Maryland beats BC in Eagles' ACC debut

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland welcomed No. 6 Boston College
to the Atlantic Coast Conference with a slap in the face.

Ekene Ibekwe scored 21 points, Chris McCray had 16, and the
21st-ranked Terrapins ruined the Eagles' ACC debut with a 73-71
victory Sunday night.

Craig Smith had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Sean Marshall
scored 15 for the Eagles (6-2), who lost to a Top 25 team for the
second time in six days. The defeat came on the heels of a loss to
No. 14 Michigan State on Tuesday night.

Boston College went 5-for-15 at the line, compared to a
19-for-29 performance by the Terrapins (7-2, 1-0).

The Eagles trailed 73-68 before Tyrese Rice hit a 3-pointer with
2.2 seconds left. After Maryland threw the inbounds pass away,
Boston College did the same thing. As the final buzzer sounded,
several hundred fans stormed the court to celebrate.

A 5-0 spurt put Maryland up 65-62 with 3:56 left. After Rice
made a layup for Boston College, Ibekwe missed two free throws with
2:21 to go.

D.J. Strawberry stole the ball on the other end, and McCray made
a three-point play for a 68-64 lead. Then, after Smith made one of
two foul shots, a Maryland basket was wiped out by an offensive
goaltending call.

Smith then fouled out when called for a charge, and a reverse
layup by Nik Caner-Medley put Maryland up 70-65 with 43 seconds

The Terrapins held on -- but barely.

Maryland led by three points on four occasions during the first
8 minutes of the second half, but the Eagles kept coming back.
Then, after BC's Akida McLain missed an easy layup, James Gist made
two foul shots to put the Terrapins ahead 49-45 with 11:05 to go.

Marshall followed with a 3-pointer, Smith made a baseline jumper
and Marshall sank one of two foul shots to give BC a 51-49 lead.

There were three ties and five lead changes the rest of the way.

Boston College went 16-for-28 from the floor in the first half,
but Ibekwe had 15 points and five rebounds to stake Maryland to a
35-33 lead.

Ibekwe scored 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting to put the Terrapins
up 13-8 with 6 minutes elapsed. All his baskets were layups, the
result of Maryland's effort to assert itself inside from the

Boston College then packed the lane, and McCray hit a 3-pointer
before Ibekwe drove the lane for a layup to make it 24-18. The
Eagles answered with a 6-0 run, but a baseline jumper by McCray and
two straight baskets by Caner-Medley restored the six-point margin.

Maryland then missed five straight shots, and Boston College
used a 9-1 run to take its first lead since 2-0.