Gary Williams Nets 400th Win as Maryland Coach

Jennifer JohnsonAnalyst INovember 22, 2008

Coach Gary Williams has seen it all in his storied career as the main man in College Park.

Over the years, he’s paced the sidelines, showing his trademark temper, in true Williams fashion.

It’s that passion that has passed onto his players, in a positive way. Last night’s come-from-behind win, against a scrappy, Vermont team, was just what he needed, to guide his fearless Terps, to a home victory.

Guard Greivis Vasquez, hit  a tying three-pointer, with 6.4 seconds left in regulation, to send the game into overtime, and secure the 89-74 triumph, before a sea of raucous red shirts at Comcast Center.

It was Vasquez’s miscue, with 17 seconds left in the second half, that nearly sent the Catamounts back home with bragging rights.

Vasquez forced the extra period of play, and atoned for his offensive foul, in which he used his arm to wrap around a Catamounts defender.

He finished his night with 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists to solidify his role as team leader, and the go-to-guy when the Terps need a lifeline.

Coach Williams had this to say about the team’s progress, as they look ahead to the NCAA schedule before them.

“I think in any good season, there is a win like that somewhere along the line. You know, when it seems like there’s no chance to win, and then you win it’s a good feeling because it kind of cements the idea that if you work hard enough, good things happen.”

I couldn’t agree with you more GW. To hint that it was only Vasquez’s heroics that notched this early season stunner would be a case of false reporting on my part.

Senior forward Dave Neal nailed two key three-point shots, including one that tied the game, with just over five minutes to play in the second half.

Sophomore Adrian Bowie, displayed some youthful exuberance by turning in 17 points and six rebounds performance. That gave Coach Williams reason to believe that his tested Terps have a lot to give.

One final quip from Williams suggested that the Terps might have solved the problems they have at the number five position.

“For all of you who are wondering who we are going to play at center, we’ve found our guy—Adrian Bowie.”


Maryland had a 17-2 run in overtime, but the game was closer than the final score appeared to be.

The Catamounts were effective in using their 2-3 zone defense to force ten Maryland turnovers in the first half.

Next, Maryland hoops it up with Michigan State on Thanksgiving night in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 and ESPN 360.

Here’s hoping Maryland can notch win 401 for the salty skipper.