Terps stunned by William & Mary

WILLIAM & MARY 83, MARYLAND 77

Tribe builds 16-point lead in second half, stymies Maryland's comeback attempt

  • Maryland's Jordan Williams is defended by William & Mary's David Schneider, left, and Marcus Kitts in the first half.
Maryland's Jordan Williams is defended by William &… (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene…)
December 31, 2009|By Jeff Barker | jeff.barker@baltsun.com

COLLEGE PARK — Maryland coach Gary Williams had known precisely what his Terps were facing. He knew William & Mary was an efficient, senior-dominated team built for 3-point shooting and primed to knock off major-conference opponents.

So it must have been a helpless feeling for Williams to watch the Tribe build a 16-point second-half lead by smoothly running its variation of the Princeton offense as the Terps failed to keep pace with William & Mary's long-range accuracy.

Maryland - urged on by a restless Comcast Center crowd - attempted several second-half comebacks, but shot too poorly - four of 25 on threes - and succumbed, 83-77.

It was Maryland's first home loss after six victories at Comcast Center.

Senior forward Landon Milbourne slammed the ball to the floor at the end, as William & Mary players leaped into the air in celebration.

Williams said Maryland (8-4) lacked patience and was lulled into settling for outside shots on a night when senior guards Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes each shot 2-for-9 from beyond the arc.

"We came out tonight not wanting to get the ball inside," said Williams, who said his team lacked "patience" and "toughness."

"So it turned into a shooting contest and they won," the coach said. "They give you decent looks on the perimeter. If you're not shooting well, they just keep backing off and backing off."

William & Mary (9-2), which entered the game shooting 41 percent from behind the arc, shot 8-for-23 against the Terps.

Trailing 39-30 at halftime, Maryland - which had missed 10 of its first 11 3-point attempts in the first half - tried to push the ball inside. Its first three baskets of the second half came in the paint.

The Terps cut a 51-38 Tribe lead to nine on a putback by Jordan Williams and to seven, at 56-49, on a Greivis Vasquez drive.

Vasquez pulled up from three with a chance to cut the lead to four. But he missed.

"I have hit before those types of threes," Vasquez said. "The best thing is this happened right now and we can really learn. As a senior, you don't want this season going like this."

The Tribe then extended its lead with inside-outside balance - it had 26 points in the paint - and foul shooting. William & Mary, which had made 27 free throws in an upset at Wake Forest last month, made 25 of 31 against the Terps.

Maryland cut the deficit to six on a Vasquez drive and free throw with 20 seconds left. But the Terps ran out of time.

"They were kind of giving us shots and you have to knock them down," Hayes said. "It's as simple as that."

William & Mary, which has three senior starters, entered the game having won eight in a row, including a victory over Wake Forest last month.

The Tribe runs a variation of the Princeton offense, with frequent cuts and screens. But it's not as slow-developing as some similar offenses. Frequently, forward Danny Sumner would run down on a fast break against the Terps and set up behind the arc for quick threes. Sumner had three 3-pointers and 17 points. William & Mary was led by Quinn McDowell with 28 points.

"We knew exactly what they were going to bring," Gary Williams said. "I watched every game they played this year. We couldn't stop them, to their credit, and they stopped us."

WILLIAM & MARY-McDowell 8-14 9-9 28, Sumner 5-9 4-8 17, Kitts 5-8 1-2 11, Schneider 3-11 4-4 11, McCurdy 2-6 0-0 5, Hess 2-2 1-2 5, Brown 0-1 4-4 4, Gaillard 0-1 2-2 2, Rum 0-0 0-0 0, Ludwick 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-53 25-31 83.MARYLAND-Milbourne 7-14 5-8 19, Williams 3-5 2-4 8, Hayes 3-11 0-0 8, Mosley 5-10 2-2 12, Vasquez 10-23 4-5 26, Bowie 0-1 0-0 0, Tucker 1-2 0-0 2, Gregory 1-2 0-0 2, Padgett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-68 13-19 77.Half-William & Mary 39-30. 3-point goals-William & Mary 8-23 (Sumner 3-5, McDowell 3-5, McCurdy 1-3, Schneider 1-9, Ludwick 0-1), Maryland 4-25 (Hayes 2-9, Vasquez 2-9, Bowie 0-1, Tucker 0-1, Milbourne 0-2, Mosley 0-3). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-William & Mary 35 (Kitts, Schneider 5), Maryland 37 (Milbourne 10). Assists-William & Mary 15 (Schneider 5), Maryland 13 (Vasquez 6). Total fouls-William & Mary 16, Maryland 18. A-16,418.

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