- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 23, 2010

COLLEGE PARK, Md. | Maryland wasn’t about to ruin Gary Williams’ 1,000th game as a college head coach by losing.

Not at home, certainly not against an Atlantic Coast Conference foe.

The Terrapins didn’t even make Williams sweat. Greivis Vasquez scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, Landon Milbourne finished with 18 and Maryland rolled to its most lopsided ACC victory in nearly seven years, 88-64 over North Carolina State on Saturday night.

Williams is 638-362 over a 32-year coaching career that began at American University and included stints at Boston College and Ohio State. He is 431-234 in 21 seasons at Maryland, where he won the 2002 national championship.

Williams’ latest victory at his alma mater, combined with Virginia’s loss at Wake Forest, lifted the Terrapins (13-5, 3-1) into a tie atop the ACC standings.

“You want to win every time you go out. It was great to get the win,” Williams said. “You know how it is — I’d rather win than worry about a number. Winning is the greatest. That’s what keeps you in the business, the feeling after a win.”

The 24-point margin was the largest for Maryland in a league game since a 91-52 rout of Clemson on Feb. 25, 2003.

Tracy Smith scored 18 for N.C. State (13-7, 2-4). Coming off a home win over Duke, the Wolfpack fell behind early and never caught up in their sixth straight loss to Maryland.

N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe refused to blame the defeat on a letdown following the emotional victory over Duke.

“I hope not. I don’t want to use that as an excuse,” he said. “Beating Duke is certainly big, but coming in here and beating Maryland would have been huge. It’s a major task to come here and beat them.”

After Milbourne opened the second half with a layup to put the Terrapins up by 10, Vasquez followed with a 3-pointer that he punctuated with a little dance for the sellout crowd. Minutes later, Vasquez and Milbourne connected from beyond the arc to make it 59-41 with 13:54 remaining.

The margin swelled to 22 points with 5 minutes left.

“We played terrible defense,” Wolfpack guard Javier Gonzalez said. “We weren’t working hard enough. We weren’t rebounding. They just played harder than us. They outhustled us, got a lot of offensive rebounds and got to every loose ball.”

Milbourne scored 10 points and reserve Cliff Tucker had nine to help Maryland take a 41-33 halftime lead.

N.C. State led 8-7 before Eric Hayes and Tucker each contributed 3-pointers to a 13-2 spurt that put the Terrapins ahead for good.

“I just feel like they came out and punched us first, like we hit Duke first,” Smith said. “We didn’t have the energy to fight back.”

Vasquez didn’t take his first shot until just over 13 minutes had been played. His first field goal, with 3:47 left in the half, made it 31-23.

“Greivis Vasquez is really showing his maturity in the game, allowing the game to come to him,” Williams said. “There wasn’t much there for him in the first half, but he kept the ball moving and we were able to score and get the lead.”

Said Vasquez: “I was just trying to get everybody involved; be a good leader, a good point guard. In the second half, my mentality was a little different.”

After a 10-4 run by N.C. State cut the gap to four points, Hayes closed the half with four straight free throws.

The Terrapins finished 24-for-33 at the line. The Wolfpack went 10-for-16.

“They were more aggressive,” Lowe said. “Thirty-three free throws to 16 free throws. They were active inside and took the ball to the basket. That was a major factor.”

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