Saturday, February 9, 2008

Our good fortune at Maryland continued this evening. Despite not hearing anything official from the athletic department, I received word that there were spaces reserved for us at the reporters desk as well as on the floor for tonight's game between the Terps and the NC State Wolfpack. I was elated to find out this news, but had to make fast in order to get back down to College Park from up in Baltimore where I was celebrating a coworkers 30th birthday in his extravigantly furnished and Apple-inspired living room.

I made it in time and parked without difficulty. When I reached the media entrance I met the same CSC gentlemen who are usually there. Many recognize me at this point except for the gentleman that holds all the credentials. To him I am still a mystery, and I repeat my name and organization every time I show up for a game. Most of the time he gives me a pass. But sometimes (like tonight), the pass is not there. Tonight there was an envelope for Anthony Amobi. It contained credentials for the next 3 home games. I took the envelope and went inside.

As I set up my laptop and pulled out my camera equipment I smiled at the thought of how far our organization (the DC Sports Box) has come in such a short amount of time. It's very fulfilling to know that we've accomplished something very tangible (obtaining media credentials to Maryland) because of our hard work.

The photo section was very crowded, and I was surprised we had a spot on the floor. It was nearly as crowded as the Duke game. The stands were also packed, and that meant I couldn't go up high and take photos through the 400mm lens. I checked in with Greg Fiume and asked if I could sit on the far side of the court. He gave me the nod and I dropped off my equipment on the baseline.

The game itself was very exciting as both NC State and Maryland played very well. James Gist had possibly the best night of his career, scoring 30 points and playing a key role in Maryland's comeback before the close of the first half. He contributed 7 of Maryland's 9 points that led to a 31-31 tie with just a few seconds remaining before the half. He also was instrumental in Maryland's 17-2 run to start the second half. Hats off to the senior for playing such a fantastic game.

Greivis Vasquez was also phenomenal. He was 1 rebound shy of a triple-double, which would have been only the second for a Terrapin. He dished out 15 assists and scored 13 points. He had 9 rebounds as well.

I wrote an article for the DC Sports Box. You can read more details about Maryland's win over NC State and take a look at my photos by going over here.


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