Vasquez Leads Maryland Over Youngstown State

Terrapins 2-0 after 73-49 rout

Greivis Vasquez likes to talk about doing whatever it takes to help Maryland win.

Against Youngstown State on Tuesday night, he did just about everything.

Not only did Vasquez match his career high with 28 points, he also led Maryland in rebounds, minutes, steals and assists. Then, after being pulled in the waning minutes of the 73-49 rout, Vasquez led cheers from the bench.

"I'm just trying to do whatever it takes to win, man," the 6-foot-6 junior guard said. "If I win, I'm happy. I don't need to score 20 points; I'd rather have 10 turnovers and win."

The Terrapins (2-0) have six sophomores and three freshmen, and they're small in the frontcourt. Until those younger players develop, Vasquez will be asked to carry the load, even if it means playing three positions.

Against Youngstown State, he played both guard positions and small forward. Besides going 10-for-17 from the floor and 7-for-7 at the foul line, Vasquez finished with eight rebounds, four steals and four assists in 30 minutes.

Vasquez led Maryland in scoring last year and appears poised to do it again.

"It's early in the year, and no matter what a player did the year before they need that positive thing to happen," coach Gary Williams said. "I think tonight was very positive for Greivis. He did a lot of things to help us."

Youngstown coach Jerry Slocum said of Vasquez: "He's a pro. That guy's going to the next level. On top of it all, he has really good size. He's a tough kid, and he's a tough player for our guys to guard."

It was the 399th career victory at Maryland for Williams, compared to 215 losses in 20 seasons at his alma mater.

The Terrapins allowed one basket in the final eight minutes before halftime, turning a one-point lead into a 37-18 cushion. Vasquez, who scored 12 points during that span, is 48 short of 1,000 for his career.

Jack Liles had 12 points and eight rebounds for Youngstown State (0-2), which was coming off a home loss to Buffalo. The Penguins are 0-3 against Atlantic Coast Conference teams, losing previously to Georgia Tech in 1992 and Clemson in 1989.

Youngstown State shot 33 percent from the field and committed 23 turnovers, 13 in the decisive first half.

"It was self-inflicted wounds," Slocum said. "You can't go out against a team of Maryland's caliber and turn the ball over 13 or 14 times a half."

In its opener against Bucknell, Maryland started the game by missing its first eight shots. In this one, the Terrapins went 0-for-6 from the floor and botched two foul shots while falling behind 6-0.

"We'd like to start better," Williams said. "I think we will."

Maryland used a 10-2 run to take its first lead, and then scored 14 straight points to go up 31-16. Vasquez had three baskets and four free throws in the latter surge.

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