Maryland Advances in ACC Tourney, Downs NC State, 74-69
March 12, 2009
ATLANTA (AP) - Eric Hayes scored a career-high 21 points, including six free throws in the final 2:08, and Maryland took control with a late 11-0 run to beat North Carolina State 74-69 in the ACC tournament on Thursday night.
N.C. State, which led by 13 points in the first half, held its last lead at 62-61 with 4:12 left. Maryland answered with 11 straight points, including five free throws by Hayes.
Hayes set a season high with five 3-pointers.
Greivis Vasquez had 17 points and 10 assists for Maryland (19-12), which boosted its NCAA tournament hopes.
Julius Mays led N.C. State (16-14) with 18 points. Ben McCauley had 14 points and Dennis Horner had 11.
Maryland, seeded seventh, will face No. 2 seed Wake Forest in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday (Raycom/ESPN2).