Maryland Rolls Against UNC

Terps use a double-double by Greivis Vasquez to roll past UNC 92-71.

There is just something about playing North Carolina that Greivis Vasquez thrives off of.

Last season, with his team fighting for a tournament spot, Vasquez tallied a triple-double with a game high 35 points to help the Terps upset the no. 3 ranked Tar Heels.

This game contained different stakes, but Vasquez yielded the same type of results against the struggling Heels. The Maryland senior scored a double-double with 26 points and 11 assists to lead the Terps in the 92-71 blowout of North Carolina.

Maryland (16-6, 6-2) held a comfortable lead for much of the game, including a ten-point lead heading into the half.

North Carolina (13-10, 2-6) was able to reduce the deficit to 3 early on in the second half, but the Terps, who never trailed in the game, were able to pull away for the easy victory.

All three Maryland seniors scored in double digits, totaling 57 points combined. Hayes finished with 16 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc. The Terps overwhelmed the Heels with twelve 3-pointers on 53-percent shooting from deep.

Landon Milbourne added 15 points and 5 rebounds to complete the dominance by the Maryland seniors. In the second half, Milbourne reached the milestone of 1,000 points for his Maryland Career, joining teammates Eric Hayes and Greivis Vasquez.

"We can do that with players like Landon, Greivis and Eric. I think their composure both on and off the court has been a big thing for us this year. We can compete. We're a very competitive team,” Coach Gary Williams said.

The Tar Heels were led by guard Marcus Ginyard and forward Deon Thompson. Ginyard was able to tally a team high 17 points while Thompson added 16 in the loss.

North Carolina, coming off of a national championship season, is undoubtedly in a rebuilding year in which they have fallen to 2-6 in the ACC.

"In 21 years as head coach I've never been in this spot, but somewhere, somehow, I've got to help the kids to get out of it. But 2-6 is not comfortable…” Carolina coach Roy Williams commented on his team's unusual dismal season.

With the snow keeping many fans from traveling to the game, more students were able to attend the game even without a ticket. The raucous crowd helped to fuel the Terps en route to a 6-2 start in the ACC and a spot right next to the Duke Blue Devils in first place.

“I just want to thank [the fans]. It was so loud and they were one of the reasons why we won. We're thankful for that and we appreciate what they do for us,” Vasquez commented.

Maryland will welcome a surprising Virginia team into the Comcast Center on Wednesday evening in a key ACC matchup.

"It's a big game for us,” Senior Eric Hayes said about the game. “They're playing pretty well…. We have to be ready for them because they're coming in here thinking they can win.”

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