COLLEGE PARK -- It’s difficult to quantify any sort of extra boost that the presence of former Maryland great Greivis Vasquez gave to this Terrapin team on Tuesday night against Georgetown, so let’s just state facts.
Some time around when Maryland trailed by seven points with 5:48 to go against the Hoyas, this happened:
Greivis Vasquez just walked through that door.
— Daniel Martin (@DMartinCSN) November 18, 2015
The current Milwaukee Buck, having just played a game at Verizon Center against the Washington Wizards, made his way to College Park so he could catch the end of Georgetown-Maryland.
He was shown on the big screen overhead during a break in the action and the crowd went wild. Then, on the court, something clicked for Maryland. They hit shot, they got to the free throw line, and they chipped away at Georgetown’s lead.
A Rasheed Sulaimon three with 1:18 to play put Maryland up for good. Head coach Mark Turgeon was asked after the game, was there a Greivis factor?
“I asked him when he came in and he said the five-minute mark, so I said it was all him the reason we won,” Turgeon said. “We had a lot of former players back. It was kind of a cool thing.”
Tuesday was a night of celebration along with the victory with a number of other program alumni returning to College Park, including former No. 1 overall pick Joe Smith. Smith had not been to campus during Turgeon’s tenure and, in speaking with the media he said he relished the opportunity to be a “student” in the stands.
Good thing Maryland was able to stave off the homecoming spoiler.