I wanted to write about this sooner, but I was so pumped up, it would have been a bunch of nonsense. Now that I have had some time watch some replays, and let my mind stop racing around, I can write something that will make sense.
First of all, the way the Terps rebounded today, they had no business winning this game. They can thank the foul shooting woes of Gani Lawal and the rest of his Yellow Jacket teammates for that one.
Yet another offensive rebound for GT gave them the lead with 3 seconds left as Derrick Favors scored on a put back. Maryland inbounded to Greivis Vasquez and he took off up court and launched a three just over midcourt, and banked it in. The problem is Gary Williams called timeout, and the basket did not count. So with 1.5 seconds left and inbounding at midcourt, Eric Hayes found Cliff Tucker, who hesitated and launched a three, and it was good. Bedlam ensues, and Maryland wins.
Tucker only played 9 minutes, but had 8 points, none bigger than the three at the buzzer. It was another game, where Maryland didn’t play their best, but they figured out a way to pull out the miraculous win.
I think Eric Hayes deserves a ton of credit in this game. He made a couple of amazing driving baskets, one of which he somehow got high of the glass over both Favors and Lawal. Hayes also hit a clutch three late in the game. He finished the day with 15 points.
Greivis Vasquez didn’t have his best shooting day, but he still finished with 8 assist to go along with his 18 points. Early in the game he did get over 2000 career points, and likely will pass John Lucas and Adrian Branch on Wednesday night.
One of these days the rebounding is going to get them, but when things are going your way, roll with it. That is two games in a row they escaped and won games, they didn’t necessarily deserve to win, but I am not going to let that interfere with the joy of a buzzer beater win! I will follow this up with some more on Tucker’s huge shot later.