Terps Edge Yellow Jackets in Comeback Win

Maryland overcame a 10-point second half deficit to knock off Georgia Tech, 68-61, in the ACC opener on Saturday. The win gave head coach Gary Williams his 250th win at home. Eric Hayes and Greivis Vasquez led the Terps with 17 and 16 points, respectively, in the comeback.

It was the third time this season Maryland overcame a halftime deficit.

"I was really proud of our team because, in the first half, I thought we had really good looks, but we couldn't make a shot," Williams said after the game. "We couldn't make a jump shot. To shoot 25 percent, but then get down 10 in the second half and still have the toughness to come back, I think, is really a good sign for the next 15 games. You've got to go through a game like that to know you can do it and hopefully we really get a lot out of this game."

With 9:44 remaining in the game, Tech's Lewis Clinch hit a jumper to give the Yellow Jackets a 10-point lead. But the Terps (12-3, 1-0) went on a 15-2 run to take a one-point lead with 7:12 left. Eric Hayes hit a 3 from the left corner and then hit another from the right side to put the Terps on top.

Hayes would score again for his eighth straight point to put the Terps up three. The 17 points for the junior guard was a career high and he knocked down 4-of-6 from long range.

"We were missing open shots that we should have been making in the first half," Hayes said. "Everyone kept telling me to keep shooting. I wanted to step up, since I didn't really do anything in the first half, scoring-wise. The team needs me to make shots, and I was just happy I could come out with confidence and make those shots in the second half."

But Georgia Tech answered with five straight points of their own to take back a two-point lead. On the defensive end, though, Landon Milbourne blocked a shot and grabbed a defensive rebound, and on the other end Vasquez drove and kicked out to Dave Neal who knocked down a 3 with 4:32 left.

With just more than two minutes left, Tech took the lead again, 61-59, but the Terps answered. Adrian Bowie got out on the break and split two defenders to score, tying the score with just more than a minute to play. Bowie would then follow up it with a steal and then draw a foul on the offensive end. He knocked down both free throws, giving Maryland a two-point lead that they would never give up.

Bowie scored 11, all coming in the second half, and Sean Mosley scored 10 off the bench to help the Terps. Milbourne grabbed nine rebounds and scored three to go along with a blocked shot and a pair of steals.

Defensively, Maryland had 12 steals and held the Yellow Jackets to just 36 percent shooting in the second half, including 1-of-7 from behind the arc. They also forced 28 Georgia Tech turnovers, which was a season high.

"We were the team with the turnovers Wednesday night," Williams said. "Our press was really good in the second half. I felt that after the half that it got them out of their half-court offense a little bit, in terms of their timing wasn't as good as it was in the first half. I thought they did a really good job with their offense in the first half and we were able to disturb that a little bit."

Maryland travels to South Florida to take on Miami on Wednesday night. It will be their first trip away from the Comcast Center in more than a month.

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