SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (Ticker) -- John Gilchrist picked an opportune time for his best game of the season.
Gilchrist had 16 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals as 14th-ranked Maryland trounced No. 24 Memphis, 84-61, in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.
A 6-3 junior guard, Gilchrist is on the watch lists for both the Wooden and Naismith Awards. But he has struggled a bit this season and Terrapins coach Gary Williams has asked him to step up his game - and Gilchrist responded.
Gilchrist made 7-of-14 shots and sparked a key 15-2 burst late in the first half. Gilchrist scored six points in the run, which put Maryland (3-0) on top 31-18 with five minutes to go.
Chris McCray added 16 points and Nik Caner-Medley 15 for the Terrapins, who shot 51 percent in the second half, helping to turn the game into a rout.
"I like the way we came out in the second half," Williams said. "This is the time of year where you are looking for confidence and our defense gave it us."
Rodney Carney had 23 points and eight rebounds and Sean Banks added 12 and 10 for Memphis (4-2).
A free throw by Richard Dorsey with 11:23 left in the opening half knotted the contest, 16-16, but McCray had two free throws 11 seconds later to ignite the decisive run.
Maryland led, 37-29, at the break as Memphis shot 30 percent (10-of-33) from the field, including 2-of-11 from 3-point range.
The Terrapins opened the second half with seven straight points and were ahead, 53-34, with 15:52 to go. The lead was 32 with eight minutes left and Maryland emptied the bench down the stretch.
For the game, the Tigers made just 3-of-20 3-pointers.
Maryland faces Wisconsin on Tuesday as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.