- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 3, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A surprising loss to William & Mary left Maryland in a bit of a funk. A much-needed quick recovery came at the expense of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Greivis Vasquez had 24 points and Landon Milbourne added 22 to help the Terrapins run away from the Spartans, 97-63, on Sunday.

“We emphasized getting back to how we like to be playing,” Maryland coach Gary Williams said. “We have to just go play, we have to be aggressive.”

That was easy to see from the start with Vasquez leading the way. He fed Milbourne for a dunk to open the scoring, set up another basket from in close for Sean Mosley and found Milbourne open for a 3-pointer, giving the Terps (9-4) an early 7-2 lead.

Vasquez finished with six assists, five rebounds and two steals while erasing the memory of William & Mary’s upset last Wednesday. Maryland is off for a week before opening its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule with a home game against Florida State.

“We’re a different team, our season started today,” Vasquez said. “We’re 9-4, and all of our losses are to good teams. Now we’ve got our first ACC game, and it’s at home. We’ve got to get it.”

Adrian Bowie and Dino Gregory each finished with 11 points for the Terps, who made nine of their first 10 shots and never really were threatened.

Maryland shot 54.5 percent for the game (36-for-66) and put it away with a 21-7 spurt to open the second half. That made it 73-41, and the Spartans (2-11) couldn’t recover.

“We stopped them and we rebounded,” Bowie said. “And once we stopped them, we got it out in transition.”

Not that this came as much of a surprise. UNC-Greensboro fell to 0-6 this season against teams from the ACC, including four on its home court at the Greensboro Coliseum, the site of the ACC tournament in March.

“We’re doing what we’re doing for a big picture,” UNC-Greensboro coach Mike Dement said. “And we found out that the ACC is a tough league. If you leave them open, they make the shot. If you don’t block them out, they’re going to get the rebound.”

The Spartans finished 19-for-69 from the field (28.2 percent) — a below-average performance for one of the worst offensive teams in nation. They came in shooting 39.1 percent for the season (316th out of the 334 Division I teams ranked) and their 9.4 assists per game was 314th.

Ben Stywall led UNC-Greensboro with 17 points and 11 rebounds, his third consecutive double-double, all against teams from the ACC.

“We were very concerned that being the last ACC team to play them, (UNC-Greensboro) would have no fear,” Williams said. “That’s why we had to come out aggressive. And we did.”

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