Scores

Final

Davidson 63

(23-9, 16-0 Southern)

Maryland 78

(18-12, 7-9 ACC)

    8:00 PM ET, March 23, 2005

    Comcast Center, College Park, Maryland

    1 2 T
    DAV 34 2963
    MD 34 4478

    Top Performers

    Davidson: L. Kosmalski 13 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Maryland: J. Gist 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Maryland one win away from New York

    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 Wednesday night.

    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 eight assists.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DAV
    MD
    Points 63 78
    FG Made-Attempted 21-67 (.313) 28-67 (.418)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-35 (.286) 3-12 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-17 (.647) 19-26 (.731)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 16 16

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