Saturday , Mar , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Manhattan has no fear of Terps in NIT

College Park, MD (Sports Network) – Jeff Xavier recorded a game-high 31 points
in leading the Manhattan Jaspers to an 87-84 win over the Maryland Terrapins
in the first round of the NIT from the Comcast Center.

Xavier, who shot 12-of-24 from the field, added eight rebounds and six steals
in the win for the Jaspers (20-10), followed by Jason Wingate who chipped in
21 points. Arturo Dubois tacked on 12 points before fouling out, as did Kenny
Minor who came off the bench to contribute four assists and three steals as

The Terps (19-13) were paced by Travis Garrison who recorded a double-double
with 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, followed by Ekene Ibekwe who also
managed a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards in the setback. Nik
Caner-Medley, who was hit with a technical foul in the first half and
eventually fouled out, was responsible for 16 points, eight rebounds, four
assists and three steals, followed by Mike Jones and D.J. Strawberry with 11
and 10 points, respectively.

Tied at 30-30 with just over six minutes to play in the first half, the
Jaspers used a 17-7 run to close out the frame and take a 47-37 edge into the
break. Manhattan knocked down 7-of-14 shots beyond the arc in the first half,
compared to just 1-of-5 for the Terps.

In the second half the Jaspers lead reached as high as 14 points before
Maryland began chipping away, getting the margin down to three points at the

Maryland won the battle of the boards, 55-35, and outscored the visitors at
the charity stripe, 25-16, but the home team turned the ball over 20 times and
was outscored in the paint, 44-26.

With the win the Jaspers now face off against Old Dominion in the second round
of the tournament on Monday.