Vasquez, Osby lead Md. to first ACC win, 71-64 over Wake Forest
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP)—Greivis Vasquez scored 22 points, Bambale Osby had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Maryland escaped the Atlantic Coast Conference cellar by beating Wake Forest 71-64 Tuesday night.
Freshman reserve Adrian Bowie had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Terrapins (11-7, 1-2). Maryland began the night as one of only four winless ACC teams, and one of two with two losses.
Vasquez made half his 16 field-goal attempts, scored 15 points in the second half and finished with eight assists. He was coming off a 2-for-14 shooting performance in a loss at Virginia Tech.
The Terrapins played a third straight game without starting guard Eric Hayes, who has a sprained ankle. He was replaced in the starting lineup by freshman Cliff Tucker, who scored 2 points in 19 minutes.
Ishmael Smith scored 16, James Johnson had 14 and Jeff Teague added 13 for the Demon Deacons (11-5, 1-2). Wake Forest, which was coming off a 39-point loss at Boston College, is 10-0 at home and 1-5 on the road.
The Demon Deacons went 5-for-30 from 3-point range.
Maryland led 41-36 before Vasquez followed his own miss with a layup. Seconds later, Vasquez flicked the ball away from Chas McFarland to Bowie, who was fouled and made both shots. Osby added a layup, and baskets by James Gist and Osby capped a 10-2 run that made it 51-38 with 11:23 remaining.
Smith then scored seven straight points to get Wake Forest within 6, but a 3-pointer by Maryland’s Landon Milbourne and two free throws by Osby stemmed the surge.
The Demon Deacons fell behind 31-26 at halftime after shooting 29 percent, including 2-for-15 from beyond the arc.
Teague made a 3-pointer and a dunk to open the scoring, and Wake Forest took a 7-0 lead before Maryland coach Gary Williams took a timeout. The Terrapins responded with two straight baskets, but the Demon Deacons quickly made it 13-4.
Wake Forest missed its next eight shots, and Maryland took the lead for good with an 11-0 run. Wake Forest went more than nine minutes without a field goal, yet trailed only 24-20 after L.D. Williams ended the drought with a 3-pointer.