Danger time for the Terps here.

9:21 p.m. — A very smart play by Vasquez to draw the foul on the long jumper (foot on the line), leading to L.D. Williams picking up his third foul.

9:19 p.m. — Maryland is REALLY struggling on the glass now as the bigger Demon Deacons are beginning to show why they’re the top rebounding team in the conference.

We’ve reached our first official timeout of the second half with Wake Forest leading the Terps, 50-47.

9:17 p.m. — The one-handed runner by Vasquez cuts the lead to three. The Terps will need their leader to have a similar effort to what he showed against Florida State on Sunday.

9:15 p.m. — Mosley with a nice offensive board and finds Williams for a close-range shot. However, McFarland drains a long one for Wake.

Mosley with a beautiful pass to Milbourne, but the senior forward blows the layup. You cannot miss that shot.

9:14 p.m. — Hayes loses the ball out of bounds, Maryland’s ninth turnover. The Terps did a better job protecting the ball as the first half progressed, but it’s been a sloppy effort overall.

Aminu’s one-handed jam gives Wake a five-point advantage.

9:12 p.m. — Mike Gminski REALLY doesn’t have HD television? Wow, I thought I was the last one before finally seeing the light a couple months ago.

9:00 p.m. — Check out the first half stats right here.

8:55 p.m. — Gregory picks up his third foul with five seconds to go in the half. Not good, but I suppose it’s better than Jordan Williams picking it up.

Following a timeout, Vasquez misses a long three at the buzzer to close out the first half.

Wake Forest leads Maryland, 42-39. Definitely a disappointing finish to the half as the Terps had control of this one up until the seven-minute mark.

8:53 p.m. — Vasquez grabs the offensive rebound and is fouled. In the double bonus, Vasquez drains a pair of free throws for the Terps.

Smith misses a layup, and the Terps get out in transition, leading to Bowie being fouled on the layup attempt. The junior hits both freebies, giving him eight points. Bowie has played some quality minutes in Hayes’ absence due to foul trouble.

8:51 p.m. — Foul trouble is clearly plaguing the Terps as Williams, Gregory, and Hayes are all stuck on the bench with two fouls. It’s not coincidence the Deacons–and Aminu–began to wake up after that.

Harris hits a long triple to give Wake a five-point advantage. However, Bowie hits a RARE 3-pointer on the other end.

C.J. Harris just drilled ANOTHER triple from Raleigh to give him 13 points for the game. He’s only averaging 11.6 a game.

Timeout, Maryland.

8:47 p.m. — Remember when I said Aminu was hung over from Saturday’s loss? So much for that as the sophomore now has 11 points.

8:42 p.m. — A 6-0 run followed by a 7-0 run a couple minutes later has turned an eight-point lead into a 3-point lead for Wake.

The Deacons are on a 15-4 run since the Terps lead 23-15 with just over seven minutes to go in the half.

8:41 p.m. — Chas McFarland with a nice play, keeping the loose ball alive, which leads to the Harris layup. That looked more like a volleyball game than anything.

Harris hits a 3-pointer and Maryland’s lead is gone. Wake leads 28-27 with 4:15 to go.

8:37 p.m. — Maryland is beaten in transition again, leading to a Gary Clark layup and Hayes’ second foul. Clark completes the three-point play to shave the lead to five points.

Milbourne’s shot is blocked by Aminu, and the big sophomore scores on the other end plus the foul. Aminu hits the free throw, and the momentum has clearly shifted in favor of the Deacons.

Timeout, Maryland.

8:34 p.m. — The Terps continue to impress, holding a 23-15 lead and rebounding advantage against the Demon Deacons as we reach the under-8 timeout.

8:31 p.m. — Tony Woods with the big two-handed dunk, drawing a second foul on Williams as the freshman was beaten on the baseline. I guess my previous compliment jinxed the big man.

Gregory is fouled on the other end and makes a pair of free throws after a lane violation gives him a second chance.

8:30 p.m. — Aminu is definitely showing a bit of a hangover from his poor effort against Miami. The star sophomore only has two free throws and has not made a field goal in the game’s first 10 minutes.

8:28 p.m. — Jordan Williams with the block, forcing the jump ball. He’s continuing to be more assertive in the paint as a frosh.

8:26 p.m. — Vasquez throws it away as he was clearly anticipating that Gregory would cut to the basket. I know Gary Williams loves the junior forward’s energy, but he has to show a bit more of an offensive game near the basket.

8:24 p.m. — Smith is off to a quick start of his own against the Terps as the senior has six points.

Milbourne scores on the other end to push the lead back up to four points.

Following a Smith miss on the other end, a huge scrum with multiple players diving for the loose ball results in it going out of bounds to Wake. The Terps weren’t able to secure the loose ball off the long rebound, but it’s nice to see the effort after some uninspiring rebounding efforts earlier in the year.

8:21 p.m. — Adrian Bowie and Dino Gregory have checked in as Vasquez drains another three. The Venezuelan is en fuego with eight points already!

Maryland leads Wake, 15-11, with 11:47 remaining at the second media timeout.

8:19 p.m. — Vasquez drives the lane and finds a wide-open Jordan Williams on the dunk, an absolutely beautiful look!

8:18 p.m. — Smith drains the long jumper and the Deacons regain the lead. Vasquez answers with a 3-ball.

L.D. Williams hits a triple of his own as we’re seeing a bit of a shootout right now.

8:17 p.m. — Vasquez posts up and hits the jump hook, taking advantage of the mismatch.

After Hayes picks up a foul, Ari Stewart misses a shot and it goes out of bounds to Maryland. Vasquez’s shot is blocked, but the Terps will keep it and then immediately turn it over.

Very sloppy start for the Terps in the turnover department.

8:12 p.m. — Aminu settles for another long jumper and misses. On the other end, Hayes splashes a triple.

We’ve reached our first official timeout with Wake leading the Terps, 6-5.

8:11 p.m. — Mosley with the foul on Aminu, sending the big sophomore to the line. He makes a pair of freebies, and the Deacons lead 4-0.

Hayes with a beautiful dish to a wide-open Jordan Williams for the dunk, but the Terps are beat on the other end for a L.D. Williams layup. The Terps CANNOT get beat in transition if they want a chance in this one.

8:09 p.m. — Maryland with two turnovers in about 10 seconds. Not taking care of the basketball early with three turnovers in a little over a minute.

Jordan Williams did a great job defending the Williams dunk, but Milbourne misses the jumper on the other end. Maryland scoreless in the first 2+ minutes of the game.

8:07 p.m. — Maryland grabs the opening tip (dressed in red). Mosley misses the first shot of the game, but Aminu takes a three on the other end and misses. He can stay out there all day long if it were up to me.

Williams is called for the offensive foul a possession later.

8:00 p.m. — Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Maryland
G Greivis Vasquez
G Eric Hayes
G Sean Mosley
F Landon Milbourne
C Jordan Williams

Wake Forest
G Ishmael Smith
G C.J. Harris
G L.D. Williams
F Al-Farouq Aminu
C David Weaver

Steve Martin (no, not THAT one) and Mike Gminski will provide the call for Raycom Sports.

7:47 p.m. — As Terps fanatic and WNST host Bob Haynie astutely pointed out, the Demon Deacons’ size figures to be a serious concern for Gary Williams’s squad, but the Deacons are coming off a poor rebounding effort against Miami in which Gaudio criticized his team’s effort in boxing out.

The Terps won the rebounding effort against the Seminoles, an effort they will need to duplicate against Wake. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gary Williams show some bigger looks at times tonight by using Jordan Williams and Dino Gregory or James Padgett at the same time, with Milbourne sliding down to the 3.

7:35 p.m. — Good evening, Terps fans, and Happy Festivus as we await the start of Maryland’s ACC road opener in Winston-Salem against Dino Gaudio’s Demon Deacons (11-3, 1-1). The Terps (10-4, 1-0) are fresh off a conference-opening 77-68 victory over Florida State at the Comcast Center on Sunday evening. My apologies for the lack of coverage as I was returning from Foxborough after the Ravens’ huge playoff victory over the Patriots.

Wake Forest will try to rebound from a disappointing 67-66 loss at Miami on Saturday. The Demon Deacons are led by sophomore forward Al-Farouq Aminu who leads the team in both points (16.8 per game) and rebounds (11.6 per game). The 6-foot-9 big man—along with 7-footer Chas McFarland—will clearly provide a huge challenge to Jordan Williams, Landon Milbourne, and the Maryland frontcourt.

Greivis Vasquez, as he’s done so many times in his four years in College Park, saved the Terps in the second half with a 17-point effort and 22 for the game, his sixth-straight game with 20 or more points. The senior drilled a 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining to push the Terps’ advantage to nine points after the Seminoles were trying to climb back into the game in the final minutes.

Maryland has an opportunity to post its most impressive win of the season if it can steal an ACC road victory after a quick turnaround from Sunday’s game. Interestingly enough, both the Terps and Demon Deacons have lost to William & Mary this season, so both schools would clearly like to earn a win against an opponent expected to be in the upper half of the conference this season.

Senior Eric Hayes needs only seven points to become the 48th Terp to reach the 1000-point mark in school history. The guard scored 17 points against the Seminoles in Sunday’s win.

Tonight’s game can be seen on WNUV-TV in Baltimore (the Raycom Sports network) at 8:00 p.m.

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for thoughts and updates throughout the contest.

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Jin Soo Choi leaving Maryland

Posted on 05 January 2010 by Luke Jones

The University of Maryland has officially announced the exit of Jin Soo Choi from the university and the men’s basketball program.

Other than the obligatory reference made every telecast about Choi being the first South Korean to play Division I basketball, his leaving does not figure to dramatically affect the fate of this year’s team, as he was not a regular part of the rotation. However, it leaves only Jordan Williams, Landon Milbourne, Dino Gregory, and James Padgett in the frontcourt picture with Steve Goins’ continued health issues.

It’s doubtful that Choi would have ever developed into anything more than a depth player given his slight build and limited skill set.

While last week was certainly worse for the Terps with the decommitment of Terrence Ross and the loss to William & Mary, this certainly doesn’t boost any spirits in College Park with the ACC schedule set to begin against Florida State on Sunday.

Here’s the official release from the University of Maryland:

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Jin Soo Choi has announced his intention to leave the University of Maryland and pursue a basketball career in his native Korea, head coach Gary Williams said Tuesday.

 “After speaking with my family, we decided it would be best to continue my basketball career in Korea,” said Choi. “I want to thank the coaches and especially Coach Williams for giving me an opportunity to play basketball at a high level.”

 “We wish Jin Soo well in whatever he decides to pursue,” said Williams. “We appreciate the contributions he’s made to our basketball program in the past two seasons.”

In nine appearances this season, Choi was averaging 0.8 points, 1.1 rebounds and 4.9 minutes per game for the Terrapins.

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Terps cruise to a blowout over UNC Greensboro, 97-63

Posted on 03 January 2010 by Luke Jones

Maryland did exactly what it needed to do at the Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday afternoon. UNC Greensboro was a bad 2-10 team that had no business hanging with an ACC school, and the Terps made sure it stayed that way in a 97-63 victory.

Greivis Vasquez led the way with 24 points with Landon Milbourne adding 22, as the Terps shot just under 55 percent from the field to improve their record to 9-4.

It was a nice victory to boost Maryland’s confidence after falling to William & Mary on Wednesday night, but we’ve seen the Terps blow out inferior competition over and over this season.

The real season starts next Sunday. The UNC Greensboros and Florida Atlantics aren’t coming to play anymore (sans a non-conference game with Longwood in a couple weeks). There are no more slam dunks to boost morale and confidence. The ACC schedule is upon us.

The Terps need to maintain the same intensity they showed against the Spartans on Sunday when Florida State and Duke and North Carolina show up to play.

Until we see that, the Terps’ fate in 2010 will remain a mystery.

Maryland believes it’s a better team than the one that overachieved last season.

Now the Terps will need to show it.

Check out the final stats right here, and don’t forget to join WNST.net for our Purple Haze Live Chat during the Ravens-Raiders game this afternoon.

3:07 p.m. — This one is over. Maryland wins going away, 97-63. Back in a little with some final thoughts.

3:06 p.m. — Padgett scores inside with a nice move. 30 seconds to go in this one.

3:04 p.m. — Levent goes to the line and hits one of two, so he’s on the board. Pearman needs to get on the board now. He’s the only Terp not to score in this one.

3:02 p.m. — Jin Soo Choi hits the jumper. 94-60.

3:00 p.m. — We’ve reached the final media timeout. Maryland holding on with a 92-58 lead. “I kid, I kid.”

2:58 p.m. — David Pearman and Ersin Levent now in the game for Maryland. Will they score?

2:55 p.m. — The Terps have 52 points in the paint. Would have been nice to see more of those against William & Mary on Wednesday.

2:53 p.m. — Maryland now leading by 35 points. As Glenn Clark pointed out on our Twitter feed (@WNST), it’s great seeing the Terps beat up on bad teams, but it won’t mean much if they cannot perform against good teams.

And starting next Sunday, the UNC Greensboros and Florida Atlantics disappear and the big boys from the ACC will be showing up night in and night out.

2:46 p.m. — Nice to see James Padgett in the game. I still think he can be a contributor in his freshman year, but the big man needs to produce when he gets opportunities like this.

2:45 p.m. — Bowie with an outstanding take to the basket. He has 11 points.

Following a miss, Bowie leads the break and dishes to Milbourne for the slam!

It’s 80-48 with 10:00 to play.

2:43 p.m. — Mosley with a tremendous wraparound give to Gregory who finishes the basket plus one. The lead is now up to 28 points.

Gregory having a much better afternoon that what we’ve seen from the big man in the last couple games. He’s a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe. Definitely a good sign for the Terps.

2:40 p.m. — Maryland leads 73-48 with 11:58 remaining. The clock cannot move quick enough in this one.

2:38 p.m. — UNCG is on a 7-2 run as the Terps have missed several easy opportunities to score.

2:37 p.m. — Despite the 27-point deficit, you have to give some credit to Stywall. He’s got a double-double for the Spartans.

2:35 p.m. — The Spartans have one field goal in the last 7:30 minutes, going back to the first half. Ouch.

Bowie finishes with the layup after going the length of the floor. Nice to see him get some points in the paint.

2:31 p.m. — We’ve reached the first media timeout of the second half. Maryland leads by 30 with 15:00 remaining in the game.

2:28 p.m. — With the Terps winning by 28 points early in the second half, you’d love to see Maryland’s bench players get some significant minutes—and build some confidence heading into ACC play.

Maryland has certainly not let up with the intensity despite the huge lead.

2:24 p.m. — Vasquez is absolutely killing UNC Greensboro. The senior already has 22 points and has hit a pair of triples to begin the second half.

2:21 p.m. — Vasquez with a beautiful running jumper in the lane, plus one. Maryland is now up by 20 points.

The Terps use the press, but Greensboro beats it, leading to a foul as Stywall goes to the basket. He makes one of two free throws.

2:19 p.m. — The second half is underway, and following a Spartans free throw, Milbourne hits a shot falling away in the lane to increase the lead to 19 points. You’d love to see Maryland start the half strong and really put this team away, so the Terps can cruise the rest of the way.

2:02 p.m. — We’ve reached the end of the first half, and the Terps are in complete control.

Maryland leads UNC Greensboro, 52-34. The Terps are shooting 58 percent after 20 minutes. This is exactly what they DESPERATELY needed.

2:01 p.m. — Jordan Williams can be an absolute force, but he really needs to work on going up for shots under control. Too many wild shots and not playing strong enough about the rim. However, he’s young and has plenty of time to learn. The talent and size are certainly there.

1:59 p.m. — Hayes goes to the line and makes 1 of 2. The sharpshooter has had a very quiet first half with only three points.

I’m sure Gary Williams would like to see him regain his shooting stroke in time for next Sunday’s opener against Florida State.

1:56 p.m. — We’ve reached the final media timeout of the first half with Maryland continuing to lead UNC Greensboro, 47-32.

1:54 p.m. — Williams misses one from point-blank range. The Terps big men continue to miss too many easy shots. While none of them need to be 20-point scorers, they need to be able to finish shots inside the paint.

1:52 p.m. — Nice defense by Kyle Randall to foil that fast break, but the Terps will keep it.

Milbourne misses the three, but the senior provides the defensive play on the other end for the Terps. A beautiful pass from Hayes to Tucker, but good defense cuts off the basket.

1:50 p.m. — You get the sense that the Spartans are starting to panic now with the lead going to double digits. They are not handling the press nearly as well as they did at the beginning of the game.

1:49 p.m. — Maryland is doing a fantastic job in transition this afternoon, creating plenty of easy scoring opportunities.

Following a miss on the other end, Bowie takes a terrible shot falling away on the perimeter, but Gregory grabs the board and is fouled. The junior nails both free throws, increasing the lead to 13 points.

Maryland is an incredible 14-for-16 from the free throw line.

1:47 p.m. — Vasquez hits both free throws, giving him 11 points in the game.

VanDussen is trapped in the corner by the Maryland press, forcing him to call a timeout.

1:44 p.m. — Maryland continues to have no success with the press. Teams have beaten it over and over this season.

1:40 p.m. — Stywall goes to the line and sinks a pair, shrinking the lead to seven points. The Spartans continue to hang around with eight minutes to go in the first half.

An offensive foul is called on Mosley, turning it back over to Greensboro. We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout.

1:37 p.m. — That is not a good foul on Gregory. You need to be able to guard the paint without pushing in that situation. The Maryland bigs are having trouble with the freshman Cole.

Lots of whistles in this one, no doubt.

1:35 p.m. — Brian Cole just went up right over Jordan Williams without too much trouble.

Following the timeout, Gregory and Williams grab four offensive rebounds but cannot finish any shots. Good grief, that was ugly.

However, I will point out that it’s interesting to see Gregory and Williams on the floor at the same time. Haven’t seen that big of a lineup on the floor very often this season.

1:32 p.m. — Mosley fouls the driving Stywall, and the forward sinks a pair of free throws, making in a nine-point game.

Mosley’s pass inside to Gregory is errant, and it’s another turnover.

1:30 p.m. — Bowie with the quick hands to grab the steal and takes it all the way for the bucket…and one! He completes the three-point play to make it a 27-16 game. Reghi saying Bowie has struggled “a little bit” is the understatement of 2010 so far.

1:26 p.m. — We’ve reached the second media timeout with Maryland leading Greensboro, 22-16. The Terps are shooting a blistering 71 percent, but have also committed six turnovers.

1:23 p.m. — Nice job by Gregory to defend the basket and erase that shot. The Terps need to get more from the junior forward than what they’ve seen since his return.

1:21 p.m. — Bowie scores with the one-handed flip shot. There hasn’t been nearly enough of that from him this year.

Following a miss on the other end, Milbourne hits the baseline jumper, making the Terps 90 percent from the field.

As Cal Bowdler astutely pointed out, the Spartans have to feel fortunate only being down six.

1:19 p.m. — Maryland leads 15-12 at the first media timeout. Following the break, Vasquez completes the three-point play after an unbelievable finish in the paint.

1:15 p.m. — Evans misses the three, but Stywall grabs the offensive board and scores. Way too much of that this season.

Vasque scores on the other end, continuing his very fast start.

Mikko Koivisto hits the triple for the Spartans. Great name.

1:13 p.m. — Vasquez goes end-to-end for the layup. It’s clear the senior has come to play today in the early going.

However, following a Maryland turnover, Vasquez fouls Evans on the 3-point attempt. The guard sinks all three from the line, making him 5-for-5 from the charity stripe already.

1:11 p.m. — Vasquez with another beautiful assist, this time to Mosley for the layup and the foul! However, Mosley cannot complete the three-point play.

On the other end, Williams picks up his first foul, and Evans goes to the line. Evans makes both freebies.

1:09 p.m. — Maryland controls the tip but turns it over.

On the other end, Vasquez gets the steal and feeds Milbourne for the MONSTER dunk on the fast break. 2-0, Terps.

1:07 p.m. – We’re ready for tip-off from the Greensboro Coliseum!

Once again, we see a starting lineup of Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes, Sean Mosley, Landon Milbourne, and Jordan Williams. After a two-game hiccup for the return of Dino Gregory and his placement in the starting lineup, Williams appears to have solidified his spot with solid play. Then again, it’s not too tough to top what Gregory has provided (yes, he IS back from suspension).

1:02 p.m. — If you’re looking for a couple names from the Spartans to keep an eye on, look no further than senior forward Ben Stywall and senior guard Brandon Evans. Both players are averaging 12.3 points per game, leading Greensboro in scoring. Stywall leads the Spartans with 9.5 rebounds per game.

Is it just my TV sound, or does it sound like Michael Reghi is trying to impersonate Dick Vitale?

12:50 p.m. — Good afternoon to you, and greetings from my couch in southern Pennsylvania as we’re ready to watch the Terps take on UNC Greensboro. Maryland (8-4) is clearly looking to rebound with a strong performance following Wednesday’s humbling 83-77 defeat to William & Mary. Today’s game marks the last non-conference game before the ACC schedule tips off against Florida State next Sunday.

The Spartans (2-10) figure to be the perfect remedy for the Terps who will clearly be looking to regain some confidence after shooting 4-for-25 from beyond the arc in their loss to the Tribe. Today’s game also gives Maryland the opportunity to play at the Greensboro Coliseum, site of the 2010 ACC Tournament.

While it appears odd that the Terps would play Greensboro on the road, three other ACC schools have followed suit in traveling to take on the Spartans. Clemson, Wake Forest, and North Carolina State have all defeated Greensboro at the Coliseum. In all, the Spartans are 0-5 against the ACC this season, losing on the road to Duke and Virginia Tech.

Clearly, UNC Greensboro is not a good basketball team, but Maryland needs to come out of the gate with energy and confidence to put this team away early.

Today’s game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet with Michael Reghi and Cal Bowdler providing the call.

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Maryland Basketball: Terps All-Decade Team

Posted on 31 December 2009 by Luke Jones

Though the decade couldn’t have ended on a more negative note for Maryland than Wednesday night’s unacceptable loss to William & Mary, Terps fans can look back fondly at the decade and cherish Maryland’s national championship in 2002, first ever Final Four appearance in 2001, and ACC Tournament championship in 2004.

While Gary Williams’ teams have failed to sustain that same success (another blog for another day), I present my All-Decade team.

Starting Lineup

C Lonny Baxter
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While Baxter played second fiddle to Juan Dixon, the center was the regional MVP for both of the Terps’ Final Four appearances.

F Chris Wilcox
Chris Wilcox

Wilcox only spent two seasons in College Park, but he easily wins the award for most explosive player of the decade and was a major part of the 2002 National Championship team. How far could the Terps have advanced in 2003 had Wilcox stayed for one more year?

G Greivis Vasquez
Greivis Vasquez

Although the eccentric guard from Caracas, Venezuela has been a very polarizing figure in College Park, critics cannot deny his major contributions to some underwhelming teams at the end of the decade. His triple-double (35 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) in an upset win over North Carolina may have been the best ever single-game performance by a Terp.

G Steve Blake
Steve Blake

Blake was a four-year starter at point guard over the most successful four-year run in school history. He’s the all-time assist leader at Maryland, and who will EVER forget this play?

G Juan Dixon
Juan Dixon

Does anything really need to be said here? The Most Outstanding Player of the 2002 NCAA Tournament and the player of the decade, Dixon approaches the late Len Bias for the title of best player in school history.

Bench

G John Gilchrist
John Gilchrist
His departure following his junior season was messy and bitter, but his performance in Greensboro in 2004 trumped anything Dixon ever accomplished in the ACC Tournament.

G Drew Nicholas
Drew Nicholas

Nicholas had the misfortune of playing behind Dixon for three years, but in 2003, he averaged nearly 18 points per game and hit a big shot that you may have heard about. . .

F James Gist
James Gist

Gist had a fine career at Maryland, but he always seemed to leave fans wanting more. Perhaps it was his tendency to play on the perimeter in his senior season, but the big man never seemed to realize his full potential.

F Terence Morris
Terence Morris

Morris easily would have supplanted Wilcox in the all-decade starting lineup if not for such a disappointing senior season (scoring dropped from 15.8 to 12.2 ppg). However, the forward from Frederick was a key member of the 2001 Final Four team.

F Byron Mouton
Byron Mouton

If Dixon was the heart of that 2002 championship team, Mouton was the soul. Transferring from Tulane following his sophomore season, he replaced Danny Miller in the starting lineup in 2001 and brought plenty of energy to Maryland’s two Final Four teams.

F Nik Caner-Medley
Nik Caner-Medley

Caner-Medley is remembered as being part of the disappointing 2002-03 recruiting class (along with Gilchrist, Travis Garrison, and Chris McCray), but the lefty from Maine had a productive career at College Park.

F Landon Milbourne
Landon Milbourne

Another player that has steadily improved under Gary Williams’ tutelage, Milbourne has been a three-year starter with two years out of position at power forward. His versatility has been valuable to an undersized Maryland team that qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2008-09.

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William & Mary outlasts Maryland in College Park, 83-77

Posted on 30 December 2009 by Luke Jones

Maryland believes its a better team than the one that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament a year ago, and on paper, it should be.

Replacing the courageous—but underwhelming—Dave Neal with a pair of talented freshmen forwards and returning a plethora of key contributors—with an added year of experience under their belts—would cause even the biggest skeptics to assume success.

The problem is the Terps have failed to demonstrate this improvement in any opportunity they’ve received in the young 2009-10 season. With a chance to build a tournament résumé against the likes of Cincinnati, Wisconsin, and Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational, Maryland instead returned to College Park with only a win over Division II Chaminade and disappointing losses to Cincinnati and Wisconsin.

And with an opportunity to upset Villanova in what was essentially a home game at the Verizon Center, the Terps allowed the Wildcats to hit 11 3-pointers in the first half and never recovered in a 95-86 defeat.

So with a chance—on its home floor—to earn a quality win over a formidable CAA opponent in William & Mary, the Terps again came out flat and uninspired in a 83-77 defeat to the Tribe. While this loss doesn’t have the same embarrassment as losses to mid-majors Ohio, American, and Morgan State in recent years, the sting of another missed opportunity could hurt even more in March.

If the Terps truly are a better team than they were last season, they sure aren’t acting like it.

Maryland shot an abysmal 4-for-25 from 3-point range, settling for perimeter shots against the zone instead of attacking the paint. The Terps knew they couldn’t shoot the ball as well as the Tribe, but they fell into the trap anyway.

“If you’re a good shooter, you should make shots,” said senior Eric Hayes, who went 2-for-9 from beyond the arc in the loss. “I was pretty disappointed with my shot tonight.”

Defensively, the Terps allowed William & Mary to make six of 13 threes in the first half and fell behind by nine at the break. They adjusted in the second half by focusing on the perimeter defense but, in the process, allowed the Tribe to back-cut to the basket over and over.

William & Mary may not be the better team overall (though the argument can clearly be made that they are), but the Terps weren’t nearly as good playing the Tribe’s brand of basketball. Every time Maryland tried to make a run, the Tribe answered or the Terps failed to convert a golden opportunity, such as Greivis Vasquez’s missed three-point attempt with 10:03 remaining that would have shaved the lead to four points.

And when the Terps’ press finally began forcing turnovers and creating easy buckets, a 16-point deficit was too much to overcome in the final five minutes. Too little, too late.

“They did a great job,” Gary Williams said. “They’re a very tough team in that they don’t miss much that goes on in the game and they did a great job.”

Now 12 games into the season and less than two weeks away from ACC play, the only identity created by the Terrapins is an inability to start quickly—and enthusiastically—against quality opponents. With only UNC Greensboro and Longwood remaining on the non-conference schedule, it’s becoming abundantly clear the Terps will have their work cut out for them in the ACC if they want to return to the NCAA tournament.

An 8-8 or 9-7 conference mark is highly unlikely to impress anyone on the selection committee when your best non-conference win is over Indiana—the same school that finished 6-25 last year and recently lost to Loyola.

Simply put, it’s gut-check time for this team to figure out—and rectify—why it starts so slowly against tougher opponents. Otherwise, the same problems against Cincinnati, Wisconsin, and William & Mary will continue to plague the Terps—and their tournament chances—against Duke, North Carolina, and Clemson.

“As a leader, I have to prepare this team better,” Vasquez said. “We have to get ready for these games. If we can’t get ready we’re going in the wrong direction.”

– With 19 points and 10 rebounds (a season high), Landon Milbourne earned the first double-double of his career. The senior has now scored 19 points in three of his last four games.

– Hayes extended his streak with at least one 3-pointer to 18 consecutive games.

– Vasquez led the Terps with 26 points with Milbourne adding 19 and Sean Mosley scoring 12. The Terps have had at least three players score in double figures in 11 of 12 games this season.

– Maryland turned it over only eight times, the fewest number of turnovers it’s committed in a game all season.

– Check out the live blog below and the final stats right here.

9:34 p.m. — Back in a little with the post-game wrap.

9:32 p.m. — After the Vasquez fould, McDowell goes to the line and makes a pair. He has 28 points in the game for the Tribe.

Following a couple misses, Milbourne gets the layup, but that’ll be all she wrote.

William & Mary comes into College Park and knocks off the Terps.

Final score: William & Mary 83, Maryland 77

9:31 p.m. — Maryland is 4-for-23 from beyond the arc. They simply needed to make more shots against the zone and couldn’t do it.

Vasquez drives inside, drawing the foul and one! He makes the free throw to cut the lead to six points, but only 15.6 seconds remain after the foul.

9:28 p.m. — I credit the Terps for not mailing it in after falling behind by 16 points late in the second half, but the deficit was just too much to overcome.

The Tribe leads 80-67 with 44.2 to go.

9:27 p.m. — Maryland trails 76-67 with 54.5 seconds remaining. Sumner goes to the line and nails a pair.

9:26 p.m. — Milbourne misses both free throws, absolutely killing what bleak hope the Terps had.

9:25 p.m. — McDowell MISSES the open layup, but the loose ball goes out of bounds. The officials give it to William & Mary, and the Comcast crowd is quite audible in its thoughts on the decision.

Following a Tribe miss, the Terps push it up the floor, and Milbourne is fouled but cannot finish the layup. That would have been HUGE.

9:22 p.m. — Vasquez gets the steal in the full-court press and gets it to Milbourne for the one-handed slam! The lead is down to 9 points with 2:17 remaining.

Still not looking good for the Terps, but stranger things have happened.

9:20 p.m. — McDowell answers on the other end with a jumper to push the lead back to 13. As has been the case all night, the Tribe has an answer to every Maryland run.

9:19 p.m. — A 35-second violation will turn it back over to the Terps with three minutes remaining, and a 15-point deficit. Milbourne scores inside, and a quick turnover leads to a foul and a trip to the line for Milbourne.

9:17 p.m. — With the Terps trailing by 15 with 3:16 remaining, you have to go back to the 10-minute mark when Vasquez missed a three with the Terps trailing by only seven (astutely pointed out by Glenn Clark right beside me). The Comcast crowd was alive, and the shot would have cut the deficit to four. Since that point, it’s been all William & Mary.

9:15 p.m. — Hayes hits a triple, but the Terps still trail by 13 with four minutes left. A very difficult proposition considering Maryland is not a good outside-shooting team.

9:14 p.m. — Schneider misses the three, and the Tribe nearly gets the offensive rebound before Gregory grabs it. A perfect example of the Terps’ struggles on the glass. They just do not attack the ball nearly as well as they need to to overcome their size deficiencies.

It’s now a 16-point game after Schneider scores. 4:40 remaining.

9:11 p.m. — Kitts with another two-handed slam gives William & Mary a 16-point lead with 6:31 to go. Maryland takes its final timeout, and this one is not looking good AT ALL.

9:10 p.m. — Brown goes to the line for the 1-and-1 and hits a pair, giving the Tribe a 14-point lead. With seven minutes to go, the Terps need that run right about now if they’re going to pull off the comeback.

Milbourne misses the jumper on the other end.

9:09 p.m. — Jordan Williams goes to the line and makes the first but misses the second. Maryland really needs a couple stops on the defensive end. Every time the Terps appear ready to go on a run, the Tribe answers.

As I type that, Kitts finishes off a slam.

9:05 p.m. — Schneider hits the jumper. You HAVE to be impressed with how the Tribe can shoot the basketball.

We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout, as William & Mary holds a 62-51 advantage over the Terrapins.

9:04 p.m. — Vasquez is fouled going to the basket, and he appeared to be grabbing his left foot a little bit. It’s clear the Terps want to play a transition game, but it’s looked more out of control than anything.

Vasquez does hit them both to bring the Terps’ deficit to nine.

9:03 p.m. — The Tribe beats the press, leading to McDowell being hammered by Williams on the layup attempt. McDowell makes them both to put William & Mary back up by 11 points.

You have to give the Tribe credit for answering when it looked like Maryland was getting ready to go on a run.

9:02 p.m. — Vasquez misses the shot, and Milbourne cannot hit from point-blank range. HAVE to finish that shot.

9:00 p.m. — Vasquez takes it inside strong and scores, as the crowd explodes, trying to give the Terps a lift. Maryland then sets up the press, but Hayes is whistled for the foul.

Following the miss on the other end, Vasquez cannot hit the three off the dribble. He was feeling it, but it’s tough to take that one so early in the shot clock.

8:59 p.m. — Hayes is beaten on the backdoor cut by McDowell for the bucket. Cannot let that happen.

Williams scores on the other end for the Terps to make it a nine-point game.

8:58 p.m. — The fight for the loose ball is won by the Tribe who calls for the timeout.

8:57 p.m. — Williams scores on the second-chance opportunity, and he’s fouled! Big-time play by the frosh on a badly-needed bucket. He hits the free throw, but the Terps are whistled for a lane violation, wiping it out.

8:55 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-12 media timeout with Maryland trailing William & Mary, 54-43 with 11:57 remaining.

8:54 p.m. — Vasquez hits the bucket with a hand in his face, and the Comcast crowd comes to life.

Hess scores inside after being left free in the paint.

8:52 p.m. — Tucker just tried to fit the ball into a closed window to Milbourne, but luckily the Tribe knocks it out of bounds. He needs to score on that transition or at least draw the foul.

Maryland takes another timeout and only has one remaining with 12:57 to go.

8:50 p.m. — Hess makes one of two freebies, and the lead is pushed back to 12 points.

Vasquez is fouled on the short jumper and will go to the line for two. He misses the first but makes the second. The Terps have very little margin for error at this point.

8:48 p.m. — Mosley dribbles toward the basket and scores. The Terps immediately take the 30-second timeout to set the defense. It appears they’ll come out in the full-court press.

The Tribe beats it pretty easily, but Schneider misses the three.

8:46 p.m. — Vasquez misses an open look for three. The Terps just don’t have the ability to challenge the three with the perimeter shot. They need to get to the middle of the zone and attack inside.

On the other end, McDowell scores inside and is fouled by Gregory. McDowell completes the three-point play, and the lead is now 13. Ugh.

8:44 p.m. — We’ve reached the first official timeout of the second half, and Maryland trails William & Mary, 48-38.

8:42 p.m. — Hayes continues to be ice-cold from the outside, and McCurdy just hit one with a hand right in his face. Wow.

On the other end, Mosley misses the three but hustles for the offensive board and finishes at the hoop.

8:40 p.m. — Milbourne with a tough bucket inside, and Maryland switches to zone on the other end. It will be interesting to see how well the Terps can guard the perimeter shot.

8:38 p.m. — McDowell hits a three-ball, and the Terps turn it over on the other end. Despite good defense from Vasquez, Sumner scores inside on a tough shot.

Timeout, Maryland. William & Mary leads by 11 points with 17:58 to go.

8:37 p.m. — Miscommunication on the switch leads to Kitts driving the lane for the dunk, but he’s fouled by Mosley to prevent the bucket. The forward misses the first but cans the second attempt.

On the other end, Mosley gets into the lane and scores, cutting the lead to six.

8:34 p.m. — Maryland gets the first possession of the second half, and Milbourne gets the ball in the paint and scores. THAT’S what the Terps need to do against this defense.

8:30 p.m. — The teams are back out on the floor, and we’ll commence the second half in two minutes.

8:28 p.m. — Considering Maryland has the size advantage over the Tribe, it’s inexcusable to only have eight points in the paint at the half (William & Mary has 12). Maryland’s half-court offense is playing right into William & Mary’s hands, as the Terps will not win a perimeter game with the sharp-shooting Tribe.

8:22 p.m. — William & Mary is shooting a blistering 59 percent from the field to 35 percent for the Terps. Maryland has just not been able to figure out the Tribe zone and is settle for far too many low-percentage shots.

8:20 p.m. — Check out the halftime stats right here.

8:18 p.m. — Kitts takes it to the basket and beats Williams off the dribble to score in the final seconds.

We’ve reached the end of the first half with William & Mary leading the Terrapins, 39-30.

I would not want to be in that Maryland locker room, as I’m sure Gary Williams is going to give the Terps an EARFUL.

8:16 p.m. — Williams cannot hit the close-range shot, but Mosley is there for the offensive board and he’s fouled and will go to the line for two. Very nice hustle play that Maryland desperately needed.

Mosley drains the first, and William & Mary calls for a 30-second timeout.

8:15 p.m. — Vasquez commits the travel, and the Terps continue to struggle in the half-court offense, settling for far too many jumpers.

Following a missed three-pointer, Sumner grabs an offensive board and Milbourne fouls him. Gary Williams is VERY upset with that sequence, and Gregory is in the game for Milbourne.

Sumner hits one of two for the Tribe, giving them a nine-point advantage.

8:13 p.m. — Kendrix Brown goes to the line for two after the Williams foul, and he hits both of them, giving William & Mary an eight-point lead. Maryland REALLY needs some points.

Following the offensive rebound, Vasquez hits a badly-needed three for Maryland.

However, McDowell hits a triple of his own on the other end.

8:11 p.m. — Maryland’s just not making its shots right now, shooting only 39 percent while the Tribe is making 55 percent of its shots. Those numbers speak for themselves.

8:10 p.m. — We’ve reached the final media timeout of the first half with William & Mary leading the Terps, 31-25.

Dave Neal is here in attendance, drawing a big hand from the Comcast crowd.

8:08 p.m. — Schneider hits the three off a couple nice cuts by the Tribe, and Milbourne misses the jumper on the other end. Maryland’s just not making its shots right now.

Kitts scores on the other end to give the Tribe a six-point lead, and Gary Williams calls a timeout. He is VERY upset with his team’s defensive effort.

8:06 p.m. — Hayes misses the open three, but Jordan Williams grabs the board and is fouled. He’s really showing a lot more aggression than he did in the first few games of the season.

He makes one of two freebies, giving the Terps a one-point lead. William & Mary breaks the press again, and Kitts cleans up the missed shot and puts it in for the Tribe.

8:04 p.m. — The Terps have to make a better effort to keep an eye on Danny Sumner. The senior is 3-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Kitts misses the layup with Gregory defending, and the Terps get it to Mosley who takes a wild, ill-advised fadeaway that comes up short.

Gregory attempts to take the charge on Kyle Gaillard, but is whistled for the block. The Comcast crowd doesn’t like it, but Gregory was still moving to the spot when the contact occurred.

8:00 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout with the Terps leading 23-22 over William & Mary.

7:58 p.m. — McCurdy travels, handing it back over to Maryland. The Terps are trying to press, but I’m not sure how long you can stay in it if it’s going to lead to open looks for the Tribe.

Mosley hits the fadeaway jumper, allowing the Terps to regain the lead. His improved shooting will be huge for this team if he can continue it into the ACC schedule.

7:56 p.m. — McCurdy drives to the lane and scores, and Gary Williams immediately signals for Hayes and Mosley to return to the game.

Sumner then hits a three to give the Tribe a three-point lead. There is definitely a nice contingent of fans for William & Mary in College Park tonight.

7:54 p.m. — The Terps come out of the timeout in the press, and the Tribe beats it, leading to a wide-open look for Sumner, and he cans the three. He has eight points already.

With the shot clock winding down on the other end, Vasquez cannot hit the one-handed runner.

7:51 p.m. — Good ball movement for the Tribe leads to an open three for McDowell and he connects. Maryland has allowed too many open looks from beyond the arc already, but William & Mary isn’t hitting them…yet.

We’ve reached the under-12 media timeout with the Terps leading the Tribe, 15-12, with 11:54 remaining.

7:49 p.m. — What a great sequence from Vasquez as he blocks Marcus Kitts shot and takes it the other way, delivering a behind-the-back pass to Hayes for the wide-open triple. It’s good!

On the other end, Hayes commits the foul to send McDowell to the line for two. He hits them both to make it a 13-9 Maryland lead.

7:46 p.m. — Hayes misses the wide-open three on the in-bound play. His shooting has cooled off a bit since the break for final exams.

The double team forces the Tribe to turn it over on the other end.

7:44 p.m. — We’ve reached the first official timeout with the Terps leading the Tribe, 8-7. William & Mary has had a couple open looks at threes, but have only converted one.

7:42 p.m. — Williams swats McCurdy’s shot, leading to a Vasquez layup on the other end.

However, the Tribe works it around to Sumner who hits the three ball.

7:40 p.m. — The Terps grab two offensive boards on the same possession but cannot score.

A couple possessions later, McDowell hits the jumper with Williams giving him space to shoot.

7:38 p.m. — William & Mary controls the tip, and the Terps come out playing man-to-man. The Tribe works it inside to Danny Sumner, and he has the first bucket of the game.

On the other end, Mosley gets the ball off the cut and hits the jumper. Very good sign to see the sophomore hit his first jumper after missing Sunday’s game.

7:36 p.m. — Maryland will be wearing the home whites while William & Mary will sport green with gold trim.

7:34 p.m. — We’re just about ready for tip-off. Stay right here at WNST.net throughout the evening for updates, analysis, and breaking news. And again, follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for Glenn Clark’s sharp wit and comments through the game!

7:30 p.m. — With the students still on winter break, the Comcast “Wall” is very sparse again. Completely understandable, but it’d be great to have a full student section against a difficult opponent.

7:25 p.m. — Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

William & Mary
G David Schneider
G Sean McCurdy
G Danny Sumner
F Quinn McDowell
F JohnMark Ludwick

Maryland
G Eric Hayes
G Greivis Vasquez
G Sean Mosley
F Landon Milbourne
C Jordan Williams

7:15 p.m. — In addition to their struggles guarding the 3-pointer, the Terrapins’ rebounding issues dating back to last season have carried over to the early stages of this season, even with the addition of talented freshmen Jordan Williams and James Padgett.

The good news in that department is the Tribe’s lack of size. Projected starting forwards Quinn McDowell (6-6) and Marcus Kitts (6-9) should not provide the matchup problems in the paint against Williams and Landon Milbourne. Both players should have success inside the paint—on both ends of the court.

7:00 p.m. — Maryland will need another big effort from Greivis Vasquez who was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday. The senior led the Terps with 26 points in Sunday’s win over Florida Atlantic, his third straight game eclipsing the 20-point mark and fourth out of five games.

Vasquez has raised his scoring average over the last seven games from 7.5 to 15.9 points, silencing those questioning his desire after flirting with the NBA Draft last June. His recent surge has allowed him to regain the team lead in scoring, surpassing three other Terps in double figures. Landon Milbourne (13.7), Sean Mosley (14.3), and Eric Hayes (12.4) are the other three in double digits scoring average.

6:55 p.m. — Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) to follow Glenn Clark’s one-liners and thoughts throughout the evening.

6:50 p.m. — Greetings and an early Happy New Year from Comcast Center as we’re 40 minutes away from a significant early-season test for the Terps (8-3).

William & Mary (8-2) comes to College Park with several impressive marks on the resume including wins over VCU and Wake Forest (in Winston-Salem) and a competitive nine-point loss to Connecticut in its season opener. Tony Shaver’s Tribe is currently in the midst of its second-longest winning streak in school history, winning eight in a row after dropping the first two games of the season to UConn and Harvard (in triple overtime).

William & Mary’s biggest strength lies in its three-point shooting, first in the CAA with 11.1 3-pointers per game and a 41 percent 3-point field goal percentage. The Terps will have to guard the glass and not allow second-chance opportunities for perimeter shots, something that’s been an issue for Maryland throughout the early part of the season.

Tonight’s game gives the Terps an opportunity to improve the non-conference resume after failing to pick up any signature victories in the Maui Invitational (Cincinnati and Wisconsin) or BB&T Classic (Villanova). While a victory over William & Mary would obviously not shine as brightly as last season’s upset over Michigan State, it wouldn’t hurt in March, assuming the Tribe has a successful run in the CAA.

A major story to keep an eye on this evening is the health of sophomore guard Sean Mosley. The Baltimore native sprained his left ankle on Christmas night and did not play against Florida Atlantic. While the injury is not considered serious and Mosley is expected to play this evening, Gary Williams hopes the injury will not hinder the sophomore’s explosiveness and defensive prowess.

Tonight’s game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet with Chick Hernandez and Ron Thompson providing the call.

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Maryland knocks off Florida Atlantic, 72-59

Posted on 27 December 2009 by Luke Jones

In lieu of a post-game recap, here are some post-game notes following the Terps’ 72-59 victory over Florida Atlantic.

– Sean Mosley sprained his ankle during practice on Christmas night, but the injury is not considered to be serious. He was dressed to play but watched the game from the Maryland bench. Williams expects Mosley to be ready for the William & Mary game on Wednesday night.

“He probably could have played some if we needed him,” Williams said.

– Williams pointed to the team’s two weaknesses and how they stood out this afternoon, referring to team rebounding and defending the three-point shot (Florida Atlantic went 8-for-19 from beyond the arc).

The Terps were outrebounded by Florida Atlantic, 49-45.

“We have to do something [about the rebounding],” Williams said. “I think that’s critical to our success as a team this season and we need to go to the ball more. We’ll address it. Hopefully we can fix it.”

Williams also discussed how he doesn’t focus on technique when it comes to rebounding, pointing to John Wooden’s philosophy that boxing out doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get the ball. The head coach also quipped that maybe Wooden’s philosophy was more successful having the likes of Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Bill Walton at UCLA.

Players echoed Williams’ concern in their post-game comments.

“Sometimes we just get caught watching the ball,” said forward Landon Milbourne, who had 19 points and five rebounds.

– Vasquez finished with a game-high 26 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and tossed five assists. It is the third game in a row the senior reached the 20-point plateau.

Williams described Vasquez’s play as “flat” at the start of the season and believed his busy summer (with the NBA Draft and not taking a break from playing) contributed to his slow start.

“I just want to continue to get better,” Vasquez said.

– Cliff Tucker and Jordan Williams were in the starting lineup, replacing Mosley and Dino Gregory respectively. Tucker earned his first start of the season, but Williams started for the first time since Gregory returned from suspension.

The head coach pointed to Gregory’s success and energy coming off the bench last season as the main reason for the change.

“That was my call,” Gary Williams said. “I just thought maybe a different look would help those guys.”

3:45 p.m. — This one’s in the books. Maryland defeats Florida Atlantic, 72-59. Check out the final stats right here.

Back soon with some post-game thoughts.

3:42 p.m. — With the Terps firmly in control, leading by 13, with just over a minute to play, they’ll begin looking ahead to Wednesday night with an interesting meeting with William & Mary. While it’s certainly a game the Terps should win, they cannot take the CAA team lightly.

3:38 p.m. — Too much Vasquez this afternoon for the Owls to overcome. Terps lead, 72-54, with 2:40 remaining. The senior now has 26 points.

3:35 p.m. — Vasquez scores inside, giving him 23 points for the game. It’s the senior’s third straight game with 20 or more points.

3:33 p.m. — Gregory with the nice block, leading to a Vasquez breakaway dunk!

Timeout, Florida Atlantic. Maryland leads with 4:35 remaining, 67-54.

3:31 p.m. — Hayes just took a shot from Baltimore (WAY behind the line!) and misses it. Taylor (back in the game after being injured earlier in the half) drains a three of his own on the other end.

3:26 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout with the Terps leading and in control, 63-49.

3:21 p.m. — DeMonte Simpson drains the jumper for the Owls, but Milbourne hits the jumper on the other end. The senior forward now has 17 points as he and Vasquez have clearly been the stars of the day for the Terps.

Alex Tucker, however, hits the three ball for Florida Atlantic. The pace has definitely picked up over the last few minutes.

3:19 p.m. — Milbourne drains the jumper from the top of the key. The Terps then force the steal, leading to a Vasquez layup.

Jarvis wants a timeout with the Terps now leading 56-42 with 10:55 remaining.

3:15 p.m. — Vasquez drives inside, scores, and is fouled. The senior misses the freebie and the chance for the three-point play.

Florida Atlantic is still hanging around, trailing by 13 points, but the Terps are in firm control of this one.

3:13 p.m. — It’s been another quiet afternoon for James Padgett. He played four minutes in the first half and is on the floor right now with Gregory in the frontcourt.

The big man has a ton of athleticism, but he still looks lost in the flex. And now with Gregory back from the suspension, it will be tough for the freshman to find minutes when conference play begins.

3:11 p.m. — Gregory gets the steal but cannot finish the dunk with the opponent contesting the shot.

Taylor is down after the play and appears to be in pain. Looks to be a shoulder injury.

3:06 p.m. — Tucker scores, giving him 10 points in the game. Very nice seeing the junior follow up his strong performance against Winston-Salem State with a solid outing after getting the start for the injured Sean Mosley.

3:04 p.m. — The Terps play some exceptional half-court defense and force the 35-second violation.

On the other end, Milbourne sinks the jumper, and the lead is up to 18.

3:02 p.m. — With the shot clock winding down, Taylor throws up a prayer of a 3-pointer and sinks it. To say that was lucky would be putting it mildly.

3:00 p.m. — We’re ready for the start of the second half with the Terps getting the first possession and Hayes missing the 3-pointer.

A possession later, Vasquez drills the triple, giving him 15 points and growing the lead to 15.

2:52 p.m. — I mentioned earlier that the Terps were making a concerted effort to get the ball inside this afternoon, and the stats back it up. Maryland had an astonishing 32 points in the paint in the first half.

2:46 p.m. — Check out the halftime stats right here.

2:45 p.m. — Hayes drives inside and scores just seconds before the buzzer. Maryland leads Florida Atlantic at the half, 39-27.

2:43 p.m. — Florida Atlantic has gone on a nice little run to close out the half and cut the lead to 10 points with under a minute to go. That definitely won’t make Gary Williams a happy man in the locker room during the break.

2:39 p.m. — Vasquez gets the steal and scores on the layup, pushing the lead back up to 13 points. The senior is having a very strong afternoon. If it weren’t already, I think it’s now safe to say the slump is over.

Tucker scores on the jumper, giving him six points for the afternoon.

2:35 p.m. — We’ve reached the final media timeout of the half with the Terps leading 33-20 over Florida Atlantic. Vasquez continues to lead the way with 10 points.

2:30 p.m. — Tucker drives inside a hits the shot in the paint. If the enigmatic junior can build upon his performance in Tuesday’s win, the Terps have a very dangerous scoring option coming off the bench.

2:28 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout with the Terps leading 26-15. Hayes forces the turnover and feeds it to Milbourne who scores…and one!

Milbourne drains the freebie to complete the three-point play.

2:21 p.m. — Vasquez scores in the land with the one-hander, and the Terps are up by nine.

Following a block, Milbourne scores on the other end, and Maryland now has a double-digit lead. Mike Jarvis will call a timeout with 9:29 remaining. Terps lead, 24-13.

2:18 p.m. — Gregory just took out Greg Gantt with a shot that would make Ray Lewis proud. Everyone’s okay, thankfully.

Gregory’s grabs the offensive rebound off the Vasquez miss and is fouled. I’m definitely a fan of the junior forward coming off the bench.

2:15 p.m. — Vasquez misses the jumper, but Adrian Bowie grabs the offensive board and finds a wide-open Hayes for three. Money.

The Terps have built the lead to 18-13 with 12:21 remaining in the first half.

2:12 p.m. — The Terps are really making an effort to create shots inside the paint so far this afternoon. I was concerned they’d come out a bit overconfident after the strong shooting performance on Tuesday night.

Gregory has checked in for Williams and immediately announces his presence by blocking a shot inside.

2:10 p.m. — Jordan Williams goes to the line and makes one of two.

On the other end, Hughley scores and we’re tied at 11.

2:07 p.m. — Milbourne hits a very nice fadeaway jumper from the baseline. He becomes a very dangerous player when he’s hitting that shot.

Vasquez scores with the one-hander and the Terps are up, 10-7.

2:05 p.m. — Jordan Williams made a very nice cut and had an open shot underneath but could not finish. I like the move to start the freshman and have Dino Gregory come off the bench.

Taylor hits a three for the Owls, but on the other end, Tucker finishes inside off a beautiful pass from Milbourne.

Terps lead early, 6-5.

2:02 p.m. — Gantt scores off the glass to give the Owls an early lead and Hayes misses the short jumper on the other end.

Florida Atlantic’s point guard Taylor is a little guy at only 5-foot-6. Appears to be very quick though.

1:57 p.m. — In case you were ever wondering what happened to Mike Jarvis (former head coach at GW and St. John’s), he is the head coach at Florida Atlantic, taking over the program in 2008 after a five-year layoff from the coaching ranks.

1:54 p.m. — Mosley is dressed to play, but I would be surprised to see him go today. The Terps really shouldn’t have too many problems with a 5-6 team out of the Sun Belt.

1:51 p.m. — There are some interesting changes to the Terps’ starting lineup. Sean Mosley has a slightly sprained ankle and will not start. The injury is not considered to be serious, but the Terps will obviously take every precaution with the gifted Baltimore sophomore.

Jordan Williams is also in the starting lineup, replacing Dino Gregory.

Florida Atlantic
G Raymond Taylor
G Greg Gantt
G Sanchez Hughley
F Brett Royster
C Justin Davis

Maryland
G Eric Hayes
G Greivis Vasquez
G Cliff Tucker
F Landon Milbourne
C Jordan Williams

1:40 p.m. — After a difficult stretch in which the Terps lost three of four games, they’re now looking to win their third game in a row this afternoon and will wrap up the current homestand on Wednesday night against William & Mary.

After getting off to a very slow start, Greivis Vasquez is back on track after posting back-to-back 20-point games for the first time since early last season (Youngstown State and Vermont).

The headline from Tuesday night’s victory over Winston-Salem State was Maryland’s new-found perimeter shooting, making nine of its 12 3-pointers in the first half. The Terps are now making nearly 40 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.

1:30 p.m. — Greetings from Comcast Center as the Maryland Terrapins (7-3) are set to take on the Florida Atlantic Owls (5-6) in about 30 minutes.

With most of Baltimore focused on a certain football game taking place in western Pennsylvania, I’m in College Park to bring you updates throughout the afternoon. Today’s game can only be seen on TerpsTV (available on the Terps official site), so feel free to keep me company and provide good news from the happenings in Pittsburgh.

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Terps rain threes, crush Winston-Salem St. 98-55

Posted on 22 December 2009 by Luke Jones

On a night when Greivis Vasquez finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double and the Terps shot an amazing 67 percent (12-for-18) from 3-point land, it was the contribution of two bench players that might be the most encouraging sign for the Terps (7-3) after an easy 98-55 victory over Winston-Salem State.

Any early-season doubts surrounding Vasquez have dissolved with the senior turning in two outstanding performances in a row. Vasquez scored 27 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds, but we’ve seen these performances from the outlandish guard before. Just ask North Carolina. As always, Maryland takes the good and the bad from Vasquez, and that’s not going to change in his senior season.

“I should get those numbers every game,” Vasquez said.

Vasquez’s dominating performance over the hapless Rams hardly qualifies as a season-altering moment, but the emergence of Cliff Tucker and Adrian Bowie from early-season comas bodes well for the Terps with the start of conference play less than three weeks away.

With the backcourt widely considered the team’s biggest strength, the juniors had struggled horribly in the season’s first nine games before breaking out Tuesday night.

Tucker scored 13 points, 11 coming in the first half, and hit three 3-pointers while Bowie chipped in nine points (all coming via 3-pointers) and five assists to provide the first-half spark for the Terps. The two were catalysts in a key 17-6 run over 4:02 of the first half, scoring 14 of those points.

The enigmatic Tucker has frustrated coaches and fans alike with inconsistent play despite spectacular flashes (see the North Carolina game last season) in his first two seasons at Maryland. The junior admits to not taking practice seriously in the past and credited a great week of work as the reason for his strong performance.

“In the first half, he got in the game and took his shots,” head coach Gary Williams said. “In other words, he was on balance, he took really good shots, he drilled them, and it was great to see. . .Tonight was a big step for Cliff. We have to figure out a way to get him out there.”

Struggling even more than Tucker was Bowie, who started 28 games last season and averaged 9.0 points per game. Entering Tuesday night’s game, Bowie’s production had fallen to just 3.0 points a game, including an abominable 7 percent from beyond the arc (not a typo). Bowie’s three 3-pointers against Winston-Salem State was three times the number of treys (1) he had made in the season’s first nine games.

“When I knocked down the first shot, everything just started feeling better from there,” Bowie said.

It’s hard to take much from Tuesday night’s game other than the ineptitude of Winston-Salem State (2-7), but the Terps will need Bowie and Tucker to perform well in reserve roles behind Vasquez, Eric Hayes (10 points), and Sean Mosley (12 points).

Bowie and Tucker will clearly need to sustain the success beyond one game—and against better competition—but it was a much-needed turnaround for two of Maryland’s role players.

– Vasquez led the team in scoring for the fifth time in the past six games, silencing concerns over his early-season funk.

“I think you saw tonight what he is capable of,” Williams said. “It is there and it will happen. Hopefully he is on his way.”

It was also the senior’s first double-double of the season and his last since March 12, 2009 against N.C. State in the ACC tournament.

– Maryland made 9 of 14 3-pointers in the first half and shot 67 percent from beyond the arc, a season-best. The Terps also shot a season-high 57 percent from the field.

– Tucker’s 13 points was his first double-figure performance since his 22-point explosion against North Carolina last season.

– Jordan Williams has grabbed at least five rebounds in all 10 games this season.

– Despite being outrebounded 19-14 in the first half, the Terps bounced back to lead the Rams, 25-17, in that department after the intermission.

– Maryland’s 98 points was its highest point total since a 101-50 victory over Missouri-Kansas City on Dec. 23, 2006. The 43-point margin of victory was also the biggest since the 51-point win against Missouri-Kansas City.

“I’m just pleased overall with what we did after not playing for awhile,” Gary Williams said. “Hopefully this gets us started for the rest of the year.”

Check out the final stats here and the live blog below.

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10:05 p.m. — Final score: Maryland 98, Winston-Salem St. 55

Back in a little with my post-game wrap.

You can check out the final stats here as you wait.

10:04 p.m. — Padgett scores to push the lead to 45 points. The frosh has seven points in the second half.

10:02 p.m. — Not really too much you can take away from this one except that Winston-Salem State is very bad.

Less than a minute remaining.

9:57 p.m. — Jin Soo Choi is now in the game, and sporting a new haircut. Ersin Levent is also on the floor. Remember, Steve Goins and David Pearman are out with knee injuries.

9:53 p.m. — After not scoring in the first half, Williams has 12 points to go along with seven rebounds. A solid performance by the freshman coming off the bench.

9:51 p.m. — Vasquez and Hayes go to the bench, signaling a probable end to their night with 5:00 to go.

Vasquez has 27 points while Hayes has chipped in 10.

9:49 p.m. — Vasquez hits a pair from the line, increasing the lead to 38 points.

The Terps will next host Florida Atlantic on Sunday afternoon. Not that I’m looking ahead or anything.

9:47 p.m. — Milbourne serves up the FACIAL (thanks, Marv Albert) on Lamar Monger as Hayes runs a beautiful fastbreak!

9:46 p.m. — Padgett banks one in from the line. And no, he didn’t call it.

Yikes.

9:43 p.m. — We’ve reached the under-8 media timeout with the Terps leading 82-50. This one has turned out to be exactly as I picture it, except for 12-for-17 shooting from downtown. Very impressive, but not something I expect to see very much with this team.

9:42 p.m. — Padgett checks back in with the Terps leading by 31 points. The freshman gets the ball in the paint, double-pumps, and scores. It would definitely be nice to see him get some quality minutes to build some confidence.

When the Terps get to the ACC schedule, they’ll need all three of their bigs to contribute.

9:40 p.m. — It’s been quiet night for Hayes, but two early fouls landed him on the bench early in the first half. With the new-found shooting from Tucker and Bowie, the senior sharpshooter could afford this one.

9:38 p.m. — David cleans up the missed lay-up with a dunk. Maryland has done a much better job on the glass in the second half, but Gary Williams won’t be happy with any more of those.

9:34 p.m. — Again, James Padgett is the odd man out in the frontcourt tonight, only playing four minutes in this one.

9:29 p.m. — Vasquez hits the jumper, giving him 25 points in the game. Maryland now leads by 30 with 11:56 to go.

9:27 p.m. — Yes, it’s only Winston-Salem State, but it’s very encouraging to see Bowie and Tucker wake up from their early-season coma in this one.

The two reserve guards have combined for 22 points in tonight’s game.

Timeout on the floor with 12:23 remaining and the Terps leading 67-39.

9:25 p.m. — Adrian Branch—err, I mean Bowie— hits another three. He now has three triples in the game after hitting only one in the first nine games of the season.

9:24 p.m. — Vasquez scores inside…and the foul!

After scoring nearly all of their points from the perimeter in the first half, the Terps have made a concerted effort to push the ball inside in the first five minutes of the second half.

9:20 p.m. — The Rams beat the press, leading to an alley-oop to Paul Davis.

Vasquez scores on a nice cut, however, on the other end.

9:16 p.m. — Jordan Williams scores inside to get his first field goal of the night. I’d like to see him get some extended time on the floor in the second half after playing only seven minutes in the first.

The freshman was really improving, posting a double-double against Villanova.

Williams scores again to push the lead to 21 points.

9:14 p.m. — Maryland looks much more aggressive on the defensive end since a slow start. Perhaps the nine-day layoff was a factor.

Vasquez gets another second-chance opportunity and is fouled going up. The senior nails both, and the lead is up to 19 points.

9:12 p.m. — Very nice reverse layup by Hayes on the look from Vasquez.

Following a turnover, Milbourne is absolutely HAMMERED by Jackson. The senior forward misses both free throws, but Vasquez grabs the offensive board and scores.

9:09 p.m. — Milbourne hits the jump hook in the paint to increase the lead to 14 points.

9:07 p.m. — The Rams get the ball to begin the second half with the Terps coming out in the press. Jackson gets whistled for traveling, and they’ll turn it over to Maryland.

8:54 p.m. –Check out the halftime stats right here at WNST.net!

8:52 p.m. — As I type from press row at Comcast Center, I have to pass along congratulations to Jimmy Patsos and the Loyola Greyhounds for a HUGE victory over Indiana in Bloomington. A great night for that program!

8:51 p.m. — We’ve reached halftime, with the Terps leading the Rams, 41-29.

8:50 p.m. — Milbourne forces the tie-up, giving it back to Maryland with 32.7 seconds to go. The Terps clearly needed to go on a run heading into the half, and that’s exactly what they’ve done.

8:48 p.m. — With one minute to play, the Terps have pushed the lead to nine points.

Make that 12 as Tucker hits his third trey of the half. Very encouraging to see the appearance of Tucker and Bowie in this one. Then again, it IS only Winston-Salem State.

8:44 p.m. — Vasquez’s three-ball goes circles the basket TWICE before dropping in.

It’s clear Gary Williams wants to see more tempo on the defensive end. Not an impressive effort on the glass in the first half.

8:40 p.m. — Milbourne hits the jumper from the foul line, and the Terps are back up by six.

With less than four minutes to go, you’d like to see the Terps go on a run to push the lead to double-digits.

8:38 p.m. — Gregory misses two from the line. While it’s clear Gary Williams prefers the experienced Gregory at the center position, he needs to make his free throws, especially as Jordan Williams showed an improved shooting touch in latter games.

8:36 p.m. — Milbourne stands his ground in the paint and draws the player-control foul on Jackson. He’s undersized, but no one should question the senior’s toughness at the forward position.

8:33 p.m. — Despite Maryland’s unbelievable shooting from beyond the arc (7-for-9), the Terps only lead 29-23. The half-court defense has been sloppy, and Gary Williams has not been happy with it.

Davis scores inside for the Rams to cut the lead to four.

8:30 p.m. — Tucker hits a three. The combination of Tucker and Bowie looking like Juan Dixon and Drew Nicholas in the early going. If only.

Brian Fisher answers with a three for the Rams, however.

8:29 p.m. — I just received a text message from Glenn Clark:

“Since when can they shoot?”

8:27 p.m. — Bowie with ANOTHER three. He has more triples tonight (2) than he had all season entering the game (1).

8:26 p.m. — Tucker hits the fallaway jumper.

With a subdued crowd, Gary Williams’ ranting is very audible. The head coach is not happy with his team’s half-court defense tonight.

8:25 p.m. — The Terps are 5-for-6 from downtown in the first nine minutes of the game. Very impressive, but let’s see if they can do it against the other school from Winston-Salem later in the year.

8:23 p.m. — Bowie finds an open Tucker who nails the three. As I wrote in the pregame, it’s very important for these two to grow some confidence going into conference play.

And as I type, Bowie hits a three. His shooting struggles have been no secret.

8:22 p.m. — The Terps fail to switch on the screen, leaving Shelton Carter wide-open for the triple and he nails it.

8:21 p.m. — Vasquez forces the steal but then forces a shot inside the paint. The Terps definitely looking out of sync on the offensive end.

8:20 p.m. — Lots of passing around the perimeter by the Terps, and they’re settling for jump shots.

Jordan Williams checks in for the first time, replacing Gregory. Gary Williams said Williams’ decreased playing time against Eastern Kentucky (Gregory’s return from suspension) was more about matchup problems than performance. It’s definitely something to monitor tonight.

8:18 p.m. — A second foul on Hayes will land him on the Maryland bench. A nice opportunity for Bowie to get some minutes. Now he has to do something with it.

Monger hits the baseline jumper for the Rams to cut the deficit to one.

8:17 p.m. — We’ve reached the first media timeout with the Terps leading the Rams, 10-7.

8:13 p.m. — Maryland showing a little 2-2-1 press to begin the game and playing man-to-man.

Fisher scores to tie the game at 7.

8:11 p.m. — Andrew Jackson hits the three to give the Rams an early lead. Three-point defense has definitely been a point of emphasis over the last couple weeks of practice.

Following a Milbourne score, the Terps force the turnover, and it leads to a layup for Mosley.

8:09 p.m. — Very nice start for Vasquez as he cans the three from the corner. After a rough start to the season, the senior really came on in the second half against Eastern Kentucky.

8:06 p.m. — As we listen to the Terrapins being introduced, just a couple more notes to pass along before tip-off.

* Hayes needs just 52 points to become the 48th Terp in history to reach 1,000 career points. His 87 percent mark from the line would be a school record.

* Mosley leads all ACC players in terms of improved scoring average from last season. His scoring is up 9.3 points per game, and the sophomore is shooting 63 percent from the field. It’s been a very impressive start for the Baltimore native, but can he continue it into ACC play?

7:58 p.m. — Though it comes as no surprise, it appears to be a very sparse crowd here at Comcast Center. With final exams wrapping up and students on winter break, the “Wall” is virtually empty tonight.

7:55 p.m. — Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Winston-Salem State
G Lamar Monger
G Brian Fisher
G Andrew Jackson
F Paul Davis
C Sam Johnson

Maryland
G Eric Hayes
G Sean Mosley
G Greivis Vasquez
F Landon Milbourne
F Dino Gregory

7:53 p.m. — Just a minor piece of news to pass along. In addition to Steve Goins (knee), reserve guard David Pearman has a knee injury and will not play. This comes as no real consequence unless you were hoping to see Pearman in the final minutes of an anticipated “easy” victory this evening.

7:51 p.m. — It’s no secret the Rams do not figure to provide much of a challenge to the Terps, but these next four games provide an opportunity to work on areas of concern as Maryland approaches the start of conference play on Jan. 10 against Florida State.

While many have opined about the Terps’ struggles in rebounding and 3-point defense, Maryland absolutely needs to get more production out of its bench players. After playing major parts on the NCAA tournament team from last season, Adrian Bowie and Cliff Tucker have been very disappointing in the early stages.

After averaging 9.0 points a game and starting 28 games a season ago, Bowie is shooting under 31 percent from the field including an egregious 7 percent from beyond the arc.

Tucker’s play has not seen as dramatic of a drop-off, but the athletic junior has failed to provide the spark he did last season, which included a 22-point performance in a win over North Carolina.

It’s no secret that Vasquez and Hayes are not great defensive players, so it’s crucial for Bowie and Tucker to produce when they receive minutes.

7:40 p.m. — I’d like to send a special shout-out to all of the WNST fans that made the trip to tonight’s game! Be sure to check out all of our great trips at WNST.net!

7:35 p.m. — Good evening and Happy Holidays from Comcast Center as the Terps (6-3) are set to take on Winston-Salem State (2-6) out of the MEAC after a nine-day layoff for final exams. After only playing one game over the last 16 days, tonight marks the first of three games over the next eight days for Maryland.

Maryland’s last game was a surprisingly competitive 83-72 victory over Eastern Kentucky with Greivis Vasquez scoring a season-high 20 points despite being benched for the first six minutes of the game after arriving late to a shootaround.

The Rams began the season with three straight blowout losses to Oregon (94-43), Colorado State (57-40), and UC-Davis (99-79) before finally securing their first victory of the season against Atlanta Christian. Winston-Salem St. took on Wake Forest on Nov. 24, falling 76-52 to the Demon Deacons.

Tonight’s game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet+ with Al Koken and Ron Thompson providing the call.

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