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Updated: Sunday, December 19, 2004 10:25 PM EST
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(19) Maryland 90, Florida St 88 (ot)

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- After being held relatively quiet in the second half, John Gilchrist came through in the clutch for Maryland.

Gilchrist hit two free throws with 6.6 seconds remaining in overtime to lift No. 19 Maryland to a 90-88 victory over Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Florida State (5-5, 0-1 ACC) rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half, and took an 84-80 lead on a jumper by Alexander Johnson with 3:40 remaining in the extra period. But D.J. Strawberry scored the game's next five points, giving Maryland (6-2, 1-0) the lead on a dunk with just over two minutes to go, 85-84.

"I've always respected D.J. for a lot of things, such as his ability to pick it up when he has to," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "Tonight he just made up his mind that he was going after the ball a couple times and got it converted."

Adam Waleskowski's basket on the other end put the Seminoles back in front, but Mike Jones scored his only points of the game on a 3-pointer with 46 seconds remaining to put the Terrapins ahead, 88-86.

"After every time out, I stretch my legs out to make sure everything is fine," Jones said. "I knew eventually coach was going to put me into the game. I stayed loose so I could go out there and work hard on defense and offense to help us win."

Jason Rich evened the score with a jumper before Gilchrist - last season's ACC Tournament MVP - was fouled by Al Thornton and calmly made both from the line.

"It was a see-saw battle and a tough first ACC win," said Gilchrist, who had 21 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. "I'm just happy to win."

Florida State's hopes ended when Von Wafer's desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out.

"We kind of came out a little slow, but we picked it up and our effort was there," said Waleskowski, who had 23 points and 14 rebounds. "We played it down to the last minute. We just didn't play as smart as we should have. We let this one slip by us."

Gilchrist scored 14 of his 21 in the first half, including a 3-pointer in the waning seconds of the first half to give Maryland a 42-35 lead at the break.

The Terrapins pushed the advantage to 59-46 on a layup by Chris McCray 5 1/2 minutes into the second half.

The Seminoles chipped away and eventually took their first lead of the game, 79-78, on a layup by Waleskowski with 1:40 left in regulation. McCray followed with a pair of free throws before Thornton hit 1-of-2 from the line on the other end to tie the game, 80-80, with 24 seconds on the clock.

Nik Caner-Medley missed a 3-pointer as time expired that would have ended the contest after 40 minutes.

McCray scored 14 points and Strawberry added 11 for Maryland, which had six players score in double figures for the second time this season.

Thornton had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Florida State, which could not overcome its 25 turnovers that led to 21 points for the Terrapins.

"It's amazing that we had a chance to still win the game at the end," Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said. "It's positive in some ways that we were able to make those kind of mistakes on the road and still have a chance to win against a team of this caliber."

Florida State lost its 25th straight conference road game dating back to a 74-71 victory at Maryland on February 14, 2001.


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