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Updated: Wednesday, December 29, 2004 1:02 AM EST
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(23) Maryland 112, Liberty 68

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- John Gilchrist continued his torrid scoring pace in another easy win for No. 23 Maryland.

Gilchrist scored a season-high 28 points and Nik Caner-Medley added 20 as Maryland rolled to a 112-68 victory over Liberty.

The win was the fourth straight for the Terrapins since a stunning loss to George Washington at the BB&T Classic on December 5. Not including a 90-88 overtime win over Florida State on December 19, Maryland (8-2) has won by a margin of 29.7 points in its last three contests.

Gilchrist once again was the main scoring threat, collecting 13 points in the first half and finishing with 20 or more for the fifth consecutive game. Juan Dixon was the last Terrapin to score 20 points in five straight games, accomplishing the feat from February 20-March 8, 2002.

"I told him all great players do things to get the team going, and I thought that happened tonight," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "John got off to a pretty good start in terms of being aggressive. John's a good player and he's got the ability to make everyone else better. That's when he's really good, when he can do that."

Gilchrist made five shots from the arc and went 9-of-17 overall.

Caner-Medley, who made 9-of-12 shots, tied a career high with five steals and Ekene Ibekwe and Travis Garrison both reached double digits in rebounds for Maryland, which held a 61-30 advantage on the glass - including 22 offensive rebounds. Ibekwe also had six blocks.

"Coach emphasized rebounding," Garrison said. "We took it upon ourselves to go out there and get more rebounds. That's what we should be doing. That's what Jamar (Smith) was doing last year, so we have to make up for his loss."

James Gist scored 14 points and Chris McCray chipped in 13 for the Terrapins, who shot 54 percent (45-of-83) from the field.

Larry Blair scored 30 points, including 25 in the second half, on 13-of-21 shooting for Liberty (1-8). Brian Woodson added 14 for the Flames, who absorbed their fifth straight loss.

"Obviously, we're a team that's struggling to find ourselves right now, and we played a team that's a Top 25 team," Liberty coach Randy Dunton said. "You have to give Gilchrist a lot of credit for coming out and establishing himself from the get-go and just never letting down. They wore us down with their athleticism."


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