Terps Roar Past Pack, 84-70

James Gist scored a career-high 13 points and Greivis Vasquez finished with 13 points, 15 assists and nine boards to lead Maryland past NC State, 84-70. Courtney Fells scored 16 points to pace the Wolfpack.

James Gist had the best game of his career and it couldn't have come at a better time for Maryland as the Terps were struggling and in need of a someone stepping up. The star forward's 18 points kept the Terps in the game, and the other players would join him in the second half as Maryland fought back from a two-point halftime defecit to defeat NC State 84-70.

NC State led most of the first half behind great play from Gavin Grant and J.J. Hickson. Grant would score 13 points and Hickson added eight points and seven boards as the Pack jumped out to a 31-22 lead with minutes remaining in the half. The Terps would use a nine-point spurt to tie the score at 31, but Grant knocked down two free throws in the final seconds to give the Pack a 33-31 lead at the break.

Both teams struggled shooting in the first half, with the Pack knocking down 38% of their shots and Maryland connecting on 41%. That wouldn't be the case in the final twenty minutes. Unfortunately for NC State, the Terps hit a lot more. Maryland came out firing on the first possession, with Gist scoring again on a layup in the paint. The Pack would answer with a three-pointer from Courtney Fells, his first points of the game, but the shot seemed to ignite the Terps. Over the next five minutes Maryland would outscore the Pack 17-2 to take a 12-point lead at 50-38. Marques Johnson drilled a three for the Pack to end the run, but there was no slowing down Maryland, Gist, and dynamic point guard Greivis Vasquez.

Gist finished the game with a career-high 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting from the field. He chipped in nine boards and three blocks and really dominated the paint on both ends of the floor. Vasquez was superb for Maryland. He totaled a career-high 15 assists, equaling the team record set by former point guard Terrell Stokes, 13 points and nine rebounds, leaving him one board short of a triple-double. Both of Maryland's stars carried them during the second half, and the Pack never pulled closer than six points.

NC State had only nine turnovers, but shot just 45% from the field and was outrebounded by 10, 36-26. Leading the Pack in scoring was Fells, who scored all 16 of his points in the second half. Grant totaled 15, just two in the final 20 minutes, and Hickson finished with 14 points and nine boards.

Maryland scorched the nets in securing the win. The Terps shot 57% from the field, 60% from behind the 3-point line, and 86% from the foul line. Five Terps scored in double figures with Bambale Osby (11), Eric Hayes (14), and Landon Milbourne joining Gist and Vasquez.

The road doesn't get any easier for NC State, as the Wolfpack (15-8, 4-5) heads up to Boston where they face a reeling Boston College squad.

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