Maryland vs. Boston College: Terps basketball falls, 79-75, in ACC opener

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 13, 2010; 12:05 AM

It was a classic college basketball game, with the lead rocking back and forth like a manic seesaw in the second half. And with 38 seconds remaining, Boston College led Maryland by three points in Sunday's ACC opener for both teams.

The game was far from over. A turnover, a steal and a missed free throw later, the Terrapins' invaluable big man, sophomore center Jordan Williams, grabbed a critical rebound, and the ball went to the team's fearless freshman, Terrell Stoglin.

Whether Stoglin rushed his shot or made the most prudent play is open to debate. But his three-point attempt to tie it with 17 seconds left clanged off the rim. It was the last shot Maryland got before a crestfallen crowd of 15,851 at Comcast Center, where Boston College claimed a 79-75 victory.

"I thought this was a game we could win," said Coach Gary Williams, conceding that the defeat "hurt personally."

Maryland (7-4, 0-1) had the upper hand multiple times in a game with 16 lead changes, getting the bulk of its offense from Jordan Williams, who finished with his fifth straight double-double and ninth of the season, scoring a game-high 27 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

Stoglin, who took a game-high 17 shots, and senior forward Dino Gregory were the only other Terps to finish in double figures, contributing 14 points each.

But with Boston College raining three-point buckets while Maryland banged away from close range, the math didn't work in the Terps' favor. Maryland made four more baskets (32 to Boston College's 28), but just three three-pointers to Boston College's 13.

Eagles senior guard Biko Paris drilled six alone to lead his team with 22 points.

Though there were many ways to dissect the Terps' fourth loss of the season, it was undeniably a game that Maryland could have - and perhaps should have - won.

Maryland shot 49 percent from the floor, managed a 35-34 edge in rebounding, led 41-39 at the half and also led with 2 minutes 12 seconds remaining.

But when the Terps absolutely needed a basket, they came up empty.

"Anytime a game gets like that the last few minutes [with neither team able to pull away], things happen," Gary Williams said.

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