November 16, 2007

Terps hold off Huskies in OT

The Maryland-Northeastern game got so crazy that it came down to the Huskies' inability to miss free throws and Bambale Osby's ability to make them that finally helped decide matters.

The Terrapins hung on in a 74-72 overtime contest as they hit 31-of-46 free throws and got a career-high 27 points from James Gist.

For the second straight game, though, Maryland (3-0) let a visiting team dictate matters in Comcast Center.

"As the game went on, you could see (our) emotions pick up but we've got to be able to have that emotion from the tip," said Gist, who scored 14 of Maryland's 28 first half points.

Everything picked up in an edge-of-your-seat second half and overtime as Gist and Osby, who had 16 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks and, most incredibly, drilled 14 of 20 free throws, won a duel with Northeastern's Matt Janning, who had 26 points for the Colonial Athletic Association visitors.

Ultimately, though, the game came down to some key misses - and a bad make - at the free throw line by Northeastern (0-2).

Janning missed the second of three attempts when he had a chance to tie the game with 4.9 seconds left in overtime, and the Huskies couldn't come up with the rebound on his intentional miss on the third shot.

With 1.4 seconds, diminutive Baptiste Bataille tried to miss the second of his two free throws but the shot bounced off the iron and went in to make it 73-72.

Greivis Vasquez, trying to improve on a miserable shooting night, hit one of two freebies at 0.8 seconds to put the final margin on the scoreboard.

"I have to open my eyes and start playing hard," said Vasquez, who was 2-of-10 from the field and finished with nine points, six rebounds and 10 assists. "I'm playing poorly now. We're winning by two and we're not executing the offense at all. The biggest problem is myself."

Still, despite a season-high 23 turnovers, Maryland improved to 3-0 for the fourth time in the last five years, and went to 5-0 in overtime games in Comcast. A six-point win over Hampton Monday and this overtime win won't exactly have second-ranked UCLA quaking in their Converse when the Bruins face Maryland next Monday in Kansas City, Mo., in the semifinals of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.

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