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NIT: Maryland rallies into third round

By wire services
Published March 24, 2005


COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland moved into the NIT quarterfinals for the first time since 1972, getting 12 points and 11 rebounds from Nik Caner-Medley in a 78-63 victory over Davidson on Wednesday night.

Six players scored in double figures for the Terrapins, led by James Gist with 15. Maryland never trailed after using a 16-0 run to pull even at halftime.

Trying to salvage a season in which their 11-year run of NCAA Tournament appearances ended, the Terrapins face Texas Christian this weekend for the right to play in the semifinal round at Madison Square Garden.

Since winning the NIT title 33 years ago, Maryland had tried four times without success to advance past the second round.

Brendan Winters scored 16 and Jason Morton 15 for Davidson, which was seeking to win three games in a postseason for the first time. Before this NIT, the Wildcats hadn't won a postseason game since 1969.

Davidson stunned the impressive crowd of 12,126 by taking a 34-18 lead with 3:56 left in the first half. But the Wildcats missed their next 12 shots and went scoreless until 16:34 was left in the game.

Maryland led 44-38 before Winters scored six in a 12-6 run that tied it at 50 with 12 minutes left. Caner-Medley then hit a 3-pointer and Ekene Ibekwe made a layup to start a 13-4 run that put the Terps up 63-54.

SAINT JOE'S 58, TEXAS A&M 51: Pat Carroll scored 22 and Dwayne Lee 13, including a big 3-pointer with 76 seconds left, to lead the visiting Hawks.

Lee sank a 3 from the corner that gave Saint Joseph's a 51-46 lead, then made two free throws. Carroll added four straight free throws to clinch it.

Saint Joseph's advanced to the semifinals in New York against Memphis on Tuesday night.

Antoine Wright led the Aggies with 21 points in what could have been his final college game. The 6-foot-7 junior will seriously consider an early jump into the NBA draft.

MEMPHIS 81, VANDY 68: Rodney Carney scored 26 and Darius Washington added 23 and seven assists to lift the host Tigers.

Anthony Rice had 11 points and Duane Erwin had 10 and 15 rebounds, putting Memphis into the NIT semifinals for the third time in five years.

Shan Foster led the Commodores with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting, including 6 of 11 3-pointers. Julian Terrell scored 11 for Vanderbilt.

Several times in the second half, Carney got free for 3-pointers and drove against the Vanderbilt trapping press. He made 5 of 6 shots in the half.