Maryland Rolls Over George Washington in 14th Annual BB&T Classic
Maryland forward #1 Landon Milbourne knocks down the short range jumper over Colonials forward #5 Rob Diggs during the Terrapins' 76-53 victory over George Washington University at the Verizon Center in Washington DC on Sunday December 7, 2008. David Lovell/DC Sports Box
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The only time the now 6-2 Maryland Terrapins see their local competitor, the George Washington Colonials, is this team each year, when the BB&T Classic, which benefits the Childrens Charities Foundation, is held at the Verizon Center. This year, the 14th annual event pitched Virginia Tech against Navy in the first game with the Maryland Terrapins battling with the George Washington Colonials in the second game for the evening.

This being Marylands only game away from the Comcast Center in the month of December, the Terps certainly took down the house Sunday night, crushing the Colonials 76-53.

I think I gotta give the credit to Maryland, said Colonials Head Coach Karl Hobbs. Theyre coming off a great win and theyre a great basketball team. I think todays game was a question of a team that really understood what it means to them and the importance of the game today. Maryland defeated Michigan Wednesday night 75-70.

Excellent three point shooting by starting guard Eric Hayes, who connected on two behind the arc, helped break the Terps into an early lead and force the George Washington time out.

Immediately back on the court, with the Terps in a full court man-to-man press, drove Colonials Damian Hollis to turn the ball over, with Hayes then connecting on a third consecutive three pointer to bring the Terps to an 13-4 lead.

George Washingtons man defense was no matchup for the Terps, as Landon Milbourne would sink yet another three, lengthening Marylands lead to nine. This trend would continue throughout the first half with the Colonials seeing as much as a 20 point deficit when Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez turned the ball over to the Colonials, only for the Colonials starting point guard, Travis King, to turn the ball back over off a steal by Marylands Adrian Bowie. Bowie took the ball down court for the lay up, taking the score to 39-19.

Hayes, Bowie and Vasquez each ended the first half already in double-digit points with Vasquez leading the pack with 12.

This is a very unselfish team right now and I think were doing a very good job looking for each other, said Maryland Head Coach Gary Williams, who is now in his 20th season leading the Terps.

Bowie, a sophomore averaging 22.6 points per game, then nailed a three pointer as the sound of the buzzer went off, signaling the end of the first half.

Maryland may have backed off their full court pressure, but widened their lead to as much as 28 when Vazquez nailed another three pointer at 14:30.

The Colonials managed to stay under a 30 point deficit but could never seem to find their rhythm to make a game of this once-a-year meeting turning the ball over 16 times but giving up seven steals to the Terps. The point gap was in part due to Maryland shooting 42.9% from field goal range compared to GWs 30.8%.

Coach Hobbs is known for rotating his starting five, and he started tonight with a different rotation than was seen in previous matches, not starting senior Rob Diggs. Diggs, despite not starting the game, saw the most playing time for the Colonials, with 26 minutes and was named as the player of the game for GW, putting in 10 points. Reserve Tony Taylor also put in an additional 10 points of his own.

I think we have to evaluate everything were doing, said Hobbs. Basically as a coach you just focus on fundamentals, you go back to fundamentals. Hopefully well do a better job of understanding the level of intensity you must place and secondly with that being said we need to bring more emotion to this game and we just havent been able to transfer that in terms of the team and third we just did not pay attention to detail, he added.

Although Hobbs felt that the Terrapins came out with more intensity than his team tonight, Coach Williams felt differently stating, right now weve got a week, four or five days, before Delaware State to do a good job, for them to do what they do in school and good practices because we have to get better. The time is coming quickly where well have to play for 40 minutes for most of our games and tonight we didnt do that.

Milbourne may have been the high scorer for Maryland for the night with 20 points and eight rebounds, but Vasquez was named as the player of the game for the Terps, netting 17 points, pulling down 11 rebounds, and adding in two steals for the evening. Bowie supplemented with 17 points of his own and Hayes, hot off three pointers, sunk 13 points.

The Terrapins are now 14-9 all time at the BB&T Classic and now take the series against the Colonials 5-3 during the Classic, despite the Colonials taking the last meeting in 2005 101-92. Tonight was the 67th time these two teams have faced each other since 1906.

The Colonials now fall to 3-2 for the season.