Out Of Reach

Down 16, Terps Cut It To 3 Before Falling Short In Bb&t

December 07, 2009|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker , jeff.barker@baltsun.com

WASHINGTON - -Maryland's game with No. 3 Villanova on Sunday night had the look and feel of a postseason tournament.

Perhaps that was because there were two potent teams from power conferences playing in a downtown arena in front of noisy, excited fans.

Unfortunately for Maryland, it was the Wildcats who seemed more equipped for such a rugged early-season encounter, as they weathered a second-half Maryland comeback and held on for a 95-86 victory in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center.

Villanova (8-0) prevailed despite a career-best effort from Maryland sophomore Sean Mosley (St. Frances), who made all five of his field-goal attempts in the first half and converted nine of his first 10 in the game. He finished with 26 points.

Maryland freshman Jordan Williams also posted a career high with 19 points and had 12 rebounds.

"He was a man out there tonight," Maryland coach Gary Williams said of Jordan Williams, whose point total eclipsed that of his previous three games combined.

Maryland was undone by 23 Villanova offensive rebounds. Time and time again, the Terps - who switched to a zone defense halfway through the first half - worked hard on defense only to surrender second shots. "We laid back and let Villanova control the tempo of the game by getting second and third shots," a frustrated Mosley said.

Gary Williams agreed that the Terps were occasionally too passive on the boards. "You assume somebody else is going to get the rebound," was how the coach described some unidentified players' efforts.

The Terps (5-3), however, did mount a rally. Trailing 54-38 to a quick, hot-shooting Villanova team, Maryland made it interesting by scoring 20 of the next 27 points.

A 3-pointer by Mosley cut the lead to 61-53. A fall-away jumper in the lane by Mosley and a 3-pointer by Eric Hayes got the Terps as close as 61-58.

Maryland had several chances to pull even and send the largely red-clad crowd into a tizzy. But Greivis Vasquez and Hayes each missed 3-pointers to tie the game at 61, and the Terps never got that close again.

"Sometimes in the rush of the moment ... it's really hard to get over the top," Gary Williams said.

It was a rough night for Vasquez, the team leader. He picked up two quick fouls and played only nine minutes of the first half. He fouled out in the final two minutes of the game after scoring 12 points on 3-for-9 shooting with seven assists.

"I thought we were fortunate that Vasquez was in foul trouble," said Villanova coach Jay Wright, who called it "a real quality win. We have great respect for that Maryland team."

Maryland's final chance came when it pulled to 90-84 on a runner in the lane by Hayes.

The Terps forced a turnover, but Williams missed two foul shots on the other end with 39.1 seconds left that could have cut the lead to four.

The Terps trailed 49-38 at halftime behind 15 points by Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds, who finished with 25. Reynolds is from nearby Herndon, Va., and says Verizon Center "is like my Madison Square Garden."

Maryland had multiple problems in the first half. The Wildcats were 11-for-22 from beyond the arc. Just as significant, Villanova - thanks to 12 offensive rebounds and 11 Maryland turnovers - had attempted 16 more shots to that point.

Villanova stretched its lead to 16 (54-38) in the opening minutes of the second half before the Terps made their run.

FG FT Reb

Villanova M-A M-A O-T Pts

Pena 2-4 4-8 6-11 8

Reynolds 7-18 8-11 1-5 25

Stokes 6-13 1-1 2-3 18

Fisher 6-13 4-4 1-4 20

Sutton 1-2 0-0 4-4 2

Cheek 2-5 2-2 2-4 6

Wayns 1-3 0-0 1-4 3

King 5-17 0-0 2-6 13

Armwood 0-0 0-0 1-1 0

Totals 30-75 19-26 23-45 95

Percentages: FG .400, FT .731. 3-point goals: 16-39, .410 (Stokes 5-11, Fisher 4-6, King 3-8, Reynolds 3-10, Wayns 1-2, Cheek 0-2). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 2 (Armwood, Sutton). Turnovers: 14 (Reynolds 5, Pena 3, King, Sutton, Cheek, Wayns, Fisher, Stokes). Steals: 10 (King 3, Fisher 2, Stokes 2, Pena, Cheek, Reynolds). Technical fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

Maryland M-A M-A O-T Pts

Milbourne 1-4 2-2 1-5 4

Hayes 6-13 3-4 0-0 20

Williams 5-8 9-13 5-12 19

Mosley 11-14 1-1 1-5 26

Vasquez 3-9 5-6 0-3 12

Choi 1-1 0-0 0-0 2

Bowie 0-3 0-0 0-3 0

Tucker 1-1 1-1 0-0 3

Padgett 0-0 0-0 0-2 0

Totals 28-53 21-27 7-33 86

Percentages: FG .528, FT .778. 3-point goals: 9-19, .474 (Hayes 5-9, Mosley 3-4, Vasquez 1-4, Bowie 0-1, Milbourne 0-1). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 4 (Milbourne 2, Williams, Mosley). Turnovers: 19 (Vasquez 7, Milbourne 3, Hayes 2, Padgett 2, Tucker 2, Mosley 2, Bowie). Steals: 7 (Vasquez 2, Mosley 2, Williams, Milbourne, Hayes). Technical fouls: None.

Villanova

49

46

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95

Maryland

38

48

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86

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