Jan. 30, 2011
ATLANTA (AP) – Jordan Williams made a strong return to his double-double form to lead Maryland’s relentless inside attack and the Terrapins beat Georgia Tech 74-63 on Sunday night.
Williams had 21 points and 15 rebounds for Maryland (14-7, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Terrapins improved to 3-1 in road conference games and have won three straight overall.
Williams’ string of 13 straight double-doubles ended when he was held to four points and six rebounds in the Terrapins’ 66-42 win at Virginia on Thursday night.
Williams, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, needed only a little more than 2 minutes against Georgia Tech (10-10, 3-4) to top his scoring total against Virginia. He scored Maryland’s first three baskets.
Glen Rice Jr. led Georgia Tech with 16 points. Iman Shumpert, coming off his first career triple-double, had 12 points.
With Williams the focus, Maryland looked inside on almost every possession. The Terrapins led 35-34 at halftime with all of their points coming in the paint or at the free-throw line.
Georgia Tech stayed close by making five 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes.
Maryland stretched its lead to 13 points at 61-48 on a jam by Williams midway through the second half. Georgia Tech answered with a 13-4 run to cut the lead to 65-61.
After Terrell Stoglin made two free throws for Maryland, the Terrapins forced a turnover with their full-court press. After an exchange of possessions, Williams scored – under the basket, of course – to push Maryland’s lead to 69-61 with 2:12 remaining.
Georgia Tech didn’t challenge again.
Sean Mosley had 16 points and Stoglin added 13 for Maryland.
Brian Oliver, who had 28 points in Georgia Tech’s 72-57 win over Virginia Tech on Tuesday night, was held out with flulike symptoms. The Yellow Jackets also were without freshman backup center Nate Hicks, who is expected to miss at least two weeks after an appendectomy on Thursday.