Vermont 63

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Maryland 81

(2-0, 2-0 home)

7:05 PM ET, November 8, 2006

Comcast Center, College Park, Maryland

1 2 T
UVM 27 3663
MD 36 4581

Top Performers

Vermont: M. Trimboli 15 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

Maryland: M. Jones 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Terps top Vermont, roll to College Hoops Classic semis

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland was involved in a tight game with Vermont when coach Gary Williams instructed the Terrapins to incorporate a full-court press.

That, along with the long-range shooting of Mike Jones, ended any hope the Catamounts had of pulling off an upset.

Mike Jones and D.J. Strawberry each scored 19 points and Maryland advanced to the semifinals of the 2K College Hoops Classic with an 81-63 victory Wednesday night.

The Terrapins' next game in the tournament will be Nov. 16 at Madison Square Garden.

"I didn't realize it, but if we don't win tonight, we play Florida A&M on Sunday and then we don't play for eight days," Williams said. "You don't want eight days off this time of year. It means we have games next week, which is great."

Against Vermont, the Terrapins (2-0) broke out the press with a 23-19 lead and four minutes left in the first half. Strawberry dominated the defensive end and Jones took care of the offense, scoring 11 points to give Maryland a 36-27 lead at the break.

"It took us a good 16 minutes to get into our tempo," Williams said. "Once we did we were OK. We changed up our press a little bit and that seemed to pick things up."

It also caused problems for the Catamounts, who made one basket in the final six minutes of the half.

"Our shooting and our turnovers were really bad. Maryland did a good job with their defensive pressure," Vermont coach Mike Lonergan said. "Their press really hurt us. We tried to prepare for it, but we kept turning the ball over and giving them more possessions."

With Jones leading the way, Maryland stretched the four-point advantage into a 45-28 lead with 16:34 left. After dominating the end of the first half, Jones had a follow and a 3-pointer in a 9-1 run immediately after halftime.

"I knew I had to find my shot somehow," Jones said.

Lonergan said: "We knew he could shoot, and he wasn't supposed to get any open looks, but they did a good job getting him the ball. And we did not guard him well at all."

Jones went 8-for-15 from the floor and tied his career high with five assists. Bambale Osby scored 11 points and freshman Eric Hayes had eight assists for Maryland, which opened the tournament by defeating Hampton 102-75.

Mike Trimboli scored 15 points on 5-for-17 shooting and had five of Vermont's seven assists. The Catamounts (1-1) finished with a 49-38 rebounding edge but shot 33 percent and went 2-for-16 from beyond the arc.

"I think it was our defense that won the game for us," Strawberry said. "We just forced them to play our game."

After Jones and the press put Maryland in control, Strawberry opened the second half with two free throws and Jones made a basket before two more foul shots by Strawberry made it 42-27. Jones then followed a Vermont free throw with a jumper behind the key.

Midway through the half, Osby made a foul shot, a layup and a jumper in the paint to put the Terrapins up 65-43. Osby, a junior college transfer, finished 4-for-4 with three foul shots and four rebounds in 11 minutes.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 63 81
FG Made-Attempted 21-64 (.328) 28-67 (.418)
3P Made-Attempted 2-16 (.125) 4-15 (.267)
FT Made-Attempted 19-23 (.826) 21-27 (.778)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
Largest Lead 2 24

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