COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Nik Caner-Medley scored 18 points, and
Maryland used a solid performance at the foul line to rally past
Miami 65-61 Wednesday night.
The Terrapins made only nine baskets in the second half but went
16-for-20 at the foul line and finished 23-for-28. Miami, in
contrast, made only eight free throws in 13 attempts.
Mike Jones made all six of his foul shots and scored 15 points,
and Ekene Ibekwe had nine points and 11 rebounds for Maryland
(17-11, 7-8 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Terrapins trailed by
seven late in the second half before storming back for their third
win in 10 games.
After Caner-Medley made two free throws to tie it at 57 with
3:09 left, neither team scored again until Maryland's James Gist
hit a fadeaway jumper in the lane with 50 seconds remaining.
Anthony Harris then made one of two free throws for Miami, and the
Hurricanes sent Sterling Ledbetter to the line with 28 seconds to
Ledbetter made the first and missed the second, but Miami
couldn't control the rebound. D.J. Strawberry sank a free throw to
put Maryland up by three, and Diaz had a 3-point try deflected
before Ibekwe made the second of two free throws for a 62-58 lead
with 13.9 seconds to go.
Hite followed with a 3-pointer, and after Ledbetter made two
foul shots with 5.9 seconds left, Diaz was fouled before he had a
chance to tie it. He missed both free throws, the second
intentionally, but the Hurricanes couldn't get the rebound.
After blowing most of an early 12-point lead, the Terrapins used
two free throws by Jones and a driving layup by Caner-Medley to go
up 38-33 with 16:45 left. Hite then hit a 3-pointer and a layup to
tie the game for the first time since it was 4-all.
Minutes later, Harris made a 3-pointer to give the Hurricanes
their first lead, and Hite added a 15-foot jumper and an alley-oop
dunk to cap a 13-2 run that made it 46-40.
It was 53-46 before Maryland used an 11-4 run to draw even.
The Terrapins never trailed in the first half and reached the
break with a 30-29 lead.
Maryland coach Gary Williams started the squad's three seniors
in their final regular season home game, and each contributed in
the opening eight minutes. Caner-Medley scored 11 points on 4-for-4
shooting, and Travis Garrison and Ledbetter both had baskets to
stake Maryland to a 21-13 lead.
The Hurricanes, meanwhile, went nearly seven minutes without
scoring and trailed 25-13 before Gary Hamilton made a follow-shot,
ending a run of seven straight missed field-goal tries. That
started an 11-0 spurt that included a 3-pointer and a 15-foot
jumper by Diaz.
After going 8-for-9 from the field at the outset, Maryland
missed 16 of its next 18 shots.