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Final

Virginia Tech 72

(10-8, 0-5 ACC)

(22) Maryland 81

(13-4, 3-2 ACC)

    8:00 PM ET, January 21, 2006

    Comcast Center, College Park, Maryland

    1 2 T
    VT 38 3472
    #22MD 37 4481

    Top Performers

    Virginia Tech: Z. Dowdell 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

    Maryland: N. Caner-Medley 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    No. 22 Maryland rolls behind 22 points from Caner-Medley

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- For 20 minutes, Maryland found itself in a duel with a Virginia Tech team looking for its first win in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

    In the second half, the Terrapins revved up their fast break and started getting the ball to versatile forward Nik Caner-Medley. The result was an uplifting victory that kept No. 22 Maryland unbeaten at home.

    Caner-Medley scored a season-high 23 points, Chris McCray had 21, and the Terrapins handed the Hokies their fourth straight loss, 81-72 Saturday night.

    Maryland led 45-44 early in the second half when Caner-Medley hit a tough inside jumper and James Gist added a follow dunk to spark an 8-2 spurt that gave the Terrapins a seven-point lead with 14:44 left.

    After Zabian Dowdell hit a 3-pointer for Virginia Tech, Caner-Medley made a layup and a jumper from the corner to give Maryland an eight-point cushion. Minutes later, a three-point play by Caner-Medley made it 64-51, and the Terrapins coasted to the finish.

    "We did a great job of getting everybody involved in the second half," Caner-Medley said. "I was just trying to get the ball to the basket, and my teammates did a great job of finding me."

    Gist (11 points) and Ekene Ibekwe (10) also reached double figures for the Terrapins (13-4, 3-2), who have won 14 straight at home -- including 11 this season.

    "I love this team. Once we turn on the second gear we're off to the races," McCray said. "We can play with anybody in the country. It's up to us to go out on the court and just do it."

    Dowdell scored 21 -- becoming the 35th player in Virginia Tech history to top the 1,000-point mark for his career -- and Coleman Collins added 18. But it wasn't enough to prevent the Hokies from losing for the eighth time in nine games in the lopsided series that stands 25-5 in favor of the Terrapins.

    Caner-Medley was the difference.

    "He's a very versatile player. He can post you up, he's very strong, and he can shoot the ball," Dowdell said. "He's very hard to guard."

    Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg added, "We really had a tough time matching up against Nik Caner-Medley. He played with great intensity and he was tougher than us, especially in the second half."

    Virginia Tech (10-8, 0-5) remains the lone winless team in the ACC. The Hokies dropped their first four conference games by a total of 16 points.

    In this one, they managed to get to 70-64, but two free throws by Caner-Medley with 1:18 left silenced the comeback.

    "It definitely tests your character," Dowdell said. "A lot of guys would just throw in the towel, but this team is resilient. We're going to go to practice every day and work hard, and I know good things will happen for this team."

    It was the 142nd ACC victory for Maryland coach Gary Williams, tying him with Frank McGuire for third place on the career list. North Carolina's Dean Smith had 364 and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is at 255.

    Williams also earned his 347th win at Maryland, one short of the school record held by Lefty Driesell.

    Virginia Tech led 38-37 after a first half that featured 11 lead changes and five ties.

    Collins scored Tech's first 12 points, and Maryland missed nine of its first 12 shots in falling behind 12-7. It was 14-11 before a follow-dunk by Ibekwe, a jumper by McCray and another dunk by Ibekwe keyed an 8-0 run that put the Terrapins up 19-14.

    After the Hokies got even at 24, neither team led by more than two points the remainder of the half.

    The second half, though, was a different story.

    "A lot of times in a close game, it's only four or five minutes that are different," Williams said. "You have to pick your stretch and run it as long as you can. We got it out to 13 and it was enough to win the game."

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    VT
    MD
    Points 72 81
    FG Made-Attempted 29-64 (.453) 29-61 (.475)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-13 (.154) 3-10 (.300)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-16 (.750) 20-28 (.714)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 13

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