Feb. 4, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points as Maryland
overcame a late rally to beat Florida State 71-67 on Thursday.
Maryland (15-6, 5-2 ACC) led by as many as nine in the second half,
but FSU (16-6, 4-4 ACC) tied the game twice in the final three minutes
and had the ball down 66-64 with 38 seconds left. Freshman Michael
Snaer drove to the hoop and made a runner, but was called for charging
with 14.5 seconds left.
The Terrapins outscored FSU 18-7 in the first 5:21 of the second
half, turning the Seminoles’ four-point halftime lead into a
seven-point Maryland lead. Vasquez punctuated the run with a 3-pointer
from the wing, his only three of the game.
Junior guard Derwin Kitchen scored a career-high 29 points for FSU,
but the Seminoles shot just 37.7 percent as a team. Starters Deividas
Dulkys and Chris Singleton went a combined 1-for-14 for five points.
After going scoreless for the game’s first 3:22, Maryland finally got
going thanks to Landon Milbourne and freshman Jordan Williams. The two
scored 13 of the Terrapins’ first 15 points and gave Maryland an early
15-11 lead. FSU allowed Maryland back into the game with dismal
shooting, as the Seminoles hit just four of their first 20 shots.
Florida State recovered with a quick 7-0 run, making three of four
baskets in that span.
Maryland regained the lead, pulling ahead 25-24 with 1:17 remaining in
the first, but FSU darted away on a 5-0 run to end the half. Kitchen’s
steal and layup with 50 seconds left allowed FSU to enter halftime
with a 29-25 lead.
The Terrapins were effective in blanketing FSU center Solomon Alabi.
The sophomore, who shot 70 percent from the floor for 17 points in
teams’ first meeting, made just one of his first seven shots against
constant pressure. Alabi scored 12 points, but shot just 4-for-15 for
Vasquez added seven assists and seven rebounds for Maryland, while
Milbourne scored 18 points.