On an emotionally charged senior night, the 6-foot-6 Vasquez not only propelled his team into a first place tie with the Blue Devils, but may have done enough to convince the voter that he, and not Duke senior Jon Scheyer should be honored as the conference player of the year.
The race may come down to this weekend's season finale for both squads as Duke hosts rival North Carolina while Maryland will finish with a road trip to Virginia.
While Vasquez, who scored the game's final two points, certainly had the last laugh, Scheyer made his pitch during a first half rally that saw him help his team erase a 14 deficit with a pair of three pointers that straddled the half time break to make it 41-40 after Scheyer hit his second perimeter jumper nine seconds into the second.
A pair of Scheyer free throws two minutes later would give Duke its biggest lead of the game at 46-42 with 17 minutes remaining. Maryland would respond with a 12-3 spurt to take a 54-49 lead forcing the Blue Devils into a timeout at the 11 minute mark.
Duke would rally back to tie the game at 69 apiece on a Scheyer layup with 2:09 left, but that would be the Blue Devils' last gasp. After Williams collected an offensive rebound and putback, Vasquez connected on a two point jumper to make it 73-69 with 39 seconds remaining. After two Terrapin free throws, Williams would complete the fatal 8-0 run in the final 90 seconds and send the Comcast Center into celebration.