Maryland hands 17th-ranked Clemson its first loss
College Park, MD (Sports Network) – And then there were none, as Ekene Ibekwe
tallied 20 points with 10 rebounds and D.J. Strawberry added 14 points in
Maryland’s 92-87 victory over previously unbeaten 17th-ranked Clemson at
the Comcast Center.
Clemson was the last undefeated team in college basketball, matching its best
start and longest winning streak in school history.
That all ended against Ibekwe and the Terrapins (15-3, 0-2 ACC), who responded
from a loss on Wednesday to Miami-Florida. James Gist totaled 12 points and
five rebounds, while Greivis Vasquez and Mike Jones contributed 10 points
James Mayes led all scorers with 22 points and K.C. Rivers added 18 points for
the Tigers (17-1, 3-1 ACC), who never got closer than the final margin in the
Vernon Hamilton scored 15 points and Trevor Booker donated 14 points in the
Each time the Tigers drew near in the second half, Maryland answered with a
bucket or two.
Hamilton’s jumper cut the deficit to 64-59 with 13:31 left in the game, but a
pair of free throws by Bambale Osby and a Strawberry jumper extended the edge
back to 68-59.
Cliff Hammonds’ three again brought the Tigers within five points, 76-71, with
8:14 to play. However, an Ibekwe jumper moments later put the Terrapins ahead
Strawberry’s two free throws with 2:53 left increased the advantage to double
digits, 86-75, and the Terrapins held on from there.
A high-octane, back-and-forth opening 20 minutes ended with Maryland holding a
Maryland shot 63 percent on the game, while Clemson shot 49 percent from the
floor…The Terrapins committed 20 turnovers…Hammonds had 11 points on 5-
of-11 shooting…Maryland snapped Clemson’s four-game winning streak in the