Maryland 71, Florida St. 67
Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points as Maryland overcame a late
rally to beat Florida State 71-67 on Thursday night.
Maryland (15-6, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) led by as many as
nine points in the second half, but FSU (16-6, 4-4) tied the game
twice in the final 3 minutes and had the ball 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 3 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
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 the 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 the game.
Vasquez added seven assists and seven rebounds for Maryland,
while Milbourne scored 18 points.