Quick, who led Maryland in offensive rebounds last night against Vermont?
OK, time’s up. It was Adrian Bowie, who nearly had more offensive boards (four) than Jerome Burney, Braxton Dupree, Dino Gregory and Dave Neal put together (five).
“For all of you that were wondering who we were going to play at the five spot, I think we found our guy – Adrian Bowie,” coach Gary Williams said. “He was unbelievable on the offensive glass down the stretch there.”
While Greivis Vasquez had another huge game and Eric Hayes was steady, a case can be made that the most welcome performance of Maryland’s first three games has come from Bowie. He demonstrated his ability in spurts last year, but it’s clear he’ll be one of the most valuable pieces of the Terrapins’ bench this season.
Lost in the rally and the overtime dominance is that Bowie played the final 19:39 last night. Heck, even Vasquez received a couple brief spells in that span.
All of Bowie’s offensive rebounds, by the way, came in the final 6:05 (including OT). Here’s the rundown:
1:05 (2nd): Collected his own miss; set up Vasquez’s missed jumper at :59 with Maryland down 71-69
4:19 (OT): Collected carom off Vasquez’s missed 3; putback gave Maryland 74-72 lead
2:46 (OT): Grabbed rebound of Vasquez miss and was fouled; split two foul shots to make it 78-72
1:08 (OT): Secured ball after Dave Neal missed 3; hit the layup and was fouled to bump lead to 83-72
That accounts for six of Maryland’s first 11 points in overtime, and at that stage Vermont was forced to foul so there were no more offensive rebounds to be had.
So, is Bowie auditioning not just for a big role, but a bigs role?
“I hope so,” Bowie said. “Whatever gets me on the court. If I have to play the five, I’m playing the five.”