Greivis Vasquez came off of the bench to lead all scorers with 20 points, in what Gary Williams called his best game yet. The senior guard shot 50 percent from the field while adding 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
The Terps (6-3) never trailed against the Colonels (7-3), but weren't able to put them away until late in the second half.
After a comfortable lead early on, Maryland let the Colonels on a 15-2 run late in the first half. The Terps went into the half up only 8, thanks to a Greivis Vasquez jumper with 5 seconds remaining.
Eastern Kentucky kept it close the whole game, tying it up at 60 with only 8 minutes remaining. Despite the effort from the Ohio Valley Conference opponent, the Terps prevailed late to get the non-conference victory.
Eastern Kentucky came into the game averaging 11 three-pointers per game and was able to meet that mark against the Terps. Justin Stommes scored 16 points for the Colonels while shooing 4-8 from three-point range.
Terps' Leader Greivis Vasquez didn't start because he was late to the morning shoot around, ending an 80 game consecutive start streak stemming back from his freshman year.
This was a great game for me. Just to sit on the bench and see everything from the outside in, and look at myself to get back to what I am I was going through a tough time these past eight games, Greivis mentioned.
Dino Gregory returned to the lineup and started over freshman Jordan Williams while eliminating all minutes from James Padgett. Gregory scored 8 points in 33 minutes of his season debut, while Williams scored 4 points in only 9 minutes of play.
It was good to see Dino out there. I thought he did a great job for his first game. He was aggressive, he didn't look nervous to me, Coach Williams said.
Milbourne, who finished one rebound shy of a double-double, scored 19 points while Hayes added 16.
Coming off of his best game as a Terp against Villanova, sophomore Sean Mosley tallied 16 points.
The Terps will be able to rest during finals week because they only have one game in the next two weeks. Maryland will face Winston Salem at home on December 22 after a ten-day break from games.
We will go from here We are in a lot better shape right now then we were last year at this time, so we're looking forward to the future, Coach Gary Williams said.