LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -- It took Maryland an entire half to get
going, but then the Terrapins really cruised.
Chris McCray scored 17 points -- nine in a 23-0 run in the second
half -- to lead No. 23 Maryland to a 98-69 victory over Chaminade on
Tuesday in the consolation round of the EA Sports Maui
Invitational.The Terrapins (2-1), who lost 88-76 to No. 8 Gonzaga in the
opening round, will play Arkansas for fifth place on Wednesday. The
Razorbacks beat Kansas 65-64.Chaminade (0-2), the Division II host school of the eight-team
tournament, brought back memories of its famed win over another
Atlantic Coast Conference school in taking an 11-point lead in the
first half. The Silverswords, then an NAIA school, stunned No. 1
Virginia and Ralph Sampson in December 1982.Maryland ended any thoughts of an upset with the big second-half
run that gave the Terrapins a 74-52 lead with 12:03 to play."They did a great job in coming at us and we finally did a good
job of getting back, getting matched up and from that point on we
pretty much took control of the game," Maryland coach Gary
Williams said. "But until we did that, the game could have gone
either way, obviously."McCray hit a jumper to start the run that was fueled by
Maryland's defense as Chaminade had trouble handling pressure and
the Terrapins' size advantage inside.Two free throws by Zach Whiting had given Chaminade a 52-51 lead
with 17:13 to play. The Silverswords then missed five shots and
committed six turnovers before Corey Campbell broke the drought
with a 3-pointer with 11:41 left.Maryland went on to lead by as many as 32 points, 96-64 with
3:49 to play.Terrapins point guard D.J. Strawberry said the first-half
defense gave Chaminade the chance to go up early."We weren't getting back on defense," he said. "In the second
half we did a great job in transition defense."James Gist and Nik Caner-Medley added 16 points apiece for
Maryland, while Travis Garrison had 13 and Ekene Ibekwe 12."Hopefully we can build from the second half," Williams said.
"We did a lot of good things in the second half."Chris Reaves had 13 points for the Silverswords, and Campbell
and Marko Kolaric 11 each. Whiting had eight points, 14 assists and
nine turnovers. The 14 assists were one off the tournament record
set by Brandon Granville of Southern California against Memphis in
1999.Chaminade shot 51.6 percent in taking a 46-44 halftime lead. The
Silverswords led 38-27 with 4:17 left in the half and were still up
41-33 with 3:09 to play.But Garrison had four points in the Terrapins' 11-5 run to close
the half."The first 20 minutes were great," said first-year Chaminade
coach Matt Mahar. "In the second half they just wore us down.
They're big, athletic, strong and that just caught up with us at
the end."The defeat gave the Silverswords, who lost 89-67 to No. 12
Michigan State in the first round, a 4-59 record in the tournament.
Their last win was over an undermanned Villanova team in the first
round in 2003.This was the second meeting between the schools. Maryland beat
Chaminade 95-67 in the opening round of the 1994 Maui Invitational.