Scores

Final

Mount St Mary's 53

(3-7, 1-0 NEC)

(22) Maryland 85

(9-2, 1-0 ACC)

    8:00 PM ET, January 4, 2005

    Comcast Center, College Park, Maryland

    1 2 T
    MSM 25 2853
    #22MD 47 3885

    Top Performers

    Mount St. Mary's: L. Thompson 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Maryland: N. Caner-Medley 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Only drama is decision not to start Caner-Medley

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland used another feel-good win at home as preparation for a difficult road trip.

    John Gilchrist and Nik Caner-Medley each scored 17 points, and the Terrapins (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today; No. 22 AP) cruised to their fifth straight victory, 85-53 over Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday night.

    Gilchrist was removed with 6 minutes left, ruining his chance to reach the 20-point barrier in a sixth consecutive game. Travis Garrison had 15 points for Maryland (9-2), which improved to 108-2 in non-conference home games since coach Gary Williams arrived in 1989.

    The Terrapins' next two games are against highly ranked Atlantic Coast Conference foes, Saturday at No. 3 North Carolina and next Tuesday at No. 4 Wake Forest.

    "It was good to get a lot of guys in there, get people minutes we might need on Saturday," Williams said. "We're looking forward to the challenge. It's a very good team down on their court. We'll see how that goes."

    Williams started D.J. Strawberry at forward ahead of Caner-Medley, whose run of 48 consecutive starts ended. The move was a disciplinary measure, but after the game the coach insisted that all was forgiven.

    "We're fine. Nik started the second half," Williams said. "It's just for tonight."

    Caner-Medley, who played only 19 minutes, won't let the benching influence his play against North Carolina.

    "I've always been told it's 10 percent of what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it," he said. "I'm just going to play the same and try to win. We've got to be real focused and prepared to play on Saturday."

    Caner-Medley came in second on the team in scoring with a 14.6 average.

    Landy Thompson scored 20 points for the Mountaineers (3-7), who have lost four in a row. Mount St. Mary's shot 30 percent in falling to 0-5 against the Terrapins and 1-14 against teams from the ACC.

    The Mountaineers next face Northeast Conference foe Central Connecticut State on Thursday.

    "Just the way they used us to get ready for a league game, we had to use them in the same fashion," Mount coach Milan Brown said. "I think we competed for the most part; I didn't think we competed for 40 solid minutes."

    After forcing 12 turnovers and shooting 52 percent in taking a 47-25 halftime lead, Maryland opened the second half with a 7-0 run to go up by 29. Gilchrist had 16 points with 15:55 left, but was used sparingly the rest of the way.

    He played only 26 minutes, but should see plenty more action Saturday.

    "We have to play all 40 minutes if we want to compete with Carolina," Gilchrist said. "I feel we can score with pretty much any team in this country. But we have to be tougher, we have to be tough on loose balls and rebounds."

    The Terrapins led the Mountaineers 15-12 before freshman James Gist scored on a follow jam and Will Bowers made a three-point play to spark a 9-0 run that put the Terrapins up by 12.

    After the Mountaineers halved the deficit, Gilchrist turned a steal into a three-point play to start a 21-5 spree into halftime. Six players scored in the run, led by Caner-Medley with nine points.

    In the second half, Thompson was the lone scorer for the Mountaineers until Jason Epps hit a runner in the lane with 12:13 remaining to make it 64-36.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MSM
    MD
    Points 53 85
    FG Made-Attempted 19-64 (.297) 29-68 (.426)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-26 (.308) 6-17 (.353)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-11 (.636) 21-26 (.808)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 39

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