Maryland uses 15-point run to pull away to 72-51 win over Lehigh
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP)—Greivis Vasquez scored 17 of his 22 points after halftime, and Maryland cranked up the defense in the second half to pull away to a 72-51 victory over Lehigh on Friday.
The Terrapins (4-2) used a 15-0 run to turn a precarious 5-point lead into a 58-38 advantage with 9:37 to go. Vasquez scored seven points during the stretch, which lasted for more than seven minutes.
James Gist had 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds for Maryland, which snapped a two-game skid. The Terrapins played without center Bambale Osby, who had a stomach virus. His replacement, freshman Braxton Dupree, scored 14 in his first college start.
Rob Keefer and Matt Szalachowski each scored 12 for Lehigh (2-3). The Mountain Hawks hung with the Terrapins before opening the second half by going 3-for-15 from the floor with seven turnovers.
Maryland led 43-38 before Gist made a follow-shot. After a stretch in which neither team scored for nearly two minutes, Vasquez sank a 3-pointer from the right corner to make it 48-38 with 13:51 remaining.
Vasquez then hit a jumper, Adrian Bowie followed with a layup and Gist scored on an alley-OOP. Baskets by Vasquez and Jerome Burney completed the 15-point blitz.
Maryland won despite going 11-for-21 at the foul line and getting out-rebounded 36-34.
Dupree had 10 points and five rebounds in the first half, and the Terrapins forced the Mountain Hawks into nine turnovers in taking a 38-31 lead.
Successive baskets by Dupree out Maryland up 11-7, but Lehigh went in front for the only time when Phil Anderson hit a 3-pointer to make it 17-16. Eric Hayes then made a layup to put the Terrapins ahead to stay.
It was 20-19 before Gist made a layup and freshman Cliff Tucker hit two straight 5-foot jumpers for a 7-point lead. A three-point play by Gist made it 31-23, and minutes later Hayes drilled a shot from beyond the arc to expand the margin to 10.