COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- The efforts of Nik Caner-Medley and Jamar Smith for No. 24 Maryland were complemented by some Strawberry jam.
Caner-Medley scored 23 points and Smith added 19 and 13 rebounds - all career highs - and freshman D.J. Strawberry had a pair of dunks as the Terrapins posted a 79-64 triumph over area rival George Mason.
Maryland (2-0) took control with eight straight points, including Smith's layup that made it 51-47 with 14:22 remaining. Strawberry, the son of former baseball star Darryl Strawberry, was inserted shortly thereafter and converted a layup for a 57-50 lead.
"It was a tough time for us because we don't have the experience in coming back in a lot of games," Terrapins coach Gary Williams said. "We had to dig down and we did a good job. I'm real impressed with our players."
Strawberry had a steal and resounding dunk for a 62-54 advantage with 10:15 remaining. The Terrapins came up with another steal 13 seconds later and Caner-Medley fed Strawberry for a layup and a 10-point cushion.
Strawberry, who scored all nine of his points in the second half, added a two-handed jam with 3:19 to go for a 73-58 cushion.
"I needed to play with energy every time I get on the floor," Strawberry said. "In the second half, I just had to bring everything I had."
George Mason (1-1) fell to 0-6 all-time against Maryland in the first meeting between the schools since the first round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament. The Terrapins won that contest, 83-80, en route to their first Final Four appearance.
Caner-Medley made 10-of-16 shots and Smith was 9-of-19, grabbed seven offensive boards and notched his second straight double-double.
"We had two good games to start," Smith said. "We have to keep it going. You have to be ready, because other teams are going to come after us since we have 'Maryland' on our shirts."
The Patriots used a 15-2 run bridging both halves to seize a 47-43 advantage with 17:23 to go on Raoul Heinen's layup. Mark Davis, who had 15 points, and Lamar Butler keyed the burst with 3-pointers.
Maryland answered by going to Smith, who frustrated George Mason with his relentless effort. After one of Strawberry's transition baskets, Davis shoved Smith in the back and the two two players were involved in a skirmish. Davis and Maryland guard Chris McCray, who stepped in to defend Smith, were assessed technicals.
"It was a tough battle when the rebounds came off, they pushed me in the back a little bit," said Patriots forward Jai Lewis, who scored 17 points. "That's part of ACC basketball. You definitely have to get tough as you move up the ranks."
Williams gave junior guard Andre Collins his first start in place of John Gilchrist, who struggled in the opener. Gilchrist responded with 11 points and four assists and played most of the second half.
George Mason committed 10 of its 16 turnovers after halftime and Maryland scored a total of 20 points off the miscues. Patriots guard Terry Reynolds, who scored 10 points, was held scoreless in the second half with four turnovers.