Maryland survives close call

Terps get all they can handle from Northeastern before squeaking by in OT

Maryland 74 Northeastern 72

November 16, 2007|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker,Sun reporter

COLLEGE PARK -- It wasn't tough locating Maryland's seniors on the floor last night. James Gist was the one scoring Maryland's first 11 points, the one swatting an opponent's first-half jumper so hard that it bounced off the glass and headed back toward midcourt.

He was the one generally wreaking havoc against an inexperienced, undersized Northeastern team that - thanks partly to a bevy of Maryland turnovers and missed foul shots - managed to make the Terrapins sweat before finally falling, 74-72, in overtime.

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Maryland had 13 turnovers in the half. The larger Terps were getting to the line - 20 free-throw attempts in the half compared to two for the Huskies - but made just 11 (55 percent).

Two three-pointers and a layup by Janning, last season's Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, pulled the Huskies close as the second half opened. Northeastern took its first lead at 41-40 on a layup by Chaisson Allen with 11:30 remaining.

The Huskies stretched their lead to 46-40. Two free throws by Osby tied it at 52, and he hit two more to tie it again at 54.

Vasquez missed the front end of a one-and-one, but Gist followed up a missed shot by Osby with a slam and was fouled. He converted the free throw, giving the Terps a 57-54 lead with less than three minutes to play. Two more free throws by Gist free made it 59-54.

But Manny Adako hit a three-pointer with nine seconds left to force overtime.

Northeastern took a 69-68 lead in overtime, but two free throws by Gist gave the Terps the lead.

Notes -- Redshirt freshman forward Jerome Burney missed the game after suffering a cut to his right eye during a practice. ... Maryland won't face UCLA's full contingent in the opening semifinal of the CBE Classic on Monday night in Kansas City, Mo. UCLA coach Ben Howland said junior guard Darren Collison, the team's best player, won't play because of soreness in his left knee. His status had been uncertain. "We're not going to rush him back. We have a long season ahead of us," Howland said in a conference call. Also out, Howland said, is junior guard Michael Roll, who ruptured his plantar fascia this month. Monday's winner will advance to play Michigan State or Missouri on Tuesday night. ... The tournament coincides with the Sunday night induction in Kansas City of former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell and 11 other former coaches and players into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.jeff.barker@baltsun.com

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