8:00 PM ET, January 4, 2006
Comcast Center, College Park, Maryland
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.
"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 months."
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 dangerous.
"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."
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-58 (.397)||34-75 (.453)|
|3P Made-Attempted||10-26 (.385)||6-19 (.316)|
|FT Made-Attempted||17-20 (.850)||25-30 (.833)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|
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