COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The vibe in Comcast Center throughout Wednesday night was that Maryland badly needed to beat North Carolina State. You might even say the Terrapins collective backs were against the wall.
They were 0-2 in the ACC and trailing by a point ready to inbound the ball near midcourt with 5 seconds left on a night when scoring was at a premium. Surely they were headed to a dreaded 0-3 start while taking residence in a huge, deep hole not consistent with most teams darting toward NCAA Tournament inclusion.
Call it a pass or shot, it doesnt really matter much at this point, because when junior point guard PeShon Howards runner from just outside the left side of the lane appeared to fall short of the rim with the clock winding down, the Terps were a certain goner. Or so it seemed for a split second.
Yet, 7-foot-1 Alex Len then made the play of the season so far in the ACC by grabbing the errant shot and immediately dropping it through the cylinder to give the Terps a on...