Wednesday, March 19, 2008

MARYLAND 68, MINNESOTA 58

Greivis Vasquez had 16 points and six rebounds and made sure Maryland didn't lose another big lead in a 68-58 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night in the first round of the NIT.

Bambale Osby added 14 points and six boards for the fifth-seeded Terrapins (19-14), who advance to play top-seeded Syracuse at the Carrier Dome in the second round.

Damian Johnson had 14 points and 12 rebounds for fourth-seeded Minnesota (20-14), and was about the only Golden Gopher who had enough athleticism to compete with the dynamic Terps.
Johnson also had four blocks and Lawrence Westbrook added 11 points, but the Gophers were out-muscled in the paint and out-hustled in transition in the final game of Tubby Smith's first season as coach here.

It was a textbook game for these Terrapins -- filled with plenty of ups and downs. Maryland trailed for much of the first half while James Gist got off to a quiet 0-for-3 start.

Minnesota center Spencer Tollackson, right, battles Maryland forward James Gist (15) during the first half. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)

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