Well it wasn’t an easy game for the Terrapins, but Maryland pulled off what seemed to be an improbable win against NC State. The final, 67-58, doesn’t sum up what actually happened in the game. It was definitely an affair where Terrapin fans may have chewed their nails all game long.
Maryland came out extremely flat in the first half in which they were only able to score 27 points. Eric Hayes struggled all night ending up scoreless. Wednesday night’s first half rivaled Saturday’s poor play at Duke. The first half was filled with turnovers, missed field goals and missed free throws.
However, when the second half came, the Wolfpack went up by 12 and then Maryland turned it on. The Terps scored 40 points in the second half while limiting NC State to just 21 points. Greivis Vasquez went off for 17 points, but did have one or two really bad shots. Vasquez got some unexpected help from reserve guard Adrian Bowie and freshman center Jordan Williams. Bowie hit two huge threes and Williams stepped up his defense.
The only really bad part of the entire game was Maryland’s free throws. Maryland missed seven free throws. Even Maryland’s best shooters missed their shots from the line. I will attribute Maryland’s woes at the line to tired legs from playing three games in five days.
The win moves Maryland to 18-7 overall and 8-3 and tied for second in the ACC. They have two straight home games against Georgia Tech and a rematch with Clemson. Beating those two teams, at least to me, would lock Maryland in to the NCAA field and get very close to earning a bye in the first round of the ACC Tournament. With each win, especially those on the road, Maryland gets closer to their goal of making the NCAAs.