W Carolina 57

(5-6, 0-4 away)

(21) Maryland 87

(6-2, 5-1 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 7, 2005

    Comcast Center, College Park, Maryland

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    WCU 35 2257
    #21MD 39 4887

    Top Performers

    Western Carolina: J. Outing 12 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Maryland: T. Garrison 23 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Garrison's 23 and 14 lead Terps to easy victory

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- For 20 minutes, Maryland couldn't pull away from a Western Carolina team that lost 22 games last season.

    Ultimately, however, the Terrapins proved too tall, too fast and too talented.

    Travis Garrison had a career-high 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Ekene Ibekwe led a second-half run that carried Maryland (No. 17, ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) to an 87-57 victory Wednesday night.

    Ibekwe scored 12 of his 18 points after halftime, and D.J. Strawberry added 13 points for the Terrapins (6-2), who led by only four at the break.

    "We got the cobwebs out and started to play. That's what it took," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "One of the things you try to do in a game like this is wear the other team down."

    Which is precisely what happened. Maryland finished with a 49-20 rebounding advantage and limited the Catamounts to 1-for-13 shooting from 3-point range in the second half.

    "Too bad it's a game of two halves," first-year Western Carolina coach Larry Hunter said. "Their size and athleticism ability wore us down, and they really had their way with us on the boards."

    Nik Caner-Medley grabbed 10 rebounds to become the 26th player in Maryland history to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

    Jared Outing led Western Carolina (5-6) with 12 points and Antonio Russell scored 11.

    Maryland used a 15-4 run at the outset of the second half to expand a shaky 39-35 lead to 15 points. Ibekwe launched the surge with six straight points and finished it with a dunk.

    It was 56-43 before a 3-pointer by Strawberry and a dunk by Ibekwe sparked a 14-2 run that Garrison concluded with seven straight points.

    "This game is very important, even though Western Carolina is not really up to our caliber," Ibekwe said.

    The victory got the Terrapins back on track after a 78-70 loss to No. 19 George Washington two nights earlier. The game also served as a final tuneup for the start of Atlantic Coast Conference play, a matchup Sunday against No. 6 Boston College.

    "I'm just glad to play after a loss. You just want to play; that's important," Williams said. "I think to get ready for Boston College, it gives you a good feeling."

    Maryland played without leading scorer Chris McCray, who injured his left ankle during the George Washington game. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Mike Jones, who scored six points.

    Garrison had 16 points and all his rebounds in the first half. It was a stark contrast to his performance against GW, when he scored six points on 1-for-5 shooting.

    "I had to assert myself early, especially coming off last game," the senior center said.

    Despite Garrison's performance and a 25-7 rebounding advantage before halftime, Western Carolina used 6-for-11 shooting from beyond the arc to stay close.

    "We dictated the tempo in the first half. Maryland turned it around in the second half," Hunter said.

    Maryland led 18-13 before Kyle Greathouse connected three times from beyond the arc during an 11-2 run that put the Catamounts up 24-20.

    A putback by Garrison -- Maryland's first basket in more than 6 minutes -- tied it at 24. Minutes later, Caner-Medley scored in the lane and Jones hit a 3-pointer to give the Terrapins a 33-28 lead.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 57 87
    FG Made-Attempted 20-50 (.400) 32-65 (.492)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-24 (.292) 4-10 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-14 (.714) 19-27 (.704)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 30

    2005-06 Season

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