Vasquez leads MD in double overtime victory over Virgina Tech

The University of Maryland Terrapins are unstoppable.

After a three-hour delay in Blacksburg due to a water main break after a van carrying beer to a party in an adjacent building backed into a fire hydrant, the Terps and Virginia Tech finally tipped off to a game that would need extra time to determine the winner; after two overtimes, it was UMD 104-100 over the Hokies, taking the game home.

Greivis Vasquez‘s 41-points in the game and Eric Hayes‘ clutch 5 of 6 points of free throws in the final seconds of the game carried the Terps to victory and leaves their record at 21-7 ( 11-3 ACC).

Nineteen ties, 15 lead changes, three last-second shots in regulation, two overtimes. This game was what college basketball is all about.

Once again, UMD started off slow and was trailing 37-31 at halftime; even star player Vasquez only had 8-points as he followed his teammates into the locker room.

Greivis Vasquez didn't let taunts get to him as he scored 41-points to defeat the Hokies in double OT 104-100

And once again, after the second half began, the Terps proved they deserved to be on the top 25 and that they should not be an underrated team.

And prove it they did.

Was it something said in the locker room?

Or the jeers from the Hokies directed at Vasquez who yelled “USA!” at the Venezuelan native when he was at the free throw line.

Or maybe the Terps just like to toy with their opponents in the first half.

Whatever it was, Vasquez with 33 points in the second half and Sean Mosley‘s 17 points (six of which came in the second overtime)  helped turn the game around in the second half and beyond as the teams fought neck to neck all the way into double overtime to determine the winner.

Those last few seconds in regulation time were edge-of-your-seat-excitement seconds.

Vasquez buried a 3-pointer with about 90 seconds left in regulation, then sank two free throws right after to give Maryland an 80-77 lead with about 30- seconds left.

After a Tech miss right after, which seemed to end the game for the Hokies at first, Tech’s Terrell Bell stole a Terps inbounded pass and, after a timeout, Tech’s Dorenzo Hudson threw in the ball from one sideline to the other, where forward junior J.T. Thompson caught it and quickly drained the game-tying 3-pointer with 15- seconds left.

Thompson had been 1 of 12 in his career from 3-point range.

The next 15 seconds were mayhem.

Terp’s Hayes shot what he thought was a 3-pointer, with six seconds left—but his feet were on the line, giving Maryland only a 2-point lead.

Without hesitation, Tech’s star point guard, another candidate for ACC player of the year, Malcolm Delaney (Towson Catholic), drove down the length of the court and, with ease, tied the game with a lay up with less than a second remaining in regulation.

Two double overtimes later, and after a 3-point miss from freshmen Tech player Erick Green with 3-seconds left, the Terps took the game and possibly a bid to the NCAA tournament from the Hokies.

Vasquez, after last night’s game, is the second highest scorer in UMD history and his performance should have all but locked up him getting ACC player of the year.

The Terps are now also at the number two seed in the ACC and clinched a bye in the first round of the ACC tournament.

Virginia Tech (21-7, 8-6) not only had their first loss at home after 15 games this season, but also for the third time in a row this loss may put them on the bubble for March Madness.

The Hokies fell short even with 27 points from  Delaney, and Jeff Allen’s 25 points and 15 rebounds.

Makes you wonder what it is that  Coach Gary Williams is telling his players during half time that is getting through to them as this is the fourth comeback victory in a row for the Terps as well as their fifth straight win.

Whatever is working, the Terps better hold onto it as they host rival Duke Blue Devils on Wednesday during senior night as what should be a great showdown with the ACC title on the line–and Vasquez wants this game more than any other.

“I’m hungry,” Vasquez said in post-game interviews. “This is not all I want.  I came back for a reason — to actually win this league, an ACC Championship.”

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One Response to “Vasquez leads MD in double overtime victory over Virgina Tech”

  1. ZAREMA Says:

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