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Insider Intel: Threes the key for Terps

Tenth-seeded Maryland has a shot against Memphis, if the trey is falling

Originally Published: March 19, 2009
By Luke Cyphers | ESPN The Magazine

It's pretty obvious that outside shooting saved Memphis in its first-rounder against Cal State Northridge. Roburt Sallie's ten three-pointers led to a record-setting 35-point performance -- one that raises his scoring average to a whopping 5.4 ppg -- and saved the second-seeded Tigers.

Less obvious was how much the three helped Memphis' second-round foe, Maryland, in its 84-71 victory over Cal.

Coming out of the under-12:00 media timeout, Maryland's Landon Milbourne hit a free throw line to tie the game at 51. Over the next seven minutes, Maryland went on a 23-8 run. The score sheet shows Maryland dominated in the paint, shooting 10-of-13 in the stretch.

But the inside opened thanks to timely outside shooting. After an Adrian Bowie jumper made it 53-51 with 11:13 to play, Eric Hayes and Milbourne buried consecutive 3-pointers to push the lead to 59-51. And a Greivis Vasquez trey with 1:20 left, after Cal crept within 77-69, ended the Bears' tournament.


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Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.