Ibekwe leads No. 23 Maryland past Arkansas
Lahaina, HI (Sports Network) – Ekene Ibekwe scored 16 points, grabbed six
rebounds, blocked three shots and sparked a key second-half run to lead 23rd-
ranked Maryland over Arkansas, 75-62, at the Lahaina Civic Center in the Maui
Chris McCray added 15 points and dished out six assists for Maryland (3-1),
which finished the trip with consecutive wins after losing to eighth-ranked
Gonzaga in the opener. The victory also gave the Terps a fifth-place finish
in the eight-team event that featured six programs that have won at least
one NCAA title.
Ronnie Brewer tallied 19 points for the Razorbacks (2-2), who lost two
contests in this three-game event.
Arkansas jumped out to a 20-12 lead just over 11 minutes into the game, but
went cold over the next seven minutes as the Terps used a 15-3 run to take a
27-23 advantage. James Gist’s dunk with just over a minute remaining in the
opening half capped the burst and allowed Maryland to go into the locker room
with a 30-27 lead.
Following a D.J. Strawberry free throw to open the second half scoring,
Arkansas answered with five straight points to go ahead 32-31. The game went
back-and-forth from there until a 19-6 run by the Terps turned a one-point
deficit into a 12-point lead.
Ibekwe had eight points during the run and McCray ended it with a pair of free
throw with just under four minutes remaining for a 64-52 lead.
The Razorback never threatened the rest of the way.
Gist ended with 11 points.
This was just the third meeting all-time between these two schools with
Maryland owning a 2-1 lead. It was the first meeting since 1988…Razorbacks
dropped a 77-68 decision to No. 3 Connecticut in the opener and then beat
Kansas 65-64 on Tuesday…Travis Garrison had 10 points and seven rebounds for
Maryland…Darian Townes had 13 points and Jonathon Modica tallied 11 for