Terps topple Tar Heels in a OT Thriller 88-85

Greivis Vasquez scores 35 points to lead the Maryland Terrapins to an 88-85 overtime victory over the #3 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.

Greivis Vasquez used a 13-24 shooting performance to help lead the Terps with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and an upset victory on Saturday. Vasquez started the game scoring Maryland's first 16 points.

Maryland trailed 39-30 going into the half and shot only 12-37 from the field. They were 4-14 from behind the arc in the first half and had committed nine turnovers. UNC outscored Maryland 22-12 in the paint which helped them take a nine point lead into the half.

The second half was a different story. The Tar Heels came out of the half and built up a 16 point lead with 14:17 left. Then the Terps scored eight straight points on baskets from Jerome Burney, and three pointers from Cliff Tucker and Eric Hayes to cut the lead in half.

Down by nine with 1:54 left in the game, Cliff Tucker drilled a three pointer to cut the lead to six. On the Tar Heels next possession, Tucker stole the ball from Ty Lawson and Vazquez helped the Terps cut the lead to four with a layup. After an offensive foul by Tyler Hansbrough on the next possession, Eric Hayes hit a jumper to cut the lead to two with just over a minute remaining. After a missed jumper by Danny Green, the Terps let the clock wind down for the last shot and with eight seconds left Vasquez made a layup to tie the game. Carolina had one last chance, but Lawson missed a last second heave.

In overtime, the game was knotted up with just over a minute remaining when Greivis Vasquez hit a three pointer to give the Terps a lead they would never relinquish. After two free throws from Wayne Ellington cut the Terps lead to one with five seconds left, Carolina fouled Vasquez on the in-bounds. Vasquez made both free throws to extend the lead to three. With four seconds remaining, Ty Lawson turned the ball over and Eric Hayes heaved it into the air as time expired and the crowd rushed the floor.

The second half and overtime was all about the three headed monster of Vasquez, Hayes and Tucker. Tucker shot seven for nine in the second half and OT from the field and was 4-6 from three point range. He finished the game with 22 points on eight of twelve shooting. Maryland shot 19-31 from the field in the second half and overtime and 9-16 from three point range. The Terps bench outscored North Carolina's 41-5. Maryland held Player of the Year candidate Tyler Hansbrough to 11 points and 11 rebounds on 4-12 shooting.

This was just a great team effort," Gary Williams said. "You hear that cliche', and it is a cliche', but it's a good cliche' because you can't win against a team that's ranked #3 in the country without a team effort. After not being able to play defense against them 18 days ago, we had to dig really deep to be able to do that."

Duke comes in to Comcast on Wednesday as the Terps try to win back to back games against teams in the top 10. "This one puts us back on the map as an NCAA Tournament team," said senior Dave Neal. "We've still got some more games. We beat UNC and now we've got the #9 team coming in here. We're in a great position to steal another win."

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