Jan. 25, 2006
ATLANTA (AP) – Nik Caner-Medley scored a career-high 33 points and the 18th-ranked Terrapins notched an 86-74 victory over Georgia Tech on Wednesday night.
Gary Williams tied Lefty Driesell as the winningest coach in Maryland history.
The Terrapins (14-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) manhandled the Yellow Jackets, who have their first four-game losing streak since a five-game skid in 2002-03. Things don’t get any easier for Georgia Tech (9-8, 2-4), which plays five of its next seven games on the road.
Nine of Caner-Medley’s points came during a 13-1 spurt that helped the Terrapins pull away before the midway point of the second half.
In fact, Caner-Medley scored the last seven points in the run – hitting a jumper, then a 3-pointer and finally splitting the defense for a lay-in that put Maryland up 63-45 with 11:08 remaining.
Williams now has 348 wins in 17 seasons at Maryland. That ties him with the ol’ left-hander for the most in school history.
Overall, Williams has a record of 555-310.
Caner-Medley surpassed his previous career high of 23 points, which he had done twice – most recently in the Terrapins’ previous game, a victory over Virginia Tech.
He was 8-of-12 from the field, including making both 3-point attempts, and continually got to the foul line with his strong play inside. He made 15 of 16 free throws.
Mike Jones scored 12 points.