Not even close

Terrapins dominated by Hoyas in Old Spice Classic

No. 21 Georgetown 75, Maryland 48

December 01, 2008|By Tania Ganguli | Tania Ganguli,Orlando Sentinel

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - As Maryland and Georgetown played each other for the first time in seven years, the expressions along the respective benches said it all.

Georgetown's players jumped up and down on the sideline, clapping and cheering on their teammates. Maryland's players sat still in a somber row.

The difference in the game was clear in their faces. The No. 21 Hoyas dominated the Terps for every minute of yesterday's third-place game in the Old Spice Classic at the Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, beating Maryland, 75-48.

"We missed enough open shots where if we could've hit a couple early, maybe that would've relaxed us offensively," Terps coach Gary Williams said. "But we didn't."

The Hoyas jumped out to an early lead. Six minutes into the game, they led by 10 points. By halftime, that lead doubled. By midway through the second half, Georgetown had almost tripled its advantage.

The dominance showed throughout the game and throughout the stat sheet. The Terps were out-rebounded by 13, and their shooting percentage was 20 points lower than Georgetown's. They had six assists compared with Georgetown's 14.

Greivis Vasquez, who scored 33 points total in Maryland's first two games of the tournament, scored two points against Georgetown. He played 25 minutes and committed four turnovers.

Maryland players were not made available for interviews.

"It was probably a combination of Georgetown's defense, plus we didn't do a good job on our offense," Williams said. "Greivis has played against good defenses before. ... It just didn't happen."

Austin Freeman scored 18 points and DaJuan Summers (McDonogh) added 14 for the Hoyas. Eric Hayes and Adrian Bowie each had 11 for the Terps.

Georgetown was Maryland's third ranked foe in four days, but the importance of the game went beyond the rankings. Located 13 miles apart, the players on both sides are familiar with one another.

Yesterday's game was the first meeting between the teams since the 2001 NCAA tournament. It was their first regular-season meeting since 1993.

"You play a team that's from your hometown, everyone on our team is friends with the guys on their team," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "That comfort level, that familiarity with each other raises the stakes."

But with those stakes raised, the Terrapins fell flat. Williams bristled at the notion that it had something to do with the opponent. He pointed out that his team played Michigan State a few days ago and did just fine. He wondered, if that's why his team was tight, why wouldn't the Hoyas have been tight, too?

If he had the answer, the result of last night's game might have been different.

Instead, Williams looked forward.

"That's pretty disappointing, you know, and like I said, it's what you do from now," Williams said. "You can't do anything about the Georgetown game. Now you have to see how the players respond, how they come to practice in the morning."

Sun news services contributed to this article.

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First-half slump

In its three Old Spice Classic games, Maryland was outscored 110-86 in the first half and just 108-101 in the second half.

Star shut down

Greivis Vasquez was the Terps' highest scorer, but he did most of his work in the tournament's first two games. Only two of Vasquez' 35 total points in the tournament were against Georgetown.

Coming attraction

Maryland hosts Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The Wolverines' marquee win this season came against No. 11 UCLA.

TANIA GANGULI

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