COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- Nik Caner-Medley and Maryland are heading into Atlantic Coast Conference play with some momentum.
Caner-Medley scored 19 points as the 25th-ranked Terrapins celebrated their return to the rankings with an 85-58 victory over North Carolina-Greensboro.
Maryland (7-2) fell out of the top 25 after losing a pair of games in the BB&T Classic earlier this month. The Terrapins upset then-No. 1 Florida on the road and extended their winning streak to three games, a day after being installed as the nation's 25th-ranked team.
The Terrapins are set to return to the Sunshine State for Sunday's Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Florida State. They avoided the temptation of looking ahead ahead by placing four players in double figures and never were threatened.
"We are getting better, and it will be good to practice now," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "We will hopefully have good practices leading up to Florida State and see what we can do down there."
Williams improved to 100-2 in non-conference home games. The Terrapins are 6-0 at home this season.
Caner-Medley's layup sparked a 9-0 run that gave Maryland a 25-15 advantage just past the midway point of the first half. Chris McCray, who scored 11 points, netted six in a 17-2 tear that created a 63-40 bulge with 12:10 to go.
Jamar Smith, who has seven double-doubles this season, had just six points and eight rebounds. The Terrapins got their offense from other sources as freshman Ekene Ibekwe netted a season-high 13 points and Travis Garrison added 10.
"There are going to be games when they don't get much playing time, but you have to have those guys ready for when we start playing two games a week," Williams said. "Hopefully, this helped them tonight."
North Carolina-Greensboro (4-6), playing the third game of a five-game road trip, shot just under 36 percent (23-of-64). The Spartans lost their second straight at a ranked for after Sunday's 106-96 setback at Missouri.
"I think (traveling) has taken a toll on our team, but on the other hand if you don't get revved up to play in this environment you better check your pulse," Spartans coach Fran McCaffery said. "What a great building, where you are playing against a team that won the national championship two years ago."
Jay Joseph and Ronnie Burrell each scored 16 points for the Spartans, who have lost four straight.