No. 23 Terps hold off Wake in ACC showdown
College Park, MD (Sports Network) – Mike Jones netted 22 points as the 23rd-
ranked Maryland Terrapins held off the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 90-86, in
Atlantic Coast Conference action at the Comcast Center.
D.J. Strawberry added 18 points with four rebounds and four assists for
Maryland (12-4, 2-2 ACC), which won for the first time in its last three
Nik Caner-Medley donated 17 points and eight rebounds as the Terps improved to
10-0 at home this season.
Justin Gray poured in a game-high 38 points and hit seven shots from beyond
the arc for the Demon Deacons (11-5, 0-3), who have dropped three games in a
row. Harvey Hale chipped in 12 points in defeat.
The Terrapins opened the second half with a 20-8 surge to assume a 61-46
advantage. Chris McCray netted 10 points during the stretch, including a pair
of three-point shots.
With 3:43 to play in the contest and the Demon Deacons looking to get back
into the game, Strawberry drained a three-pointer from the left corner to give
Maryland a 74-63 lead.
Wake Forest would not go away and Gray hit a deep three-pointer with 42
seconds left to pull within 82-77. Caner-Medley hit a free throw on the other
end and Hale responded with a trey off a feed from Gray, making it a three-
point game at 83-80.
Maryland answered, with Strawberry and Caner-Medley each hitting two shots
from the charity stripe down the stretch.
A late three-pointer from Gray with only 2.9 seconds left made it a 88-86
game but the Terps sealed it with two free throws to close things out.
Maryland took a 41-38 lead into halftime, with Jones leading the way with 16
points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.
Gray had a tremendous first half for Wake Forest, netting 21 points on 6-of-8
shooting from the floor. The guard was also 4-of-4 from beyond the arc and 5-
of-5 from the charity stripe after 20 minutes of action.
The Terps played without forward Travis Garrison, who was suspended for the
game for a violation of team rules…Maryland has now won 11 of the last 16
meetings between the schools and holds a 58-54 advantage in the all-time
series…The Terrapins shot 50.8 percent on the night and were 20-of-25 from
the charity stripe…Wake Forest turned the ball over 17 times but held a
45-31 advantage in the rebound department…The Demon Deacons dropped to 2-2
on the road this season…Wake Forest’s Chris Ellis had a double-double with
10 points and 10 rebounds.