Thursday , Mar , 15 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Terps pull out first-round win over Davidson

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) – Mike Jones netted 17 points as Maryland escaped
with an 82-70 victory over Davidson in first round Midwest Region action of
the NCAA Tournament at HSBC Arena.

D.J. Strawberry added 12 points and eight rebounds for the fourth-seeded
Terrapins (25-8), who made their way back into the NCAA Tournament after a
two-year hiatus.

James Gist also had 12 points and eight boards while Ekene Ibekwe contributed
11 points and 10 rebounds for Maryland, which now moves on to the second
round this weekend to tangle with the winner of the Old Dominion/Butler
contest later today.

Stephen Curry poured in a game-high 30 points for the 13th-seeded Wildcats
(29-5), who ran over Chattanooga, Furman and the College of Charleston to win
their ninth Southern Conference Tournament title back on March 3 to advance to
the Big Dance.

Jason Richards was Davidson’s only other scorer in double figures with 11

Down one point at the break, the Wildcats opened the second half on a 9-0 run
to take a 52-44 lead. Curry started things with a three-pointer and followed
with a layup off a fast break.

The Terrapins battled back and used an 8-0 surge to even the score at 52-52
about six minutes into the second half.

Things went back and forth until Maryland went up four points at 67-63 after
Gist scored inside the paint and Strawberry followed with a shot from beyond
the arc with about eight minutes remaining.

The Terps’ lead went to five points at 71-66 with a layup by Ibekwe with just
under six minutes to play.

Davidson cut the deficit to three points but Maryland answered and increased
its lead to 75-68 after Ibekwe hit a free throw and Jones nailed a trey off
the right wing with two minutes remaining.

The Wildcats managed only to get within five points the rest of the way as
Maryland hit its free throws down the stretch to wrap up the victory.

Trailing by two points, Parrish Brown hit a wide open three-pointer from the
left corner to push the Terrapins in front, 44-43 at halftime.

Maryland shot a sizzling 50 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes
and were paced by Jones’ 10 points.

Davidson managed to hang with the Terps in the first half behind 18 points
on 5-of-9 shooting from the field by Curry. The Wildcats also drained seven
three-pointers in the half.

Game Notes

Maryland has won eight of the last 11 meetings against Davidson…The
Terrapins shot 46 percent from the field and outrebounded the Wildcats,
54-35…Davidson dropped to 5-10 all time in the tournament…The Wildcats
finished 10-of-37 from beyond the arc.