Maryland Upended by Morgan State in Final Non-Conference Game
Jan. 7, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Reggie Holmes scored 25 points, including 18 in the second half, and Morgan State rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final 12 minutes to upend Maryland 66-65 Wednesday night, ending the Terrapins' seven-game winning streak.
The Bears (6-8), a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team based in Baltimore, were 0-5 against the Terrapins (11-3) in a series that began in 1988.
A 3-pointer by Jermaine Bolden completed a 21-5 run that put the Bears up 61-59 with 2:15 left. After Greivis Vasquez made two free throws for Maryland, Holmes scored on a tip-in to put Morgan State back in front.
Dave Neal tied it at 63 with two foul shots, and after Holmes buried another 3, Landon Milbourne made a basket for Maryland and was fouled with 29.8 seconds left. He missed the free throw, and the Terrapins subsequently misfired on several opportunities in their bid to regain the lead.
Vasquez finished with 19 points, and Neal had a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds. Maryland, which came in 9-0 at home, opens its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule on Saturday against Georgia Tech.
The Terrapins went 1-for-14 from beyond the arc, barely extending their run of games with at least one 3-pointer to 334.
Maryland trailed 38-36 early in the second half before Milbourne hit a jumper, Vasquez drilled a 3-pointer, Neal sank a hook shot and Milbourne scored on a follow to put the Terps up by 7. After Holmes interrupted the run with a jumper, the Terrapins tacked on 9 straight points, including two free throws by Vasquez after a technical foul was called on the Morgan State bench.
The second 9-0 burst made it 54-40 with 12:37 to go, but the Bears weren't done. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Holmes made it 55-47, and another jumper by Holmes from beyond the arc got Morgan State to 57-56 with 5:21 remaining. Holmes hit 4 of 7 threes in the second half.
Material from the Associated Press contributed to this story