SPOKANE, Wash. -- The star didn't lead Maryland to a workmanlike 89-77 win over Houston. It was the wily veteran who doesn't want to say goodbye and the young guy ready to say hello.
Williams finished with a career-high 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds -- the day's high total cleaning the glass -- while Milbourne chipped in 19 points and seven boards.
Houston couldn't stop Maryland from scoring in large part because it got whipped on the boards. The Terrapins finished with a 47 to 27 advantage in rebounding. One word: dominant.
Vasquez didn't exactly have a bad night. He scored 16 points, pulled down seven boards and dished six assists.
Maryland has won 10 of its last 11 games. It also has won 10 consecutive NCAA tournament first round games.
Maryland coach Gary Williams and Houston coach Tom Penders entered the game tied for fifth among active Division I coaches with 648 victories. Williams is now alone in fifth.