This isn't an unprecedented scene.
Not in the slightest.
A senior forward with limited contributions before his final season on a Maryland basketball team with dubious NCAA tournament credentials playing better than most people thought he could as his college career comes to an end.
The poster child for such an arc is Dave Neal. Dino Gregory isn't doing a bad job duplicating it.
"Dave Neal did it, and that's the kind of guy I look toward at how he set up his senior year and got things done for his team," Gregory said. "He stepped up in a huge way and nobody believed in him. I think I can have a similar impact with this team."
It goes beyond the 14 points and 11 rebounds --- Gregory's second career double-double --- earned in Wednesday's 106-52 rout of Longwood. It has more to do with the drip-drip-drip of solid games the senior provided the Terrapins (16-8) since conference play resumed last night.
The string of points: 8-8-10-2-9-8-9-8-8-14.
The string of rebounds: 4-3-5-3-6-5-7-6-6-11.
It's not unfair to call Gregory an 8-and-6-a-night guy. Because in recent weeks, that's exactly what he is.
And it's immensely valuable for the Terps, who needed some sort of frontcourt complement to Jordan Williams --- a guy who could help while not necessarily interfering with what Williams does well.
Gregory's fit that role, in a more steady way than anyone realistically could have imagined.
"With Jordan getting all the double-doubles, he gets all the attention," coach Gary Williams said. "But the idea of that somebody's there to make a jump shot along the baseline, get up over the rim, be a factor defensively [helps]. And he's strong. Dino's up to about 225, 230. He's a strong player. It gives us a pretty strong front line. We try to take advantage of it."
Wednesday brought the best statistical night of Gregory's career. His 14 points matched a personal best, and his 11 rebounds nosed out his 10-rebound night against Illinois at Madison Square Garden. It was the game against the Illini that hinted Gregory had a chance to built up solid if not spectacular totals in counting stats --- an understandable knock against him early in his career.
That part developed this season. On a per-40-minute basis (a way to compare performances while taking out minutes per game as an element), Gregory averaged 8.48 points and 6.8 rebounds as a junior. Those numbers are up to 11.56 points and 8.3 rebounds this season.
Plus, thanks to a more effective mid-range jumper, Gregory is shooting 50.9 percent, up from 41.2 percent a season ago.
"I really haven't seen Dino miss that many shots since I've been here," freshman Terrell Stoglin said. "I don't know how much he's improved his shot, but I know this year he's been very consistent."
Wednesday's enduring lesson, if there is one, might be Gregory's willingness to step into a void if Jordan Williams is relegated to the bench for some reason or another. The Lancers weren't successful at much in the first half, but they did manage to draw three fouls from Maryland's star and force the Terps' supporting cast to beat them.
Gregory, who had 10 points and eight rebounds at the break, was up to the task.
"Today, he had a double-double, and we need that every day," freshman Hauk Palsson said. "We need rebounding. He's one of the leaders on this team. He tells us to go hard in the huddles, where people can't see. It's always good to have one who is always consistent."
It is Gregory's calling card. While Maryland plays a nightly game of figuring out which backcourt pieces will contribute the most, the Terps have a decent idea what they'll receive from the starters in the post.
Jordan Williams will seize the spotlight as he produces double-double after double-double. Gregory, though, is doing his best Dave Neal impersonation, with 14-foot jumpers in place of 3-pointers. If Maryland can push its way into the NCAA tournament, it's a contribution worthy of its share of attention.
"I think I've been playing all right," Gregory said. "I can play better than I have been playing and can get better with the rebounds, but for the most part it's going good."