The Terps battled hard to beat 19th ranked FSU 77-68 at Comcast Center Sunday evening. MD lead the entire game over the Seminoles. With support by all players, Grevis Vasquez lead MD with 22 points.
Vasquez started off the game slowly, ending the half with only 2 points. Surprisingly, Landon Milbourne had a solid first half, driving to the basket, taking shots, and rebounding. In the second half though, things turned around. Vasquez was on fire, cutting through FSU's defense, and shooting three point shots, including following Eric Hayes after he hit his own three, to extend the lead after the Seminoles cut the lead down to single digits.
In the end, the Terps won by only 9 points. It could have been even closer, but inexplicably former Wizards and current Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton, down by about 10 with about 1:30 to go, only sent his team to foul Terps twice. At the game with The Sports Freak, I commented that Hamilton is deluding himself if he thinks his team is as good enough to come back at the last minute not fouling. But Hamilton's mistake is a win the Terps will take, bouncing back after a loss at home to William & Mary and a win over UNC-Greensboro. Starting off the ACC with a win is a positive.
Next up for the Terps are road trips to Wake Forest and Boston College. If they can go 1-1 on this trip, it will set them up good for a return to home against non-conference Longwood and ACC rival NC State.