Mark Thomas

State loses to Maryland again

Posted March 13, 2009

With the exception of a final three-point shot by Greivis Vasquez, the story in Atlanta plays out the same as it did the last time these teams did battle. And the Maryland Terrapins rolled to a 75-67 victory over the Wolfpack.

In the first half, N.C. State seniors Ben McCauley, Courtney Fells and Simon Harris were going to fight tooth and nail to make sure this wasn’t going to be their last game in a Wolfpack uniform. They seemed to possess an extra burst that this team seemed to lack the last time these two met less than two weeks ago in the RBC Center.

With Brandon Costner picking up two quick fouls, State goes on a 17-4 run that gives them a 13-point lead with 9 minutes to go in the first half. The Pack seems to play better defensively with Costner out of the game. The spark also comes from off the bench with freshman guard Julius Mays contributing seven points. No sight of Farnold Degand.

Wolfpack coach Sidney Lowe was employing the Jim Valvano use of “junk” defenses. Matchup zones one time down the floor followed by man-to-man defenses. The Maryland Terrapins are able to keep pace 3 consecutive threes by Eric Hayes. The Pack struggled with the full-court press of Maryland. 11 first half turnovers eats up the Pack’s first half lead to make it all knotted up at 29 at halftime.

Most importantly - Vasquez gets off to a slow start with four points and two turnovers!!

Coach Gary Williams loses his mind at halftime. His Terps team comes out hot as a firecracker. With Vasquez starting to heat up from the field, they jump out to a 43-38 lead. Brandon Costner hits his first shot, however the Wolfpack just does not play as well defensively when he’s on the floor! With 13:48 to play Costner picks up his 3rd foul and goes out of game. State immediately makes a comeback taking the lead with 10:55 to play on a Dennis Horner 3!

With 2:58 to go in the game,  Vasquez hits a three that puts the Terps up by four and for good. The Wolfpack put an end to an ACC season that saw improvement. As for Maryland its on to the next day as they take one step closer to making the NCAA tournament. In a roller coaster of a season a win against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons would most assuredly spell that the Terrapins will be Marching on!!

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  • ncsujunk Mar 13, 10:28 a.m.

    NICE WORK MARK. Costner needs to end his college career NOW!!

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