Gary Williams gets 600th career win as Maryland beats BC, 70-65
BOSTON (AP)—Maryland coach Gary Williams collected his 600th career win on Wednesday night after his team defeated Boston College, and spent time reflecting on some great moments he had while at the school over 20 years ago.
Greivis Vasquez scored eight of his 25 points during a key second-half run that helped Maryland beat BC 70-65, giving Williams his milestone victory.
Williams, in his 30th season overall and his 19th at Maryland, improved to 600-336. He is the Terrapins’ all-time winningest coach, and eighth among active coaches.
“It’s 30 years as a head coach,” Williams said before a long pause. “That’s a long chunk out of your life.”
Williams had his first coaching job at American University for four seasons from 1978-82, but felt he got his first real chance at BC, where he coached from 1982-86.
“The Big East was just being formed,” he said of his days with the Eagles. “It was possibly the most fun I’ve ever had.”
It was the fifth win in six games for the surging Terrapins (15-8 overall, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
“I thought tonight our guys were really tough in the second half,” Williams said. “We talked about how we have to take games over.”
The Eagles moved ahead for the first time since the game’s opening minute, 39-36, on Tyrelle Blair’s 3-point play 1:11 into the second half. The teams traded leads seven times over the ensuing six minutes before Bambale Osby’s put-back triggered Maryland’s 10-0 run.
Vasquez then took over by scoring the next eight points.
Vasquez, the team’s leading scorer at 16.7 points per game, started his spree with a free throw, then stole Biko Paris’ pass and went in for a breakaway jam. He followed that with a left-handed scoop shot in the lane before hitting a 3 from the left wing that made it 57-47 with 9:22 to play.
In the teams’ first meeting, an 81-78 win by BC in Maryland, Vasquez fouled out when he was whistled for a technical for his fifth foul.
“I was just fired up,” Vasquez said. “I was just trying to win the game. I remember the last time I fouled out and got a technical.”
Vasquez also had eight assists and six rebounds Wednesday night. James Gist, the only other Terrapins’ player in double figures, had 23 points.
John Oates went 5-for-5 from behind the 3-point line and scored a career-high 21 points for the Eagles (12-9, 3-5). BC has lost five straight.
BC’s leading scorer, Tyrese Rice, who entered scoring 19.8 per game, was held to 13 points.
“He played great,” Rice said of Vasquez. “You look at his numbers. He outplayed me.”
BC made a late charge, closing it to 66-65 on Rice’s 3-pointer with 1:38 to play, but Eric Hayes answered with a 3 just 29 seconds later. Gist hit one free throw in the closing seconds.
Eagles coach Al Skinner felt Vasquez was the difference.
“We just didn’t do a good job on him at all,” he said. “He just ran the show all night.”