College Basketball: Maryland Terrapins Fall 76-72 to Boston College

Steven RuizContributor IIFebruary 12, 2011

With 2:50 left in the second half, Boston College's Reggie Jackson's driving layup came up short.

Jackson quickly recovered and was able to fight Maryland's Jordan Williams for the rebound, which resulted in a tipped ball that got lodged between the ball and the backboard.

Jump ball.

Possession arrow: Boston College.

Off the inbound, Jackson found an open lane for an uncontested layup to stretch the Boston College lead to nine.

Game over.

The play is emblematic of how the Maryland Terrapins' 2010-11 season has gone thus far. A good start that puts Maryland in position to finish, only to see the Terps let it slip away at the end.

Maryland's 76-72 defeat at the hands of Boston College in the Conte Forum is the Terrapins' ninth overall and fifth in ACC play.

The win puts Boston College at 16-9 overall, 6-5 in the conference.

Jackson led the Golden Eagles, scoring a career-high 31 points on 12-16 shooting.

On defense, BC was able to contain Williams, Maryland's leading scorer, holding the sophomore to 12 points and eight rebounds. Cliff Tucker, the Terps' second leading scorer on the season, was held scoreless.

While the loss may have put an end to any NCAA Tournament chances Maryland had, there were still some bright spots for the young Terps.

Freshman Pe'Shon Howard kept Maryland in the game with 14 points, including four three-pointers in five attempts. Terrell Stoglin chipped in 14 points of his own and added seven assists.

Dino Gregory led the Terps with 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the losing effort.

Maryland led Boston College by three after the break thanks to an 18-8 run to end the half, but Boston College came out hot to start the second half, hitting eight of their first 14 shots, compared to 3-of-14 shooting for Maryland.

A Josh Southern layup gave BC a 51-50 lead, which they never relinquished.

The win puts the Eagles into a tie with Clemson for fifth place in the ACC.

The loss drops Maryland into sixth in the conference with six games remaining, including a rematch with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Tuesday.

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