Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Terps take care of business

I'll give a quick summary of the win over Georgia Tech since I've had some readers complain about the turn around time after games.

Tonight was James Gist's night. As he said afterwards he wanted to be a "beast" on the inside and he was without a doubt. He had a career high 26 points on 10-11 shooting while only playing 23 minutes due to foul trouble. He attacked the basket with a ferocity that I've never seen him show. This was the James Gist that many Maryland fans were hoping they would see this season. He has developed a perimeter game that Gary Williams has given him the green light to take advantage of in the right circumstance. He gave away some cheap fouls but showed some of the tantalizing ability in his limited minutes to possibly be the low post scorer that Maryland needs. Let's hope James realizes that the only thing preventing him from making the step to the next level is himself.

Eric Hayes and Greivis Vasquez both had excellent games against the best freshman point guard in the ACC for my money. The defensive effort against Crittenton was stellar as he scored only 5 points on 2-10 shooting with 4 turnovers. They also did a very nice job on the offensive end orchestrating the flow of the game. Combined they had 12 assists and just 4 turnovers as their mistakes continue to shrink the last few weeks. Eric Hayes had a career high with 12 points while Vasquez focused more on making opportunities for teammates. These two are getting better by the game and if Maryland is to turn things aroung the young guards will be a huge part of that.

Babale Osby also chipped in 10 points and 4 rebounds when he was pressed into service by early foul trouble by Gist and Ekene Ibekwe. He struggle a little early but righted himself in the 2nd half and made some big plays. He also supplied one of the more hilarious moments of the season with a full on gorilla dance after a dunk late in the game. Williams has been tough on Osby but stuck with him and was rewarded.

DJ Strawberry also had a solid game with 13 points and some excellent defense on a great player in Georgia Tech frosh Thaddeus Young who still scored 21 points. Strawberry needs some help from his teammates and got that tonight.

It was a badly needed win for Maryland and hopefully they can use it as the fuel for a winning steak. For his part Gary Williams was defiant in his post game interview saying that he always liked "throwing it in people's faces" when they doubt him and his team. I think Maryland fans would be glad if you kept doing that, Coach.

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