Caner-Medley nets 23 as No. 12 Maryland cruises

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Another blowout victory against an
overmatched foe was the perfect way for Maryland (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today; No. 14 AP) to conclude
its non-conference home schedule.

Now things start getting serious.

Nik Caner-Medley scored a season-high 23 points, Chris McCray
added 16, and the Terrapins tuned up for Atlantic Coast Conference
play by beating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 99-73 on Wednesday night.

"This is what you come here for. You come to play in the ACC,"
said guard D.J. Strawberry, who scored 14 points. "We're ready."

It was the 29th consecutive non-conference home victory for the
Terrapins (11-2), who closed the first half with a 23-5 run to go
up 48-30. Maryland upped the margin to 34 points with 12 minutes
left and coasted to its sixth straight win.

Fifteen of the Terrapins' next 16 games are against ACC teams,
the exception a Jan. 28 matchup against Temple. The run begins
Saturday at Miami.

"We're ready to go down there and show what we can do,"
Strawberry said.

"There are no off days for the next 16 games, counting
Temple," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "It should be
interesting. If you're a player or a coach, you like these next two

Chris Daniels scored 18 points and Aaron White had 15 for Texas
A&M-Corpus Christi (10-5). The Islanders went 10-for-26 from
3-point range and committed 24 turnovers.

"They're very big, they're very athletic," seventh-year coach
Ronnie Arrow said. "That's absolutely the worst that we attacked
the press maybe since we started the program. It looked like we've
never seen a press before."

It was 25-all before Caner-Medley hit a baseline jumper and
McCray scored off a steal, sparking a 9-0 run that Caner-Medley
capped with a 3-pointer. After Josh Washington hit a 3 for the
Islanders, McCray made a jumper and two free throws to start a run
of 11 straight points for a 45-28 lead.

Rashad Mintz then made two free throws for Texas A&M-Corpus
Christi before Strawberry hit a 3-pointer for the Terrapins at the
first-half buzzer.

"We might have worn them down a little bit at the end of the
first half," Williams said.

The Islanders held a 25-17 rebounding advantage at halftime, but
couldn't overcome 10-for-34 shooting or their 14 turnovers.

The trend continued in the second half.

"The difference in the game is that they had 33 points off our
turnovers," Arrow said. "We knew we couldn't afford to give up
easy buckets like that. It's tough enough to stop them as it is."

The Terrapins scored seven straight points in the opening 22
seconds, the last five by Caner-Medley, before the Islanders used a
9-0 run to take the lead.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi led 14-13 before Parrish Brown scored
four points in a 6-0 spurt that put Maryland back in front.
Although the Islanders made only one field goal over an 8-minute
stretch, the Terrapins couldn't pull away until the final 5 minutes
of the half.

Williams knows a slow start against Miami could be far more

"We have to be ready from the start, especially on the road,
and we need to play 40 solid minutes," he said. "I'm excited
about it."

So are his players.

"We've been looking forward to this," Caner-Medley said.

"It can only go one of two ways now, up or down," McCray said.
"I think this year we really want it."