For a night anyway, Garyland was back in force.
The crowd was rocking, the shots were falling, the defense was crisp and Maryland managed to end January with a glimmer of optimism.
The Terrapins are still 14-7, still only 3-4 in the ACC with a trip to North Carolina looming on Tuesday, still a team with plenty of questions.
But a 73-68 defeat of Miami answers the one a lot of folks had: Will these guys go in the toilet after a really rough stretch?
It seems pretty certain Maryland will not.
Will the Terps win more than they lose the rest of the way? Tough to say. Is there still an ugly, ugly loss in them? Given the schedule, it would seem likely that there will be at least one more awful night.
But the Terps aren’t folding, which had to be the most encouraging part of the night. Besides, of course, the winning.
Maryland got a near-triple-double from Greivis Vasquez, another incredibly stout performance from Landon Milbourne, tough play from Sean Mosley, a couple key 3-pointers from Eric Hayes, a solid timeshare from Dave Neal and Dino Gregory and the usual solid play from Adrian Bowie.
Toss in some timely baskets from Jin Soo Kim, and Maryland got help from everyone who played.
It’s what the Terps need going forward. Will it be enough every night? No. But it’s a group that doesn’t seem likely to quit, and that’s one answered question that Maryland should be pleasd with.
—- Patrick Stevens