McCray leads No. 23 Maryland to lopsided win over Colonels
College Park, MD (Sports Network) – Chris McCray scored 20 points as the 23rd-
ranked Maryland Terrapins demolished the Nicholls State Colonels, 88-56, at
the Comcast Center.
Nik Caner-Medley added 16 points for Maryland (4-1), which has won four
straight games after suffering an opening-round loss to nationally-ranked
Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational.
Ekene Ibekwe contributed 15 points and grabbed six rebounds, while D.J.
Strawberry scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting and also dished out a game-high
12 assists in the win.
Stefan Blaszcynski netted 20 points and added nine rebounds for Nicholls
State (1-4), which failed to follow up its win on Friday against Maryland-
In the first-ever meeting between the teams, Maryland was dominant from the
onset and shot 47.4 percent from the field.
The Terps opened the game with an 18-7 run as Ibekwe was a force inside,
scoring six points in the paint. They increased the gap to 27-13 with around
11 minutes to play as Caner- Medley scored seven straight points in under two
minutes of action.
Nicholls State got within 10 points with 4:05 remaining in the first half
as Kevin Goffney sunk a free throw making the score 35-25. Blaszczynski then
hit a three-pointer with four seconds left in the half to cut the halftime
deficit to 39-30.
Maryland hit 17-of-35 from the floor in the opening half and had 18 rebounds.
Nicholls State committed 11 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
The Terrapins opened the second half by ripping off a 16-0 spurt with Ibekwe
scoring nine of the points during the stretch to give them a 55-30 advantage.
Maryland grabbed a 29-point lead at 70-41 after McCray drained a three-
pointer with 11:45 to play and the Terps eventually outscored the Colonels
49-26 in the second half.
Maryland outrebounded Nicholls State, 47-30…Ryan Bathie scored 12 points in
defeat…Coming into the game, Nicholls State was allowing their opponents to
score a robust 91.2 ppg on 50.5 percent shooting from the floor…The Terps
entered the game averaging an impressive 90.0 ppg behind 49.2 percent shooting
from the field and 42.6 percent from three-point range.