Maryland Terrapins- Getting Inside

The Terps used two breakout games from Greivis Vasquez to defeat Winston-Salem and FAU after a long 10-day break for finals.


Maryland had been looking for a breakout game from Greivis Vasquez, and the senior guard delivered in a 98-55 rout of Winston-Salem State.

Vasquez took over the team scoring lead with a season-high 27 points, making all four of his 3-point tries in the process. Vasquez just missed a triple-double, adding eight rebounds and handing out 11 assists.

"I think you saw tonight what he is capable of," coach Gary Williams said. "It is there, and it will happen. Hopefully, he is on his way.

"I thought he played about like that in the second half of the Eastern Kentucky game, carrying into (the Winston-Salem game). Hopefully, it will be there the next game. That's very important because he is a leader and he helps everyone else when he is playing at that level."

Vasquez, who had 20 points in the win over Eastern Kentucky, backed up his effort against Winston-Salem with a 26-point afternoon in a 72-59 win over Florida Atlantic.

That raised his season average to 15.9 points a game, closer to his 17.5 scoring average of last season.

The victories over Winston-Salem and Florida Atlantic came after a 10-day break for final exams and made the Terps 8-3 on the season.

"I'm just pleased overall with what we did after not playing for a while," Williams said. "Hopefully, this gets us started for the rest of the year."


--Senior Greivis Vasquez played in his 100th game for the Terrapins in the win over Winston-Salem State, and he registered his first double-double of the season with 27 points and 11 assists. His last double-double had come in the ACC tournament last season when he had 17 points and 10 assists against N.C. State.

--The Terps had season highs both in 3-point attempts (14) and 3-pointers made (nine) in the rout of Winston-Salem but were only three of 12 from long distance against Florida Atlantic.

JANUARY AT A GLANCE: After a light December schedule (six games), the pace picks up for the Terps in January. They have eight games, six of them against ACC foes. They open league play at home against Florida State, then go on the road for back-to-back games against Wake Forest and Boston College. They have two other home games (N.C. State and Miami) and one other trip in ACC play (Clemson). The nonconference games, both at home, are against UNC Greensboro and Longwood.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "They're works in progress. We're all working hard to see how we can get better." -- Coach Gary Williams, on the play of freshmen Jordan Williams and James Padgett.


SEASON RECAP: The Terrapins registered double-digit wins over Eastern Kentucky, Winston-Salem and Florida Atlantic following the loss to Villanova, but more encouraging was the late play of G Greivis Vasquez. Vasquez hit the 20-point mark for the third consecutive game with a 26-point effort against Florida Atlantic. The Terps need to have a successful ACC season after losing to Cincinnati, Wisconsin and Villanova in their nonconference schedule.

PLAYER ROTATION: Usual Starters -- F Landon Milbourne, F Dino Gregory, G Eric Hayes, G Sean Mosley, G Greivis Vasquez. Key Subs -- F Jordan Williams, F James Padgett, G/F Cliff Tucker, G Adrian Bowie.


Maryland 83, Eastern Kentucky 72

Maryland 98, Winston-Salem 55

Maryland 72, Florida Atlantic 59


vs. William & Mary, Wednesday, Dec. 30

at UNC Greensboro, Sunday, Jan. 3

vs. Florida State, Sunday, Jan. 10

at Wake Forest, Tuesday, Jan. 12

at Boston College, Saturday, Jan. 16

IN FOCUS: William & Mary will bring an eight-game winning streak to College Park after opening the season with losses at Connecticut and Harvard, the latter in three overtimes. The Tribe is getting balanced scoring, with G David Schneider averaging 17.3 points, G/F Quinn McDowell 14.8 and F Danny Summer 12.7.


--Sophomore G Sean Mosley, the team's second-leading scorer (14.3 ppg), did not play against FAU because of a sprained ankle. He had started each of Maryland's other 10 games.

--G/F Cliff Tucker was 5-for-5 from the field, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range, in the rout of Winston-Salem. He was 5-for-11 and missed his only 3-point attempt against FAU.

--Freshman F Jordan Williams had eight rebounds off the bench against Winston-Salem and six against FAU. He had at least five rebounds in each of Maryland's first 11 games.

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