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,

trailing 66-64.

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

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 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.