A surprising ACC title

March 14, 2004: After finishing the regular season with a 7-9 record in the ACC, the Terps were on the bubble to make NCAA tournament. A day after helping his team come back from a 19-point deficit against North Carolina State in the semifinals, sophomore guard John Gilchrist led Maryland to a 95-87 overtime win over No. 5 Duke. Gilchrist scored 72 points in the three-game sweep through the tournament, including a 3-point play to force overtime against the Blue Devils. With starters Chris McCray and Nik Caner-Medley fouling out in regulation, highly-touted freshman Mike Jones and little-used junior Mike Grinnon each played a huge role in overtime. Jones, who hit a big 3-pointer late in regulation, made four free throws in overtime and forced a turnover. Grinnon, who had played a total of three minutes in ACC games, played the entire overtime and forced Duke star J.J. Redick to miss a couple of shots while hitting a pair of free throws with 50.4 seconds left. "Coach always tells you to be ready," Grinnon said.
Doug Kaputsin, Baltimore Sun
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