Getting Inside- 2/22

The Terps used a last second three pointer to beat Georgia Tech Saturday and remain in the ACC hunt


Junior Cliff Tucker might have been an unlikely hero for Maryland, but sometimes that is exactly what a team in the midst of a tight conference race needs.

Tucker, who averages less than five points a game, hit the game-deciding 3-pointer to give the Terrapins their 76-74 victory over Georgia Tech on Feb. 20, keeping them right behind Duke in the ACC standings.

Maryland trailed by one point after Tech's Derrick Favors scored on a put-back with three seconds remaining.

Grevis Vasquez rushed up the floor and banked in a shot from midcourt, but coach Gary Williams had called a timeout with 1.5 seconds left just before Vasquez let fly.

Williams set up a play that the Terps work on every day in practice with one big difference. Tucker, not Vasquez or Sean Mosley or someone else, would get the pass from Eric Hayes and take the shot.

"I'm usually on the other team against the starters," Tucker said. "It's usually Greivis or Sean with the ball. We worked on that play a lot. It is usually supposed to be a lob, but it was too far away, so I just went to the 3-point line."

Said Williams: "You don't go into those situations without having practiced them, and for the last 15 minutes of practice it is all about situations.

"It might only come up one time over the whole season, but it is important for the player to remember how we are going to run a play depending on how much time is left. So at least when we had the ball in that situation we had done that before in practice and there was a positive image there.

"So we got lucky there at the end, but we executed that play pretty well."

The victory improved Maryland to 9-3 in the ACC and 19-7 overall.

The Terps have four games remaining, two at home (Clemson next and Duke) and two on the road (Virginia Tech and Virginia) before heading to Greensboro, N.C., for the ACC Tournament.


--Senior G Greivis Vasquez scored 18 points against Georgia Tech to become the first player in ACC history with at least 2,000 points, 700 assists and 600 rebounds in his career. He has 2,013 points, 725 assists, and 617 rebounds. Vasquez has scored 74 points over the last three games, with 19 assists.

--Defense has been getting it done for Maryland. Through Feb. 20, the Terps had held nine of their past 11 opponents to under 40 percent shooting. Georgia Tech was the second to top 40 percent, shooting 41.2 percent for the game. Duke was the other (41.5).

ON THE SPOT: F Landon Milbourne has been in a bit of a slump in recent games. He has scored in double figures only once in the last four games (14 against Virginia) and is shooting only 35.9 percent (14 of 39) over that span.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think it speaks for itself. Greivis had his critics, but the numbers are there and when you look at what he has done for the team this year he has always done everything he could. Last year he led the team in points, rebounds and assists and for anybody who thinks that he doesn't belong in the top five to seven players that have ever been here, they don't know the game very well." -- Coach Gary Williams, when asked about the accomplishment of Greivis Vasquez.


SEASON RECAP: Maryland enters the week having won five of its last six games and is unbeaten at home in league play after getting past Georgia Tech. The Terps improved to 9-3 in the ACC and 19-7 overall by winning three of four games they played over an eight-day stretch. Since losing to Duke to start the span, the Terps have beaten Virginia, North Carolina State and the Yellow Jackets.

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


Maryland 85, Virginia 66

Maryland 67, North Carolina State 58

Maryland 76, Georgia Tech 74


vs. Clemson, Wednesday, Feb. 24

at Virginia Tech, Saturday, Feb. 27

vs. Duke, Wednesday, March 3

at Virginia, Saturday, March 6

vs. TBD, ACC Tournament, Greensboro, N.C., Thursday-Sunday, March 11-14

IN FOCUS: Clemson comes to Maryland with a three-game winning streak after beating Virginia. A Maryland win likely would eliminate the Tigers (7-5 in the league after their win over Virginia) as challengers to the Terps for one of the four byes in the ACC Tournament.


--Freshman F Jordan Williams just missed his third consecutive double-double when he scored only nine points to go along with his 12 rebounds against Georgia Tech. In his last three games, Williams has averaged 13.0 points and 11.3 rebounds.

--F Dino Gregory scored only nine points for the game, but seven came in the first half against the Jackets and gave Maryland a much-needed spark on its way to a 34-32 lead at the break.

--G Eric Hayes came off a scoreless effort in the win at N.C. State to score 15 points against Georgia Tech. He was 6 of 10 from the field (3 of 6 on 3-pointers) and also had five assists.

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