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Updated: Saturday, March 26, 2005 5:10 PM EST
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Maryland 85, Tcu 73

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- Nik Caner-Medley was determined to get Maryland to New York.

Caner-Medley scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half to lead the Terrapins to an 85-73 victory over Texas Christian in the NIT quarterfinals.

Maryland (19-12) will play South Carolina in the semifinals Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The other semifinal matches Memphis and Saint Joseph's.

Coach Gary Williams guided Maryland to 11 straight NCAA Tournament appearances before this season. The Atlantic Coast Conference power was given three home games in the NIT and beat Oral Roberts, Davidson and TCU by an average margin of 13.3 points.

TCU (21-14) had squeezed out a pair of two-point wins over Miami (Ohio) and Western Michigan and held a 55-51 lead over Maryland with 14 minutes remaining.

But a 3-pointer by Caner-Medley ignited a 16-8 run over the next seven minutes, giving Maryland a 67-63 advantage.

After TCU pulled within 69-68 on a free throw by Aaron Curtis with 5:08 left, Caner-Medley hit a driving shot in the lane and Chris McCray scored on a follow shot with 2:42 left to start a game-ending 16-5 run.

McCray and Mike Jones finished with 18 points apiece for Maryland.

Playing in his final college game, Corey Santee led TCU with 21 points and Nile Murry added 20.

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