His Name Is Jake Layman, and Yesterday He Was Clutch. Terps Beat Cavs 75-69 In Last ACC Game At Comcast.

Featured, Sports and Bets — March 10, 2014 at 10:55 am by

We’ve given Terps sophomore Jake Layman his share of grief around here, but yesterday Jake shut us the hell up with some ice water veined, basketball heroics from the charity stripe as Maryland beat number 5 Virginia, 75-69 in overtime.  Jake was cool as the other side of the pillow,  calm as an old man fishin’ on a Sunday morning, and as confident as Tiger Woods on a Sunday at Augusta before his wife clubbed him with his own 3 Iron (allegedly).  Yep, young Terp Jake hit 6 out of 6 free throws down the stretch at the end of regulation and in overtime.  All 6 of those clutch foul shots came with 38 seconds or less remaining in either period.  Layman didn’t flinch, and the Terps finally got that win against a highly ranked opponent that they’ve been flirting with for so long.

It was nice to see the Terps finally finish.  Despite playing so well the past six weeks, Maryland only has this Virginia win to show for their efforts.  Maryland has had several close, but no cigar wins.  Syracuse, Duke, Pitt, Clemson and Virginia all survived close ones against the Turtles, Maryland simply couldn’t finish, and the Terps were finding ways to lose instead of win.  That story looked to be repeating itself yesterday when Virginia forward Anthony Gill sent the game into overtime with a wide open shot off of an in bounds pass with :01 remaining.  But Seth Allen hit two lay ups to start OT and the Terps never looked back.  The boys in red and white finally found a way to win.

Now it’s time for me to get overly optimistic and tell you how the Terps are going to make some noise this week in the ACC tournament.  They start with Florida State on Thursday at noon.  Maryland smashed the Seminoles the last time they played them, it’s a winnable game.  Then it would be Virginia again, and the Cavs are a team that the Terps seem to match up well against.  Two wins isn’t too much to ask for our ACC swan song, is it?

Other thoughts from Sunday’s win:

Seth Allen and Dez Wells sliced and diced through the normally repressive Virginia perimeter defense.  The ability of Maryland’s guards to get into the paint was the difference maker for the Terps in the win.  (Allen had 20 points, Wells 18)

Maryland’s defense has improved dramatically during the second half of this season.  Sunday, the Terps held the Cavs to only 3 field goals made in the last 8:33 of regulation.

Big Chuck Mitchell didn’t get further punishment for his outburst during the Va Tech game.  His contributed vs the Cavs with 6 points.  Sometimes dudes get pissed off while playing sports, glad to see Coach Turgeon didn’t make a big deal out of the angry exchange between Mitchell and an assistant coach.

 

Jake Layman also had a game high 8 rebounds.

 

Friend of Charm City Wire and proud Maryland alum, “Oy Can” Oyler was at the game.  He sent us some pics:

Gary in da house:

 

Last time those white ACC letters will be in the key:

 

Can’t wit for the ACC tourney.  Fear the Turtle one last time.

 

 

 

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