COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland moved into the quarterfinals
of the NIT for the first time since 1972, getting 12 points and 11
rebounds from Nik Caner-Medley in a 78-63 victory over Davidson on
Six players scored in double figures for the Terrapins, led by
James Gist with 15 points. Maryland never trailed after using a
16-0 run to pull even at halftime.
Trying to salvage a season in which their 11-year run of NCAA
tournament appearances ended, the Terrapins (18-12) will face Texas
Christian this weekend for the right to play in the semifinal round
at Madison Square Garden.
Since winning the NIT title 33 years ago, Maryland had tried
four times without success to advance past the second round
Brendan Winters scored 16 points and Jason Morton had 15 for
Davidson (23-9), which was seeking to win three games in a single
postseason for the first time. Before this NIT, the Wildcats hadn't
won a postseason game since 1969.
Davidson stunned the impressive crowd of 12,126 by taking a
34-18 lead with 3:56 left in the first half. But the Wildcats
missed their next 12 shots and went scoreless until the 16:34 mark
of the second half.
Maryland led 44-38 before Winters scored six points in a 12-6
spree that tied it at 50 with 12 minutes to go. Caner-Medley then
hit a 3-pointer, and Ekene Ibekwe made a layup to start a 13-4 run
that put the Terps up 63-54.
Davidson never got closer than four points the rest of the way.
Maryland played without leading scorer John Gilchrist, who has
been held out of the tournament with a sprained ankle. He was
replaced by Sterling Ledbetter, who had 10 points and a career-high
The Wildcats missed nine of their first 12 shots, but Maryland
committed nine turnovers in the opening 11 minutes and fell behind
23-14. Minutes later, Davidson's Logan Kosmalski hit two straight
3-pointers, and Morton added a layup and a 3-pointer to put
Davidson up by 16.
Following a timeout, Gist scored seven points and Ledbetter had
five in the Terrapins' 16-point run.