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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Evan Smotrycz
The BB&T Classic lived up to its name as George Washington's Maurice Creek sank a buzzer-beater to knock off Maryland on Sunday afternoon.
Rattling the Colonials with a strong press, the Terps (5-4) used a 19-2 run to tie the game with a minute left, forcing George Washington to turn it over eight times down the stretch.
Ex-Xavier guard Dez Wells had 19 points, former Michigan swingman Evan Smotrycz scored 15 and Charles Mitchell added 12 points and 11 rebounds for Maryland, which had won four in a row after losing two of its first three.
Evan Smotrycz is used to playing Ohio State from his days at Michigan. Can he help Maryland as they prepare for a road showdown against the Buckeyes?
Dez Wells split a pair of Providence defenders for a running hook shot with 1:04 left and added a pair of clutch free throws as Maryland held off a furious comeback attempt by the Friars, 56-52, to claim the 2013 Paradise Jam tournament championship Monday night.
Nick Faust scored five straight points on a layup and 3-pointer to bring the Terps within two with 2:28 left. Faust led the Terps with 17 points. Wells, Evan Smotrycz and Jake Layman all scored 13.
There's quite a drama playing out in Maryland's athletic department, where it's the best of times and worst of times in the Terrapins' "Tale of Two Programs."
Michigan forward Evan Smotrycz is one of three players leaving the Wolverines to transfer.
Walter Offutt left Ohio State after not getting enough minutes. The guard was in the right place at the right time for Ohio's big win over Michigan.
Asked what the message was at halftime, Evan Smotrycz, who had 15 points for the Terps, said, "Play tougher.