- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 27, 2008

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. (AP) - Greivis Vasquez and Dave Neal each scored 17 points, and unranked Maryland hustled its way to an 80-62 upset of No. 5 Michigan State on Thursday at the Old Spice Classic.

After falling behind by three early in the first half, the Terrapins (4-0) countered with a 23-5 run to take the lead for good. Maryland held Spartans star Raymar Morgan to four points and shot 9-for-19 on 3-pointers to 2-of-9 for Michigan State.

The Terrapins also were much better at the free throw line, going 17-of-21 while Michigan State was 12-of-27. Travis Walton led the Spartans (2-1) with 16 points.

Morgan got into early foul trouble and was never a factor. He took just three shots in 14 minutes

Maryland will play the winner of the game between No. 9 Gonzaga and Oklahoma State on Friday. The Spartans face the loser.

With the score tied at 16 midway through the first half, Maryland went on an 11-2 spurt and then held off a late Michigan State rally to take a 37-34 halftime lead.

Attacking the basket, the Spartans scored the first six points of the second half before Maryland took control.

Eric Hayes and Adrian Bowie added 13 points apiece for the Terrapins, who matched Michigan State’s muscle inside and cruised down the stretch.

The game figured to match Michigan State’s accurate 3-point shooting against Maryland’s strong perimeter defense. The Spartans came in shooting 43.8 percent from behind the arc, while Terps opponents were making only 19.6.

It wasn’t much of a contest.

Maryland, which didn’t receive a vote in the latest AP poll but returns a nucleus from the team that upset No. 1 North Carolina in January, gave MSU all it could handle early. The Terps hung with the Spartans, who finished second in the Big Ten in rebounding last season, by besting them in the paint 14-8 in the first half.

Vasquez, who rebounded from offseason ankle surgery to be named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week, also had six assists but made only two of eight 3s against a defense concentrating on stopping him.

The Terrapins shot 51 percent from the field and took advantage of 15 MSU turnovers, 10 in the first half.

Maryland led 34-20 in the paint and held its own on the boards, getting outrebounded only 38-35.

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