Virginia Tech vs. Maryland: Despite career night by Terrell Stoglin, Terrapins face more pressure after another loss to Hokies
Wednesday, February 16, 2011; 12:43 AM
BLACKSBURG, VA. - When Virginia Tech trounced Maryland by 17 points last month at Comcast Center, there was reason to question the Terps' heart and intensity.
Tuesday on the Hokies' home court, Maryland poured just about everything it had into an effort to level the score.
But the result was the same - a loss. And this one, with Virginia Tech pulling away for a 91-83 victory on the 12th lead change of a tense, emotional game, likely extinguished Maryland's prospects of making the NCAA tournament.
With the defeat, Maryland falls to 16-10, 5-6, having been swept in conference play now by Boston College and Virginia Tech.
And a career night by Maryland freshman point guard Terrell Stoglin, who scored 25 points on 7-of-12 shooting and flung himself all over the court after loose balls and passes that looked ripe for interception, went for naught.
"I'd take that effort every night from our team," Coach Gary Williams said. "I think we'd win a lot of games playing like that."
Still, he took no solace in yet another close loss.
"You're close, but that doesn't mean anything," Williams said. "You may as well be far away."
But Virginia Tech (17-7, 7-4) was the better team in the ways that counted. The Hokies out-rebounded Maryland 35-33 overall and 12-7 on the offensive boards. Those second-chance points made a huge difference in the second half, in which Virginia Tech out-scored Maryland 50-39.
As expected, the Hokies out-performed the Terps from three-point range, as well, drilling nine from beyond the arc to Maryland's four, with largely unheralded Terrell Bell hitting 5 of 5.
Gregory, a co-captain of the team, refused to concede the postseason.