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January 10, 2010

Vasquez, Terps too much for 'Noles

Greivis Vasquez scored 22 points, Eric Hayes had 17, and Maryland held off No. 18 Florida State 77-68 on Sunday night to snap the Seminoles' seven-game winning streak.

The Terrapins (10-4, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) let a 16-point lead dwindle to 48-45 before Vasquez scored nine points in a 14-4 surge that made it 62-49 with 9 minutes left.

Then, after the Seminoles closed to 72-66, Vasquez drilled a 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining to all but seal the victory.

Vasquez scored 17 points after halftime on 6-of-10 shooting. He has at least 20 points in six straight games.

Chris Singleton had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Florida State (13-3, 1-1), which played much of the second half without 6-foot-9 forward Ryan Reid, who injured his left ankle with 19:35 to go and didn't return until 7:56 remained.

Solomon Alabi scored 17 points for the Seminoles despite missing a long stretch of the first half because of foul trouble.

After Florida State scored the first two baskets of the second half to close to 41-31, Maryland's Landon Milbourne hit a jumper in the lane and Vasquez followed with a three-point play to increase the margin to 15.

It was 48-34 before Michael Snaer hit a 3-pointer to spark an 11-0 Florida State run that included two baskets by Singleton.

That's when Vasquez took over.

Hayes and Milbourne each scored 11 points, and the Terrapins outrebounded Florida State 20-12 in going up 41-27 at halftime.

After scoring the Seminoles' first five points, Alabi picked up his second foul with 17:27 left in the first half and was forced to the bench. Florida State promptly went nearly 6 minutes without a field goal, allowing Maryland to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 17-8 lead.

Alabi returned with 9:41 to go and the Seminoles down 22-13. His presence was not immediately felt, as evidenced by a 10-3 spurt by the Terrapins that made it 37-23.

The gap expanded to 16 just before halftime.


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