'Nova Takes Terps to the Bank in BB&T Classic

Despite 26 points from Sean Mosley, the Terps were unable to overcome undefeated Villanova.

Sophomore guard Sean Mosley had another impressive night, netting 26 points with 5 rebounds. Even with this inspiring play, the Maryland Terrapins could not catch a break against a very good Villanova team.

In the first half, Maryland at one point had been down by 16, and could never recover. The Villanova Wildcats attempted 39 shots from behind the arc (tying a school record) and made 16. Scottie Reynolds had 25 for Villanova who never seemed to flinch against the Terps. It seemed like, although Maryland matched up evenly in size, they couldn't stop the ferocious Wildcats from taking advantage of Maryland's lack of production by important players like Greivis Vasquez and Landon Milborne.

On a brighter note, Maryland showed that they can still be productive without their stars. Senior Eric Hayes had 20 and freshmen Jordan Williams had 19.

At one point in the second half, Maryland went on a 10-2 run, getting the lead cut to just three with the score 61-58. Sadly, Villanova's Taylor King hit a crucial 3-pointer that seemed to be the end of an impressive stretch for the Terps.

With 19 turnovers and less than stellar play from the Terps, it would be next to impossible to contend with the No. 3 team in the nation.

For Terps fans, a 95-86 loss to one of the nation's best teams isn't exactly a disappointment. If they want to contend with the likes of Duke, Georgia Tech and North Carolina, the Terps need to continue their strong play from Mosley, Hayes and company and add in much needed support from struggling Vasquez, Milborne, and the bench. Without this, the Terps may be looking at a very tough season.

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