If you’ll recall, the Terps narrowly escaped Charlotte’s home court last year with a 76-72 win. Charlotte’s no pushover, but today was Maryland’s day. Not that everything was roses and lemonade of course. The front court still lives somewhere between Atlantis and the Bermuda Triangle. Gary said he wanted crisper half-court execution, but that looked about as crisp as tuna noodle casserole. But, for today anyway, no matter. They broke it wide open in the second half with some stifling defense that keyed a 16-0 run of classic Maryland defense-into-offense, capped off by a beautiful fastbreak wraparound dribble and layup from Vasquez. Speaking of Vasquez, Charlotte had no answer for the Terps’ leader, who went for 27. Props also to Landon Milbourne, the only Terp player who remembers that a midrange jump shot is worth two points.
Play of the game, however, goes to Dino Gregory, who near the end of the game skied in from nowhere to tip back a miss. It was nice to see him contribute, and kind of jarring to remember that Maryland, for some reason, has not yet retired the big number 33 of Mike Mardesich. Come on, athletic department. Don’t make me start an online petition.