Terrapins Triumph Over Holy Cross Crusaders, 73-48
#22 Adrian Bowie dunks on a fast break in the first half of Maryland's 73-48 win over Holy Cross at the Comcast Center in College Park MD on January 8, 2008. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box.
The Holy Cross Crusaders got off to a great start tonight against the Maryland Terrapins. After a missed three pointer by James Gist and a Maryland turnover by Bambale Osby the Crusaders scored the first five points of the game. But then Maryland, who took to the hardwood wearing new gold uniforms, got their heads in the game. The spirited and enthusiastic young team went on a 20 point run forcing the Crusaders to play another 10:33 before scoring again. In those 10 minutes Maryland increased the tempo of the game providing the opportunity for a number of fastbreaks that resulted in 3 blocked shots, 1 steal, 2 3-pointers by Greivis Vasquez and dunks by Landon Milbourne, Adrian Bowie and James Gist.

James Gist had another outstanding game tonight with 22 points and 5 blocked shots and Greivis Vasquez went 5 of 6 from 3 point range. Gary said, "There was good leadership out there and I thought the young guys stepped it up because they knew they had to without Eric Hayes."

Eric Hayes was unable to play in tonight's game due to an ankle injury but Cliff Tucker helped earn valuable points and assists in his absence. Tucker scored 5 of 9 from the field, had 1 block, 4 steals, and earned 4 assists including one fastbreak play that resulted in a solid 3-pointer for Greivis Vasquez and later an explosive dunk by Adrian Bowie. Landon Milbourne scored a career high 12 points, blocked 4 shots and finished 10 of 11 from the foul line. Jason McAlpin and Adrian Bowie, both young players, also showed promise with strong, energetic plays.

In the end the Holy Cross Crusaders proved no match for the spirited Maryland Terrapins. They scored only 4 field goals in the first half and committed 17 turnovers. In the second half they cut the lead to 13 with 10:51 left to play but Maryland fought back with a solid 6-0 run. The Crusaders solid defense typically holds opponents to less than 60 points per contest but tonight the Maryland Terrapins could not be held down.  This marks the fifth Maryland win over Holy Cross and the record currently stands at 5 - 0. It also brings Gary within five games of reaching his 600th win.

Maryland will play a tough opponent at Virginia Tech on Saturday at 2:00pm. When asked whether Eric Hayes will be up for the game Gary said, "I think he's got a good shot to play Saturday."