Terps spoil No. 6 Boston College’s ACC debut
College Park, MD (Sports Network) – Ekene Ibekwe poured in 21 points and
grabbed nine rebounds as the 21st-ranked Maryland Terrapins earned a 73-71
victory over No. 6 Boston College at the Comcast Center in the Eagles’ first-
ever league game as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Chris McCray chipped in 16 points and dished out five assists for Maryland
(7-2, 1-0 ACC), which has won two straight. Nik Caner-Medley and Mike Jones
each scored nine points in the victory.
Craig Smith led Boston College (6-2, 0-1) with 23 points and 12 rebounds, his
32nd career double-double. The Eagles have lost two straight after opening
the season by winning their first six games.
Sean Marshall added 15 points in defeat.
With the game tied at 24-24 in the first half, the Terrapins rolled off a 6-0
spurt to take the lead with 7:14 remaining. Caner-Medley netted four points
during the stretch.
Maryland headed into the break up 35-33, with Ibekwe leading the way with 15
points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor.
The Terps continued to run in front in the second half and with 12:15 to play,
Travis Garrison hit a jumper to give Maryland a 47-44 advantage. Garrison
finished the game with eight points.
With around 2:20 to go in the game, Ibekwe missed two free throws with his
team leading 65-64.
On the next possession, Ibekwe redeemed himself with a steal and led a fast
break where he dished the ball up court to McCray, who laid in two points and
hit a free-throw after being fouled for a 68-64 Maryland lead with 1:49 to go.
Down 73-68 late in the game, the Eagles’ Tyrese Rice drained a three-pointer
with 2.2 seconds remaining. On the following inbounds play, Caner-Medley
threw the ball away, giving Boston College one last chance.
However, Marshall’s inbounds pass missed a teammate and time expired to give
Maryland the upset win.
Maryland is now 5-0 at home…The Terrapins own a 4-1 edge in the all-time
series with Boston College. This was first meeting in 15 years…The Terps
shot 49.1 percent from the field in the game while the Eagles shot 52.5
percent…Maryland was 19-of-29 from the charity stripe, while Boston College
was only 5-of-15.