WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- George Mason ran into an angry Maryland team.
Nik Caner-Medley and Chris McCray each scored 20 points as the 12th-ranked Terrapins routed the cold-shooting Patriots, 78-54, in the first round of the BB&T Classic.
Coming off Tuesday's 69-64 loss at Wisconsin in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Maryland (4-1) buried the Patriots early, holding them to just 15 percent shooting in the first half.
George Mason, which had no starter over 6-7, made only 4-of-27 shots in a disastrous opening half and trailed, 38-15, at the break. The Terrapins used a 16-2 burst to open an 18-2 lead on John Gilchrist's 3-pointer with 14:39 remaining.
"Our players came out today with a good intensity level and got us off to a good start," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "John Gilchrist did a great job along with Nik Caner-Medley."
Caner-Medley (7-of-9) and McCray (6-of-9) were a combined 13-of-18 from the field. Gilchrist added nine points and nine rebounds for the Terrapins, who shot 51 percent (28-of-55) overall.
Caner-Medley rebounded after being held to seven points at Wisconsin on 2-of-9 shooting. He scored 11 of Maryland's first 18 points, including nine in the early spurt.
George Mason made just three of its first 19 shots and turned the ball over six times in the first nine minutes and trailed, 24-6.
"They're a 3-point shooting style of team, so we had to get up on their shooters and I think we did a good job of that," Williams added.
It did not get any better for the Patriots, who made only one of their first 11 shots to open the second half. Maryland built a 67-29 lead before George Mason put together an 11-1 run. The Patriots hit three straight 3-pointers during the spurt after missing their first 16 shots from beyond the arc.
George Mason coach Jim Larranaga admitted the Patriots were intimidated from the start.
"They were good and we were bad right from the opening tap," he said. "It seemed like Maryland was the car and we were the deer. When the headlights went on, we froze. And to be honest, at this stage of the season it's probably a good lesson for us."
Jai Lewis recorded 12 points and 13 rebounds for George Mason, which finished at 25 percent (14-of-57) from the field. The Patriots dropped to 0-7 all-time against Maryland.
"Maryland certainly showed why it's nationally ranked," Larranaga added. "They're able to use their athletic ability extremely well in the open court."
The Terrapins, who are seeking their fifth title in this tournament, will face George Washington in Sunday's championship game. The Colonials upset No. 9 Michigan State, 96-83, in the other semifinal.