ATLANTA -- The formula goes something like this for the Maryland Terrapins: Get out fast to a big first-half lead, survive some frantic moments in a shaky second half and have all five starters score in double figures to pull out another Atlantic Coast Conference victory.
The Terps stuck to their formula yesterday in an 88-86 win over Georgia Tech at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Wednesday, 7 p.m., ESPNU, 1300 AM, 105.7 FM Records: Maryland (14-8, 4-3 ACC); Boston College (12-8, 3-4 ACC)
PLAY IT AGAIN
Landon Milbourne, who moved from the Eastern Shore to the Atlanta suburbs in high school, scored a career-high 16 points, including a thunderous two-hand dunk that was Maryland's final field goal of the game, giving the Terps an 85-76 lead with 3:15 to play.
During a crucial stretch in the second half, Gary Williams had four of his freshmen on the floor because Bambale Osby and James Gist were in foul trouble and Greivis Vasquez was turning the ball over. Adrian Bowie hit a three-pointer to start a 14-5 run, and Braxton Dupree made a free throw after being fouled after an offensive rebound.
GOT THEIR NUMBER
Though Williams said Friday that such streaks are cyclical in the Atlantic Coast Conference and college basketball, yesterday's win was the sixth straight for the Terps over the Yellow Jackets and the second straight on Georgia Tech's home court.
Maryland plays next at Boston College on Wednesday. Williams will be going for his career 600th victory, against a school where he coached from 1982-83 through 1985-86 before moving on to Ohio State. Williams led the Eagles to the NCAA tournament twice, reaching the Sweet 16 both times.