February 27, 2010
Maryland outlasts Hokies in double overtime
By Jimmy Robertson
Maryland (21-7, 11-3) 3151715104
Virginia Tech (21-7, 8-6) 3745711100
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 9,847
  • High Points: 27 - Malcolm Delaney
  • High Rebounds: 15 - Jeff Allen

BLACKSBURG – Greivis Vasquez scored a career-high 41 points, including 33 after halftime, to lift the Maryland Terrapins to a 104-100 double-overtime victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday night at Cassell Coliseum in the highest scoring ACC game in more than seven years.

The loss marked Tech’s third straight and left the Hokies with a 21-7 overall record and an 8-6 mark in the ACC. It also snapped the Hokies’ 14-game home court winning streak. Maryland is now 21-7, 11-3 in the ACC.

The last time two ACC teams scored that many points in an ACC game came Dec. 20, 2003, when Wake Forest beat North Carolina 119-114 in triple overtime.

Vasquez’s performance marked the second-best ever by a Tech opponent at Cassell Coliseum – Duquesne’s Aaron Jackson scored 46 against the Hokies in an NIT game last season. But Maryland’s guard hit just 13 of 33 shot attempts. Still, he connected on 5-for-15 from beyond the 3-point arc and hit all 10 of his free-throw attempts. He also dished out six assists.

“He’s good,” Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. “He’s been a handful all year. He’s a handful every game. He’s a really good player. He changes speeds and changes directions. The guy’s a good player.”

In a game that featured 15 lead changes and 19 ties, the outcome came in the waning seconds. Jeff Allen’s three-point play with 29.6 seconds left cut the Maryland lead to 99-98, but the Terps’ Eric Hayes hit two free throws with 21.3 ticks to go to give Maryland a 101-98 lead. Malcolm Delaney’s lay-up with 15.9 seconds left cut the lead to one again and Tech again fouled Hayes, this time with 15.2 seconds remaining.

Hayes made just one of two attempts to give Maryland a 102-100 lead. Tech pushed the ball up the court, and Delaney attempted to drive, but was cut off. He threw the ball to an open Erick Green in the corner and Green misfired on a 3-point attempt with three seconds left. Tech fouled Sean Mosley and Mosley sealed the game with two free throws with a second to go.

“We wanted to attack,” Greenberg said of the Hokies’ last possession. “In a perfect world, I wish we had brought it at them a little faster.

“If someone stops him [Delaney], he’s got to pitch it out, and Erick got a good look. Erick makes that shot in practice. Terrell Bell made a 3 from that spot earlier in the game and it was the exact same play. He got a good look.”

The Hokies got the game into overtime when Delaney drove and hit a lay-up with under a second on the clock to tie things at 82. In the second overtime, Delaney missed a contested lay-up with 12 seconds left, but Maryland couldn’t put Tech away, as Vasquez misfired on a 3-pointer with five seconds left. Allen secured the rebound for the Hokies and Tech pushed the ball up the court, but JT Thompson couldn’t get a shot off before the buzzer sounded, sending the game into a second overtime.

Delaney paced Tech with 27 points, hitting 9 of 17 from the floor, including a 3-pointer. He also hit 8 of 10 from the free-throw line and played all 50 minutes.

“The last game,” Delaney said when asked if this was the most disappointed he’d been this season. “This game hurts more. We played hard this game. It hurts more when you play your heart out for 50 minutes and then don’t come out on top, especially at home.”

Allen recorded a double-double for Tech, scoring a season-high 25 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. The double-double marked his sixth of the season and the 25th of his career. Dorenzo Hudson added 21 points, while Thompson had 15 points and Terrell Bell finished with 10.

Maryland got 17 points from Mosley and 12 from Hayes. The Hokies actually out-shot the Terrapins (45.7 to 44.6 percent), out-rebounded Maryland 52-43 and made the same number of free throws (22). But Maryland made four more 3-pointers.

“It was a heckuva game,” Greenberg said. “There were punches and counter-punches and teams getting right back up. I can’t fault our kids in any way, shape or form. They couldn’t have played any harder. They couldn’t have been more resilient. They did a lot of really, really good things.

“It’s just one play. One loose ball. One ball that rims out rather than going in. There’s a very fine line in this game at this level. They made one more play than us. It really comes down to that.”

The Hokies now get ready to take on N.C. State on Wednesday night. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m.

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