- The Washington Times - Friday, November 5, 2004

The Maryland men’s basketball team will be seeking a fifth starter and an offensive scheme tonight when the Terrapins meet Bryant University in the first of two exhibitions at Comcast Center.

Coach Gary Williams said yesterday returning starting guards John Gilchrist and Chris McCray, along with forwards Travis Garrison and Nik Caner-Medley, will open against the Division II region finalists last year. The Terps might replace departed center Jamar Smith with a third forward or third guard rather than a traditional big man.

Maryland could play forwards Hassan Fofana and Ekene Ibekwe or center Will Bowers in a bigger lineup or guards D.J. Strawberry and Mike Jones. The Terps probably will adjust to the opposing lineup, but could alter their traditional inside-oriented offense under Williams.

“We have to prove we can score inside,” Williams said. “It has to be everybody. Our guards are big. … There are a lot of ways to score inside besides the natural way [with a big man].”

Maryland plays Carleton of Canada on Nov.13 before its regular-season opener against Jackson State on Nov.19. The Terps open in the ACC against Florida State on Dec.19.

Notes — Caner-Medley won’t face further discipline by Maryland after a disorderly conduct charge in Portland, Maine, in July was ruled inactive and will be dismissed if he has no further legal troubles over the next year. … The Terps have a verbal commitment from forward Shane Clark of Hargrave Military Academy. … Comcast will televise “The Ultimate Road Game: The Terps In Italy” today at 9 p.m.

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