Virginia Tech 74, Maryland 57
Virginia Tech opened the game with a 12-0 run, got a career-high
24 points from Erick Green and coasted to a 74-57 victory over
Maryland on Thursday night.
Malcolm Delaney scored 19 points for the Hokies, who never
trailed in winning for only the fourth time in 20 games at
Maryland. Virginia Tech (12-5, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) has
won eight of nine, seven by double figures.
Green, a sophomore guard, went 12 for 16 from the field and the
Hokies shot 54 percent against the nation’s sixth-ranked defense in
field goal percentage.
The Terrapins (11-7, 1-3) couldn’t recover from their awful
start. Jordan Williams had 11 points and 11 rebounds to tie Len
Elmore’s school record of 12 straight double-doubles, but the
sophomore forward made only one basket in the decisive first
Cliff Tucker led Maryland with 13 points and Adrian Bowie had
A layup by Green put the Hokies up 53-36 with 14:32 left. After
the Terrapins used four straight baskets by Tucker to close to
61-53 with 7:15 to go, a free throw by Victor Davila and a layup by
Green began a 9-2 spree that put the game out of reach.
Terps coach Gary Williams unveiled a new starting lineup, and
the results were disastrous. Freshman guard Pe’Shon Howard and
Tucker replaced Bowie and Terrell Stoglin.
After the Hokies made their first four shots to take a 10-0
lead, Williams called timeout and promptly put Stoglin and Bowie
into the game.
Bowie made Maryland’s first basket, a 3-pointer. Minutes later,
Bowie and Stoglin sank successive shots from beyond the arc to get
the Terrapins to 17-13.
That’s as close as Maryland would get.
Davila and Green made back-to-back dunks to spark a 9-2 spurt
that made it 26-15, and a three-point play by Manny Atkins upped
the margin to 12 points.
It was 40-29 at halftime.