Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Terps End Losing Streak

Last night the Terps went on a 13-0 run late in the second half to secure a 76-65 victory over Virginia. The win gave coach Gary Williams his 349th victory at Maryland, which moved him past Lefty Driesell as the Terps all-time winningest coach. I watched this on TV and yeah, it was a gut wrencher and I wanted to yell at the TV at times as Virginia took a 13-0 lead to start the game. However, the Terps rallied and showed some heart in the second half to get the victory.

After the game when the players presented the game ball to their coach, Williams was unable to hold back emotion. He was choked up when he talked about what the victory meant for his team, which had lost three consecutive games. He was unable to speak at times when he reflected on his long career at Maryland.

His biggest accomplishment is the 2002 National Championship. But he said last night that he is most proud of overcoming NCAA sanctions his first three seasons in College Park and restoring the program's image that followed in the wake of the death of Len Bias in June of 1986.

So hats off and congratulations to Coach Gary Williams. He'll enjoy this for a couple minutes as he'll be working on a game plan to stop Duke, which visits Comcast Center Saturday at 1:00 PM.

Maryland is now 15-7 overall and 5-4 in the ACC.

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