It was the Greivis Vasquez show in College Park last night as he and the Terps bounced back with a blowout win over the Virginia Cavaliers. Vasquez go the Terps going early, scoring 25 of the Terps 52 first half points, and help establish a tempo that UVA could not keep up with. The Terps were extremely effective at running their flex offense, leading to many open looks, especially in the first half. A half which saw Maryland shoot 70 percent from the field and score just 4 less points than they did for the entire game at Duke. UVA put up a fight for a little while, but the game was essentially over when Vasquez hit a three to push Maryland’s lead to 42-27. Maryland 7-3 in the ACC, tied for 3rd place with Virginia Tech and trailing Duke and Wake Forest.
Other bright spots for Maryland were the play of Jordan Williams with 11 points and 11 boards. Williams bounced back after a rough game at Duke, although aside from Mike Scott UVA has no other interior players that challenged the Terps. Landon Mibourne also played an efficient game, scoring 14 points on 7-11 shooting. Eric Hayes led the Terps with 9 assists and Cliff Tucker, Dino Gregory and James Padgett contributed with solid play off the bench.
Offensively the Terps were sharp, but they gave themselves a lot of room for error by the way they played defensively. Slowing UVA guard Sylven Landesberg was a big part of the defensive gameplan. A combination of Vasquez, Tucker and Sean Mosley limited Landesberg to 12 points on 5-13 shooting and most importantly kept him off the free throw line.
The Terps have dominated their ACC opponents on their home court. Undoubtedly, this is a good thing, but the veteran Terps need to find a way to up their level of play on the road. The open looks that did not fall against Duke were all finding the bottom of the net last night. The fact that the UVA game was not close allowed Gary Williams to limit his starters minutes. Hopefully that means fresh legs for Maryland’s 3rd game in five days on Wednesday. Fortunately for the Terps, their next road trip is to 2-9 NC State, a team the Terps beat by 24 points in College Park.