Terps Dismantle BC in Chestnut Hill

The Maryland Terrapins used a dominate performance in all facets of the game to crush BC 73-57.

After the first few minutes, there was little doubt over which was the better team. The Terps spent the rest of the game reinforcing that indeed, they were.

After 40 minutes of dominance, Gary Williams' Terrapins proved with a 73-57 win on the road that in the wide-open ACC, Maryland's got just as good a chance as anyone.

Greivis Vasquez scored 17 points and dished out nine assists, ending his streak of 20-point games at seven.

Perhaps most importantly for the Terps, Vasquez played in control and unselfish basketball, and let the shots come to him. He shot 7-of-13 from the field with only two turnovers.

Vasquez was penetrating, shooting well from outside and distributing with efficiency. The only thing that was missing was his trademark shimmy. The Venezuelan senior decided instead to let his game to the talking and dancing.

The Terps also benefited from big games from junior guards coming off the bench, Cliff Tucker and Adrian Bowie. Tucker had 14 points and made all three of his 3-point attempts. Bowie added 15.

Boston College had an atrocious offensive performance, shooting 36.8 percent from the field and committing 18 turnovers. They were led by Corey Raji's 14 points and Rakim Sanders' 10.

Maryland rebounded from a tough loss in their last game, losing by two points in overtime at Wake Forest after opening their ACC schedule by upsetting then-No. 18 Florida State in the Comcast Center. The Terps are now 11-5 and 2-1 in the ACC. Boston College fell to 10-8 overall and 1-3 in ACC play.

In a year where the only undefeated team left in the ACC is overachieving Virginia, Maryland, despite having a disappointing out-of-conference performance, finds itself with a chance to seriously contend for the regular season title.

This feeling was reinforced when defending national champion UNC lost at home to Georgia Tech earlier in the day, giving them their second ACC loss already.

After the loss in Winston-Salem on Tuesday, many were questioning whether Vasquez's shot selection and decision-making was hurting the team. Vasquez played far more patiently today, and found his teammates continuously throughout the game.

Another promising story line to take from the game was the way the Terps dominated against the undersized Eagles. The Terps have now handled teams with dominant big men (FSU's Soloman Alabi), dominant wing men (Wake's Al-Farouq Aminu), and a balanced attack without much size, like Boston College. Defensively, it would appear the Terps are prepared to handle all comers.

Gary Williams just hopes that the Terps can do to their legitimate ACC contenders, like Duke, Clemson, Miami and North Carolina, what they just did to BC: throttle them.

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