Sunday , Jan , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Caner-Medley helps Terps overcome Hokies

=== Caner-Medley helps Terps overcome Hokies ===

College Park, MD (Sports Network) – Nik Caner-Medley scored a game-high 23
points and Chris McCray added 21, leading 22nd-ranked Maryland to an 81-72 win
over Virginia Tech.

Caner-Medley pulled down eight rebounds, while James Gist scored 11 points for
the Terps (13-4, 3-2 ACC), who have won two straight and eight of their last
10 games.

“We knew this game was going to be close. Virginia Tech had played that way
their first four games,” Maryland head coach Gary Williams said. “We had to be
tough. We weren’t really sharp, but I was proud of the way the team came out
at halftime. We played pretty well once we got going.”

Zabian Dowdell led Virginia Tech (10-8, 0-5) with 21 points. Coleman Collins
netted 18 points in the loss, the Hokies’ fourth in a row.

A 6-0 run by the Terps staked Maryland to a 19-14 lead midway through the
first half. Virginia Tech eventually took back the lead at 29-28 and carried a
38-37 edge into halftime.

Maryland scored the first six points of the second half for a 43-38
advantage and Caner-Medley’s three-point play later pushed the margin to 64-51
with less than nine minutes to go in the game.

“You have to give credit to my teammates because they got me the ball in
position to score,” Caner-Medley said. “When I get the ball inside against
smaller guys, as long as I stay on balance and take good shots, it’s something
we can do consistently. My teammates got the ball inside to me when we had

The Hokies, though, trimmed the lead to single digits at 64-55 minutes later
on a Chris Tucker basket.

Maryland then held on for the win — its eighth in nine tries versus Virginia
Tech. The Terps now lead the all-time series with the Hokies, 25-5.

“Maryland is a good team. We really had a hard time matching up against Nik
Caner-Medley,” Hokies head coach Seth Greenberg said. “He played with great
intensity and he was tougher than us, especially in the second half. In the
flex offense got it low or high, and he caught it where he wanted to catch it.
I thought they were more patient in their half court, getting to the back side
of the offense.”

Game Notes

Ekene Ibekwe had 10 points for the Terps…Maryland had a 42-30 edge on the
boards…Dowdell eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in his career at V-Tech.