No. 9 Maryland Too Much For Colonials
Dec 8, 2002
WASHINGTON (AP) - When Gary Williams demanded an emotional performance to end a rare losing streak, Steve Blake and Drew Nicholas delivered.
Blake had career-highs of 27 points and five 3-pointers, and Nicholas added 27 points to lead No. 9 Maryland to a 93-82 victory over George Washington on Sunday in the third-place game of the BB&T Classic.
Blake didn't score until he converted his first 3-pointer with 9:29 left in the first half and the Colonials ahead 31-24. That started a streak of 10 straight points by the senior guard.
"We were struggling a little bit and I wanted to get things going," Blake said. "I told myself there was no way we were going to lose this game. I wanted to make things happen."
The Terrapins (4-2), who were only 4-for-17 on 3-point attempts in an upset loss to Notre Dame on Saturday, were 12-of-17 from beyond the arc against the Colonials (3-3).
"Against Notre Dame, none of us looked like we wanted to play basketball," Nicholas said. "I think we showed we do today."
Nicholas tied a career-best with five 3s as the defending national champions averted their first three-game losing streak since February 2001.
Chris Monroe led George Washington with 19 points.
Maryland, which shot only 37 percent from the field in the opening-round loss to the Fighting Irish, seemed unprepared for George Washington's effective up-tempo attack.
"We didn't press," Gary Williams said. "We just tried to get back down
the court before they did. We were able to shorten the court a little bit."
George Washington coach Karl Hobbs' strategy of utilizing the transition game hit a roadblock when the Terrapins starting making shots and grabbing rebounds for second-chance baskets. In the middle of the Maryland comeback were Blake and Nicholas.
"They played like a team committed to win today," Hobbs said. "Blake and Nicholas played like seniors are supposed to play. They played like guys who have won a national championship. They played well when they found themselves in a little bit of a hole."
The Colonials used runs of 14-5 and 10-2 to take a 29-17 lead with 11:12 left in the half. But after Monroe's two free throws gave GW a 31-19 lead with 10:23 to go, Blake rallied the Terrapins.
Scoreless until that point, Blake had the final 10 points of a 12-0 Maryland run that tied the game at 31. After Thompson's four-point play put the Colonials up 35-31, the Terrapins closed the half by outscoring GW 17-8 as Nicholas, who had 20 first-half points, knocked down three 3-pointers.
Blake's driving layup with 3:37 left in the half gave Maryland the lead for good at 38-37.
The Terrapins led by as many as 21 points on Travis Garrison's jumper midway through the second half. GW used a 3-pointer by Monroe and a nice followup by Williams to close within 86-77 with 2:31 remaining.
"I didn't know how we'd come out today, to be honest," Gary Williams said. "I told the players before the game that I've never known a great basketball player that didn't show emotion on the court. ... I was very disappointed with our emotional level yesterday. Our teams are usually more emotional."