You can start off Maryland's list of key victories with the Seminoles as the Terps began ACC play with a victory over 18th ranked Florida State 77-68.
The Terps (10-4, 1-0) got ahead of the visiting Seminoles (13-3, 1-1) early and never looked back. Leading by as much as 16 at one point, Maryland kept their foot on the throttle to pick up the upset victory.
Greivis Vasquez extended his streak of 20-plus point games to six by finishing with 22 points, 17 of which came in the second half. In the first half, Vasquez played similar to his poor play earlier in the season, shooting 2-8 from the field with only 5 points. The senior guard came alive in the second half and took over the game to secure the victory.
I think Greivis Vasquez really showed his maturity, Gary Williams said. I'm proud of him, but I expect him to play like this. He's that type of player." Florida State, who has never won at the Comcast Center, made it interesting in the second half with an 11-0 run. The Seminoles reduced the Terrapin lead to as little as three points, but couldn't get any closer than that.
"This is the ACC. We knew coming out of halftime they were going to make a run. You've got to give them credit. We just stayed together and we got the win, Vasquez commented on FSU's comeback. Chris Singleton, who gathered a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds, led the resilient Seminoles in the contest. Solomon Alabi, limited by foul trouble early on, was able to tack on 17 points and 2 blocks.
But, Singleton and Alabi's efforts were not enough to leave College Park with the ACC victory and extend their winning streak to eight games.
Eric Hayes contributed 17 points for the Terps, who shot surprisingly efficient against a Florida State team who is known for their tough defense. Maryland shot 47 percent from the field, including an impressive 10-16 shooting mark from 3-point range. Hayes is now only 7 points shy of 1,000 points in his career.
The Terps have won five of their last six games, with this one being the biggest of them all. Maryland can't enjoy this game for long though. Tuesday the Terps travel to Winston-Salem North Carolina to battle Wake Forest in hopes of improving to 2-0 in the ACC.