Terps Dominate Miami 81-59

The Maryland Terrapins gained soul possession of first place in the ACC with a 81-59 victory over the Miami Hurricanes.

The Terps and their fans could get used to this: blowing teams out in the ACC and being alone in first.

In what has become commonplace, the Terps embarrassed a conference rival, beating Miami 81-59 in a game that wasn't even that close.

Seniors Greivis Vasquez and Landon Milbourne led the way, with each scoring 16. Vasquez added nine assists, and is now averaging 6.2 per game for the season. The Terps' two leading scorers on the season continue to set the example that the rest of the team is following.

“Leadership isn't just the guys who clap hands when the coach is looking,” head coach Gary Williams said after the game. “It's what you do on the court, how you are in practice every day, and we're fortunate to have that type of leadership on this team. That's been there from day one in practice, October 17.”

Sophomore Sean Mosley continued his stellar all-around play, scoring 10 while grabbing seven rebounds, three of which were offensive boards, and tallying three assists and three steals. The Baltimore native was 3-5 from the field, keeping his field goal percentage at an otherworldly 58.8 mark.

The Terps as a whole dished out 19 assists on 28 field goals, and ball movement and hustle have become a trademark of this year's Terrapins.

In the last few games, multiple players from Greivis Vasquez to Sean Mosley to Dino Gregory to Adrian Bowie have thrown their bodies on the floor for loose balls and forcing turnovers.

“I think [diving for loose balls] is part of college basketball, that's part of the NBA in the playoffs, that's how they play in the playoffs,” Williams said. “We have to play like that all year round because each game is so important… Once you get a couple of guys making that commitment, and it's usually the older guys, then everybody else has to do that or else you look really bad.”

The Hurricanes looked apathetic at times, and it was clear that the Terps outhustled and outmuscled them all game long. The Terps won the battle for points in the paint 42-20. In the last four games, Maryland has outscored their opponents in the paint 180-76.

A huge reason for that is freshman big man Jordan Williams, who scored eight points and added six rebounds tonight. His impact is felt more on the defensive end, where he shut down Miami's leading scorer Dwayne Collins, holding him to five points.

Though the Terps can now lay claim to being the only team at the top of the crazy mess of the ACC (Clemson lost to cellar-dweller Boston College tonight), they know they can't get complacent.

“This means a lot to us,” Vasquez said, “but we can't be satisfied. I know, and we know, that it's too early. We've got to put this win behind us and get ready for a big game this Sunday.”

Sunday is when the Terps travel to Clemson. While being 4-1 is great for the Terps, a win over the talented Tigers and Trevor Booker in South Carolina will legitimize their ACC title hopes and quell all the doubters after a sub-par out-of-conference showing.

Senior Eric Hayes, who scored 10 and has been as consistent as anyone on the team during his final season, knows that nothing is assured, and knows what lies ahead of his team.

“It's all great what we've done so far,” he said, “but we know it can turn real fast for us and quickly go downhill. We just want to stay focused. We've got a couple of big road games coming up, and we know it's not easy on the road. We just need to stay focused and keep playing the way we have been.”

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