Terps storm back to trip Gophers
College Park, MD (Sports Network) – Travis Garrison scored 18 points and
grabbed 10 rebounds, as 23rd-ranked Maryland overcame a sluggish start and
pulled away in the second half to earn an 83-66 victory over Minnesota at the
Nik Caner-Medley added 16 points and Mike Jones chipped in 14 for the
Terrapins (5-1), who trailed by as many as 15 early in the contest but rallied
to post their fourth straight win since a loss to Gonzaga in the Maui
D.J. Strawberry fueled the Maryland comeback in the second half and finished
the contest with 14 points, five assists and four steals.
Dan Coleman scored 16 points to lead Minnesota (2-2), which was coming off a
loss to Gardner-Webb on Monday. Adam Boone contributed 13 in defeat, while
J’son Stamper contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Minnesota leading scorer Maurice Hargrow played just nine minutes because of
an ankle injury and scored only two points. He was hurt in Monday’s game and
aggravated the problem during the first half of this contest.
Maryland trailed 23-8 early in the first half and whittled it down to a 42-36
at the break. The Terps then started the second half with an 18-2 run.
A jumper by Strawberry tied the game at 43-43 just 90 seconds into the second
half and he added a three-point play less than a minute later to put Maryland
on top for good.
Garrison followed with a steal and a layup, which sent Minnesota head coach
Dan Monson into a rage. He threw his jacket to the floor in disgust and was
hit with a pair of technical fouls before being ejected.
Chris McCray hit three free throws and a Garrison free throw with 16:26 left
gave Maryland a 54-44 advantage.
Minnesota’s first basket of the second half came on a jumper by Coleman on the
next possession and the Golden Gophers pulled within 56-50 on another bucket
by Coleman with 14:42 to play, but the Terps answered with 13 straight points
to pull away.
The Gophers got only as close as 12 from there.
Minnesota used a 17-2 run to open a 23-8 advantage midway through the opening
half. Coleman and Boone fueled the burst with five points apiece.
The Terps went about seven minutes without a basket until Jones drained a
three-pointer with 9 1/2 minutes remaining in the half. After Boone countered
with a shot from beyond the arc, Maryland scored seven straight points to pull
A three-point play by Caner-Medley with 2:49 left in the half drew the Terps
within 36-32, but Minnesota scored the next five points to again pull away
before Maryland got within 42-36 at the break.
Caner-Medley scored 13 points for Maryland in the opening 20 points, while
Coleman had nine for Minnesota.
The matchup was scheduled as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge…Maryland
leads the all-time series 3-0…Minnesota held a 43-31 edge on the boards and
finished with 20 offensive rebounds…The Golden Gophers committed 22
turnovers to Maryland’s nine.