- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 23, 2005

LAHAINA, Hawaii — It took Maryland an entire half to get going, but then the Terrapins really cruised.

Chris McCray scored 17 points — nine in a 23-0 run in the second half — to lead No. 23 Maryland to a 98-69 victory over Chaminade yesterday in the consolation round of the Maui Invitational.

The Terps (2-1), who lost 88-76 to No. 8 Gonzaga in the opening round, will play Arkansas for fifth place today. The Razorbacks beat Kansas 65-64.

Chaminade (0-2), the Division II host school of the eight-team tournament, brought back memories of its famed win over another ACC school in taking an 11-point lead in the first half. The Silverswords, then an NAIA school, stunned No. 1 Virginia and Ralph Sampson in December 1982.

Maryland ended any thoughts of an upset with the big second-half run that gave the Terps a 74-52 lead with 12:03 to play.



“They did a great job in coming at us and we finally did a good job of getting back, getting matched up and from that point on we pretty much took control of the game,” Maryland coach Gary Williams said. “But until we did that, the game could have gone either way, obviously.”

McCray hit a jumper to start the run that was fueled by Maryland’s defense as Chaminade had trouble handling pressure and the Terps’ size advantage inside.

Two free throws by Zach Whiting had given Chaminade a 52-51 lead with 17:13 to play. The Silverswords then missed five shots and committed six turnovers before Corey Campbell broke the drought with a 3-pointer with 11:41 left.

Maryland went on to lead by as many as 32 points, 96-64 with 3:49 to play.

Terps point guard D.J. Strawberry said the first-half defense gave Chaminade the chance to go up early.

“We weren’t getting back on defense,” he said. “In the second half we did a great job in transition defense.”

James Gist and Nik Caner-Medley added 16 points apiece for Maryland, while Travis Garrison had 13 and Ekene Ibekwe 12.

“Hopefully we can build from the second half,” Williams said. “We did a lot of good things in the second half.”

Chris Reaves had 13 points for the Silverswords, and Campbell and Marko Kolaric 11 each. Whiting had eight points, 14 assists and nine turnovers. The 14 assists were one off the tournament record set by Brandon Granville of USC against Memphis in 1999.

Chaminade shot 51.6 percent in taking a 46-44 halftime lead. The Silverswords led 38-27 with 4:17 left in the half and were still up 41-33 with 3:09 to play.

But Garrison had four points in the Terps’ 11-5 run to close the half.

“The first 20 minutes were great,” said first-year Chaminade coach Matt Mahar. “In the second half they just wore us down. They’re big, athletic, strong and that just caught up with us at the end.”

The defeat gave the Silverswords, who lost 89-67 to No. 12 Michigan State in the first round, a 4-59 record in the tournament. Their last win was over an undermanned Villanova team in the first round in 2003.

This was the second meeting between the schools. Maryland beat Chaminade 95-67 in the opening round of the 1994 Maui Invitational.

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