Maryland 76, Georgia Tech 74
Maryland trailed Georgia Tech by one point with 1.5 seconds left
when coach Gary Williams called for a play that is a staple of
The ball ended up in the hands of Cliff Tucker. Problem is, the
backup guard had never before taken that shot.
Tucker buried a 3-pointer as time expired, and Maryland pulled
out a 76-74 victory Saturday to remain unbeaten at home in the
Atlantic Coast Conference.
After Derrick Favors gave Georgia Tech the lead with a follow-up
basket with 3 seconds left, Maryland got the ball to midcourt
before calling a timeout. The Terrapins got the ball to Tucker,
whose shot from the left corner found the bottom of the net,
setting off a celebration at the sold out Comcast Center.
“Coach just drew the play and we went out there and ran it,”
Asked if he ever took that shot in practice, Tucker replied,
“I’ve never been that guy. In fact, I’m usually on the (backup)
team going against the starters.”
Williams said, “You need some breaks at times during the year.
We got one there. We played well enough to be in a position to get
The wild finish overshadowed a milestone performance by Maryland
senior Greivis Vasquez, who scored 18 to become the sixth player in
school history to reach the 2,000-point mark.
“Praise Cliff. He made that big shot for us,” Vasquez said.
“This is nothing about me. My team did a great job staying tough,
Vasquez is the first ACC player to have at least 2,000 points,
700 assists and 600 rebounds. He now has 2,013 points to trail only
Juan Dixon, Len Bias, Albert King, Adrian Branch and John Lucas on
Maryland’s career list.
Eric Hayes scored 15 for Maryland and Jordan Williams had nine
points and 12 rebounds. The victory gave the Terrapins (19-7, 9-3)
sole possession of second place in the ACC.
Favors had 21 points and 18 rebounds, both season highs, and
Iman Shumpert scored 17 for the Yellow Jackets (18-9, 6-7). Georgia
Tech is 1-6 on the road in the ACC and has lost nine straight to
Maryland since February 2004.
Tucker’s shot ruined an otherwise outstanding performance by the
“I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it,” Favors said.
“We probably played our best game of the season,” coach Paul
Hewitt said. “What are you going to say? The kid made a miraculous
After watching his team struggle on the road for much of the
season, Hewitt was encouraged by Tech’s performance in defeat.
“We did everything you’re supposed to do against a team that’s
better than anybody in our league with the exception of Duke,” he
said. “I think we’re on the verge of something big.”
Maryland improved to 12-1 at home, including 6-0 in the
Hayes hit a 3-pointer with 1:19 left to give Maryland a 71-68
lead. After Favors made a layup, Dino Gregory botched a layup for
the Terrapins. Favors pulled down his 17th rebound for the Yellow
Jackets, who took a timeout to set up a play.
D’Andre Bell scored on a drive with 24.5 seconds remaining and
Vasquez followed with a shot in the lane before Favors scored,
setting up Tucker’s game-winner.
After trailing 41-35 early in the second half, Georgia Tech took
its first lead since 22-20 when Shumpert sank two free throws with
6:12 remaining to make it 62-60. After a miss by Maryland’s Landon
Milbourne, Shumpert missed on the other end.
But teammate Glen Rice Jr. got the rebound, causing Gary
Williams to peel off his suit jacket and throw it on the floor in
disgust. D’Andre Bell then drilled a 3-pointer for a 65-60
Maryland got three points apiece from Jordan Williams and Tucker
to even the score.
Favors had 11 points and eight rebounds in the first half, but
Maryland used a late run to go up 34-32 at the break.
Vasquez scored on Maryland’s first possession, then reached the
2,000-point mark with a 3-pointer with 14:55 left in the half. He
added two free throws to make it 9-4, but Shumpert scored twice
from beyond the arc during a 7-0 run that put Georgia Tech in