It started later than expected and took longer, but the Maryland Terrapins held on for a 104-100 double overtime victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies. Sean Mosley hit two free throws with one second left in the second overtime to seal Maryland’s fourth league road win. Those two points of his 17 were the biggest points of the game.
Saturday night’s game was played under odd circumstances considering it was supposed to start at 4 p.m., but wound up starting at 7 p.m. because of three water main breaks in Blacksburg. However, Greivis Vasquez and the rest of the Terrapins just didn’t care when the game started.
Vasquez scored 41 points on Saturday to quiet a crowd that taunted him most of the evening until halfway through the second half. Vasquez was slow to start, but caught fire in the second half and overtime. He still had his questionable shots and bad plays, but the 41 points he scored were a career high.
Eric Hayes chipped in with 12 points and 10 assists. Of his 12 points, five were free throws hit in overtime. Hayes also hit a go-ahead shot right towards the end of regulation. Malcolm Delaney went on to tie the score and send the game in to overtime, but the Baltimore native also missed two critical foul shots for the Hokies at the end of the second overtime.
Jordan Williams was also solid with 15 rebounds and nine points. The only flaw in his game so far is his foul shooting. He missed foour of his five shots from the charity stripe, however, his impact was on defense. Williams’ rebounds were critical because Maryland was outrebounded by seven again.
Dino Gregory picked up the slack for Landon Milbourne who struggled most of the night. Gregory played 32 minutes and collected five rebounds while contributing six points on offense. Gregory has really been contributing since he came back from his suspension earlier this season.
The win for Maryland Saturday night moved them closer to their goal of an NCAA Tournament berth and a bye in the ACC Tournament. With this win, Maryland moves to 21-7 overall and 11-3 in the ACC. Their conference record is good enough for second place, by a long shot, and a chance for at least a tie of a regular season ACC title. The expectation for Wednesday’s game includes an assumption that Duke will defeat Virginia Sunday night. There’s a lot on the line Wednesday night and it doesn’t get much bigger than a chance at an ACC title.