COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- Behind the hot shooting of Nik Caner-Medley, Maryland continued its dominance of Georgia Tech at home.
Caner-Medley scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half and Chris McCray added 15 as Maryland knocked off its second straight ranked opponent with a 79-71 victory over No. 21 Georgia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference tilt.
Coming off a 75-66 upset win at second-ranked Duke on Wednesday, the Terrapins (13-5, 4-3 ACC) shot 45 percent (26-of-58) en route to their 10th victory over the Yellow Jackets in 11 meetings here.
"We won that game with our defense, and we had a pretty good intensity level for 40 minutes," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "We were shaky sometimes offensively, but at the same time, we didn't give Georgia Tech many open looks. They're a very good team, but are just missing a key piece right now."
The Yellow Jackets, who played their seventh straight game without second-leading scorer B.J. Elder (strained left hamstring), shot 35 percent from the floor, missing 16 of their 20 attempts from the arc. The Terrapins have held their last two opponents to 34 percent shooting.
Behind the 13 points by Caner-Medley and 10 from John Gilchrist, Maryland led at the half, 44-34. Georgia Tech rallied with an 8-0 run, closing within 63-60 on a dunk by Mario West with 7:45 remaining.
"We worked very hard to get back in the ball game and we didn't play particular well for much of the game because of that," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "To get it to a three-point game with six minutes to go with as many breakdowns as we had was good."
Travis Garrison came back with a three-point play and Caner-Medley buried a jumper to make it 68-60 with 3:34 left. McCray added eight points in the final 1:56 to seal the Terps' fourth win in their last five games.
"We made a pretty good statement this week, and now we have to continue that," Williams said. "A lot of teams go up and down during the season. I hope this is just the start of things for us, as far as our determination to play well every time out. If we can do that, we've got some guys with experience now who didn't have experience early, we should be able to go pretty deep."
Caner-Medley shot 8-of-19 from the field with three 3-pointers and Garrison chipped in seven points and a career-high 15 rebounds for Maryland, which bested Georgia Tech on the boards, 48-39.
"That was one of my main focuses coming into the game," Garrison said. "I think I only had five rebounds at Duke, so I wanted to do better today. I go out there and do whatever the team needs me to do right now, and today that was rebounding."
Isma'il Muhammad scored 15 points and Jarrett Jack had just nine for the Yellow Jackets (12-6, 3-4), who fell to 3-4 without Elder.
Will Bynum, who chipped in 10 points, combined with Jack and Muhammad to shoot just 23 percent (10-of-43) from the floor, finishing five points below their combined season average of 39.