- The Washington Times - Friday, October 21, 2005

The Maryland basketball team’s offense looks ready to start a season that still is nearly a month away.

The Terrapins rolled up 179 points in an intrasquad scrimmage yesterday at Comcast Center. Senior guard Chris McCray scored 36 points and was one of eight players to have at least 14 points.

“We have enough talent to put up 100 points a game,” McCray said.

The Terps’ outburst, which came as coach Gary Williams shifted players from team to team, came at the expense of a typically slow-developing defense.

“Defense is always the last thing to come,” said Williams, whose team opens the season Nov. 18 against Fairleigh Dickinson before facing Gonzaga three days later to open the three-day Maui Invitational. “Our transition defense wasn’t very good today, but that’s something if we work hard that will get better. Defense is funny. It gradually gets better.”

The Terps reset the scoreboard after 20 minutes, and they became fatigued in a foul-filled second half. That wasn’t much of a surprise; it was Maryland’s first game-length scrimmage since beginning practice last Friday.

“At this point of the year, you’re obviously going to get a little tired,” said senior forward Nik Caner-Medley, who twisted his knee early but returned to score 23 points in the second half. “It’s still early, and we’ve done a lot of conditioning, but you can’t ever simulate the actual getting up and down. But I think we’re in very good shape for this point in the year.”

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