Maryland 89, Carleton University 60
There were moments of concern early in the second half, when Maryland wasn't displaying much intensity against a team from Canada that had lost to Old Dominion by 49 points last week. Terps Coach Gary Williams would soon see the energy boost, but no one in Comcast Center quite expected what would come next.
There are slam dunks, and then there is what James Gist converted yesterday off a pass from Chris McCray. Gist, a lean, 6-foot-8 Maryland freshman, threw down a resounding two-handed dunk, nearly jumping over Carleton University's Shelden Stewart, who also fouled Gist.
"That," McCray said, "was one of the craziest dunks I have ever seen in my life."
Teammates embraced Gist. John Gilchrist repeatedly jumped with exuberance. And the announced crowd of 17,950 awakened and remained raucous for the final 14 minutes of Maryland's 89-60 victory.
"Certain field goals mean more than just two points," Williams said. "That was probably one of them."
Gist made all six of his second-half shots, including an open-court dunk and an alley-oop dunk off a pass from D.J. Strawberry. "I was glad to see he only had two rebounds because I can get on him for something," Williams said.
For the most part, the starters were sluggish. Gilchrist made 1 of 3 shots and tossed a water bottle early in the second half while sitting on the bench. He later said he showed emotion only to motivate his team.
Nik Caner-Medley made 2 of 11 shots, one of which was a dunk. McCray, however, looked sharp, scoring a team-high 17 points and recording five steals.
Maryland's second-half performance showed that, at least for now, the gap between the four returning starters and the reserves, namely Gist, Strawberry and Mike Jones, is not as wide as anticipated. The No. 15 Terps will open the season on Friday against Jackson State.
* MEMPHIS 75, GEORGE MASON 58: Sean Banks had 20 points and 11 rebounds to help the No. 24 Tigers, at home, in the second round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Jai Lewis led the Patriots with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Lamar Butler added 13 points.