UMD outscored Georgia Tech Saturday with a buzzer beating shot

Anyone who missed the University of Maryland game against Georgia Tech on Saturday might still be kicking themselves; I know I am.

At the end of a tight game, it almost seemed like Maryland would be handed their first home loss to another ACC team at Comcast Center.

With 20 seconds left in the chess match-like game, Tech and MD stayed within 1-point of each other but MD had the lead at 73-72.

But then Tech’s freshman  Derrick Favors scored on a put-back layup with 3-seconds left in the game.

It seemed as if the Terps would head into the locker room defeated.

And then what can only be called a cruel joke left Terps fans in disbelief.

Greivis Vasquez, the Terps captain and VIP player,  took a shot–made it–but not before the whistle had blown as Maryland called a timeout before the ball left his hands. With .09 seconds to go, the shot did not count.

“The Vasquez shot was unbelievable, only to have it waved off,” Luke Jones, a member of WNST sports radio who covers all UMD basketball games, said.  “You could tell immediately from Gary Williams’ reaction that he had not been the one to call the timeout…Keith Booth had called it.”

After the refs put the clock back to 1.5 seconds, Eric Hayes in-bounded the ball to Cliff Tucker.

What could only seem like a miracle, Tucker let the ball fly over the head of Glen Rice Jr. at the 3-point line–and nothing but net.

Cliff Tucker celebrates after scoring a game winning shot at Comcast Center against Georgia Tech. (photo courtesy of the UMD Diamondback)

“The energy level was unbelievable over the last few minutes, said Jones. “Nothing could top the energy of last season’s upset over North Carolina, but the crowd reaction after Tucker hit the shot was amazing.

“I had chills. It was very tough to not scream from press row,” he continued.

As Comcast Center went wild, and some stared in shock, Tucker and his teammates celebrated what is easily one of the best finishes in a basketball game.

“Praise Cliff. Praise the lord,” Vasquez said after the game. “He made that big shot for us, and we won the game.”

After defeating the Yellow Jackets 76-74, Maryland now holds nine straight wins over Georgia Tech in a row, the most in ACC history. This win will also favor them greatly in the March tournament.

“It’s very tough to top the excitement of last season’s upset over the Tar Heels, but Saturday’s miracle win has to rank right up there with any moment in the brief history of Comcast Center,” said Jones. “It’s the first buzzer-beater to win a game in that building.

“It was a very competitive game, and you have to give Tech a ton of credit. They played Maryland as tough as any ACC team coming into Comcast Center this season.”

But for anyone who saw the game, it is one they won’t soon forget; 3-seconds, 2-shots, 1-game–remember this one.


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