Maryland 79

(17-6, 3-5 ACC)

Wake Forest 72

(10-12, 2-8 ACC)

    8:00 PM ET, February 3, 2007

    Lawrence Joel Coliseum, Winston-salem, North Carolina

    1 2 T
    MD 32 4779
    WAKE 24 4872

    Top Performers

    Maryland: J. Gist 17 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Wake Forest: K. Visser 16 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Maryland 79, Wake Forest 72

    Associated Press

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- If there's been one weakness Maryland has shown this season, it has been its play away from home.

    But the Terrapins did something about that Saturday night, holding off a second-half rally to beat Wake Forest 79-72 and snap a five-game road losing streak.

    Ekena Ibekwe scored 16 points, including his 1,000th career point, and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Terrapins (17-6, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won an away game for the first time since beating Illinois 72-66 in Champaign, Ill., on Nov. 28, 2006, in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge.

    "To survive in the ACC, you've got to get those road wins," Ibekwe said. "We played real hard and had some good defensive intensity, but we'll learn from our mistakes and continue on."

    Ibekwe became the 44th Terrapins player and the second this season -- the other was Mike Jones, who passed the mark on Jan. 30 against Florida State -- to score 1,000 career points.

    Ibekwe -- who entered Saturday's game nine points shy of 1,000 -- reached the milestone on a layup with 5:17 left that put Maryland up 26-16, its biggest lead of the first half.

    James Gist added 17 points, D.J. Strawberry 14 and Eric Hayes 12 for the Terrapins, who led by as many as 23 points midway through the second half before the Demon Deacons (10-12, 2-8) rallied.

    Ahead 32-24 at the break, Maryland went on a 21-8 run in the opening eight minutes of the second half, with Will Bowers' jumper giving the Terrapins a 55-32 lead with 12:53 remaining.

    "I really liked the way we played," said Maryland head coach Gary Williams, who became the third coach in league history to win 150 regular-season ACC games. "To hang in there and win this road games is a really good sign for us. It showed that we would stay tough.

    "But we knew that we weren't going to win by 20 (points) down here. I didn't think that would happen."

    Wake Forest rallied in the closing minutes of the second half, cutting the Terrapins' lead to seven points four times in a six-minute span, and pulling within 74-69 on L.D. Williams' 3-pointer with 30.6 seconds left. But Maryland hit 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the final 28 seconds to preserve its second ACC win in three games.

    "We knew they were going to make a push," Gist said. "But it's good to get a road win. It's real important right now, because this gives us some momentum with two home games (against Virginia and Duke) coming up."

    Michael Drum and Kyle Visser scored 16 points each and Williams had 12 for the Demon Deacons, who lost for the seventh time in eight league games.

    "We played horrifically on offense the first half, and we were down only four buckets," Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser said. "I thought we would do a better job of handling them. (But) we needed some stops that we didn't get ... and we miss wide-open shots that could have stopped the bleeding."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 79 72
    FG Made-Attempted 28-53 (.528) 26-63 (.413)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-15 (.200) 8-26 (.308)
    FT Made-Attempted 20-31 (.645) 12-23 (.522)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 23 3

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