The Terps went double-overtime on Feb. 27 for the win over the Hokies to improve to 11-3 in conference play. They will be playing for a share of the conference lead when Duke visits on Wednesday. The Terps finish the regular season at Virginia.
Coach Gary Williams praised his Terps for their tenacity in the gritty win over the Hokies.
The Terps thought they had it won in regulation when Eric Hayes hit a basket they thought was a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left.
They let Tech's Malcolm Delaney drive the length of the court for a basket with 0.9 seconds on the clock, and that turned out to be a tying shot when Hayes was ruled to have his toes on the line for his jumper, making it worth only two.
In the first overtime, Delaney missed a bank shot that would have put his team up by two in the closing seconds, and Greivis Vasquez missed a jumper at the other end to send the game to a second extra period.
The Terps finally got the upper hand in the final minute of the second overtime but still had to sweat out Erick Green's 3-point attempt in the closing seconds.
It missed. Sean Mosley rebounded and went to the free throw line with a second left and canned both to make it a four-point margin.
"We made a couple of mistakes there, but we didn't quit," Williams told the Washington Post. "And we had to battle back a couple other times.
"And so, to me, that's a great basketball team. Not how you look or whether it's pretty. It's just a great basketball team that won that game."
--Senior G Greivis Vasquez scored a career-high 41 points in the win at Virginia Tech, going 13 of 33 from the field, including 5 of 15 on 3-pointers. He handed out six assists and had only two turnovers. It was the second time in his last five games he has scored at least 30 points. He is averaging 26.0 points over that span.
--The 11 ACC wins for the Terrapins are their most in conference play since the 2002-03 team finished 11-5. The Terps were 15-1 in the league the year before that, when they went on to win the national championship.
ON THE SPOT: Maryland was out-rebounded 52-43 at Virginia Tech, the fourth consecutive game in which the Terps have lost the boards. They are being out-rebounded by nearly two a game in conference play.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Virginia Tech gave it their all. We gave it our all. And, you know, we poured it on down the stretch." -- G Sean Mosley, in the Washington Post, after Maryland's win at Virginia Tech.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
SEASON RECAP: Maryland has won its past five games since losing at Duke, including road wins at North Carolina State and Virginia Tech, to move to 11-3 in the ACC. The Terrapins are 21-7 overall and haven't lost consecutive games since losing to Cincinnati and Wisconsin in the last two games of the EA Sports Maui Invitational in November.
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 76, Georgia Tech 74
Maryland 88, Clemson 79
Maryland 104, Virginia Tech 100 (2OT)
vs. Duke, Wednesday, March 3
at Virginia, Saturday, March 6
vs. TBD, ACC Tournament, Greensboro, N.C., Thursday-Sunday, March 11-14
IN FOCUS: Maryland fell behind early against Duke in the first meeting, trailing by 16 at halftime, and couldn't make up the deficit despite a 10-0 run in the second half. The Terps lost 77-56, their worst defeat of the season.
--Sophomore G Sean Mosley has put together consecutive double-digit performances with 17 points at Virginia Tech and 20 against Clemson. He was 6 of 8 from the field in each of the two games.
--Senior G Eric Hayes has scored in double figures in three consecutive games after going scoreless against North Carolina State. He had 12 at Virginia Tech after getting 15 in each of the previous two games.
--Freshman F Jordan Williams missed a double-double for the second time in his last three games by coming up a point short against Virginia Tech. He had a season-high 15 rebounds against the Hokies but only nine points.