BLACKSBURG, Va. --The Maryland Terrapins overcame a lot yesterday at Cassell Coliseum. Just not enough.
They played their second straight game without starting guard Eric Hayes. They came back from a horrid start against Virginia Tech. They withstood a miserable shooting afternoon for Greivis Vasquez and second-half foul trouble for James Gist, who led the Terps with 16 points, and Bambale Osby.
The only thing Maryland couldn't overcome was the Hokies, losing, 67-66, after Virginia Tech forward Jeff Allen made a tie-breaking free throw with 12 seconds left.
Wake Forest @Maryland Tuesday, 9 p.m., Ch. 54, 1300 AM, 105.7 FM Records: Wake (11-4, 1-1 ACC); Maryland (10-7, 0-2 ACC)
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Bowie Breaks Out
Freshman point guard Adrian Bowie, who hadn't seen much action recently, played a huge role yesterday for the Terps. Bowie helped spark an early 13-0 run by the Terps and made some big baskets in the second half, tying his career high with 12 points.
Vasquez's Last Play
After missing his first 11 shots, most of them from the outside, Greivis Vasquez scored his only two baskets on drives. So why didn't he take the ball inside as time ticked away rather than hoist up a rushed three-pointer?
Asked to come on Maryland's pre-game radio show, Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg declined, saying, "Ask Gus Gilchrist to come on." Greenberg was referring to the Maryland freshman who signed at Virginia Tech and changed his mind. Greenberg later apologized.
The Terps return to Comcast Center on Tuesday night at 9 against Wake Forest (11-4, 1-1). The Demon Deacons are coached by former Loyola coach Dino Gaudio, who took over when Skip Prosser died of a heart attack last summer.