Minnesota 66

(2-2, 0-1 away)

(23) Maryland 83

(5-1, 4-1 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 30, 2005

    XFINITY Center, College Park, Maryland

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    MINN 42 2466
    #23MD 36 4783

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: J. Stamper 13 Pts, 12 Reb

    Maryland: D. Strawberry 14 Pts, 1 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl

    Maryland cruises past Minnesota in second half

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- For 20 minutes, Minnesota did virtually everything right against Maryland (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP) in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

    Shortly after halftime, however, the short-handed Golden Gophers relinquished the lead. Not long after that, they lost their coach.

    Travis Garrison had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Maryland overwhelmed injury-riddled Minnesota in the second half en route to an 83-66 victory Wednesday night.

    Nik Caner-Medley scored 16 points, and Mike Jones and D.J. Strawberry had 14 apiece for the Terrapins (5-1), who trailed by 15 in the early going and by six at halftime.

    "I thought we had a great stretch of basketball early in the second half. We played well enough to keep the lead," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "Hopefully this is the start of becoming a good basketball team."

    Maryland outscored the Golden Gophers 47-24 in a second half that featured the ejection of Minnesota coach Dan Monson.

    "They just got at us in the beginning," Garrison said, "but we picked it up. The defense changed. We got more aggressive."

    Dan Coleman led the Gophers (2-2) with 16 points, and Adam Boone and J'son Stamper each scored 13.

    Minnesota was without injured guards Vincent Grier, Ryan Saunders and Kevin Payton. In addition, starting guard Maurice Hargrow left with a leg injury after playing just nine minutes.

    "For having four guards out in a game that you need guards to make decisions, I thought Adam Boone did a great job on the one-man press break," Monson said. "I was proud of our guys, taking the game plan and implementing it. It wasn't for as long as I wanted, but at least coach Williams had to break a sweat for a while."

    Maryland opened the second half with a 15-1 run that made it 51-43 and brought about Monson's early exit.

    After Strawberry tied it with a layup, the junior guard added a three-point play to give the Terrapins their first lead, 46-43. Strawberry then deflected the inbounds pass to Garrison, who sank a layup.

    That caused Monson to storm to midcourt while signaling for a 30-second timeout. He proceeded to pull off his jacket and throw it angrily to the floor, a demonstration that earned him a pair of technical fouls.

    "I tell my team you have to fight, but you have to do it with composure," Monson said. "I apologized to the three officials after the game and to my team. I feel like when they needed me to fight the most, I wasn't there.

    "Getting kicked out of a game is a first for me, and hopefully a last."

    Chris McCray made three of the four foul shots after Monson was escorted from the floor.

    Minnesota closed to 56-50 before Jones had a dunk and running jumper in an 11-0 spree that gave Maryland a 17-point cushion with 10:45 left.

    "We had more healthy bodies than they did, and it was probably going to be a factor in the second half," Williams said.

    The Gophers outrebounded Maryland 21-8 and got nine points apiece from Coleman and Spencer Tollackson in taking a 42-36 lead at halftime.

    Minnesota went 8-for-13 from the floor in the opening 10 minutes and used a 17-2 run to go up 23-8. Boone capped the run with two straight 3-pointers, including a bank shot from 22 feet as the shot clock expired.

    The Terrapins, meanwhile, missed 10 of their first 13 field-goal tries and were outrebounded 12-3.

    Jones then scored eight points in a 10-3 spurt that got Maryland to 26-18, and minutes later Caner-Medley hit a 3-pointer and a layup in succession to cut the margin to five against a depleted team coming off a home loss to Gardner-Webb.

    "Just to get that thing to six at halftime took a lot of effort," Williams said. "I've seen that before. You're almost in a trap in a situation, where their best scorer [Grier] doesn't play, they lose a game probably everybody in Minnesota thought they should have won. ... Good teams come back after a situation like that, and we happened to be the next game."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 66 83
    FG Made-Attempted 25-61 (.410) 29-60 (.483)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-18 (.333) 4-5 (.800)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-15 (.667) 21-33 (.636)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 15 19

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