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March 10, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Jordan Williams had 16 points and 13 rebounds to help Maryland hold off NC State 75-67 on Thursday night in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Dino Gregory added 11 points for the seventh-seeded Terrapins (19-13), who snapped a three-game losing streak and led the entire night. Maryland led by 17 points in the first half and never let the 10th-seeded Wolfpack (15-16) get closer than six in the second half, earning a matchup with fifth-ranked Duke in Friday's quarterfinals.
Tracy Smith had 14 points to lead NC State, which had a poor shooting performance. N.C. State shot 34 percent, including 2-for-17 from 3-point range, and couldn't pull off the same kind of magic they had in a pair of deep ACC tournament runs under Lowe.
Maryland didn't have a lot of drama with this one, scoring the first six points and taking a 31-14 lead on James Padgett's tip-in of his own missed shot with 8:51 left in the first half.
The Wolfpack responded from an effort standpoint, closing the gap to six points late in the half and trailing 42-33 at the break. But NC State just never could overcome that bad start, leaving Lowe - who donned the red blazer he traditionally wears for big games - looking for answers on the sideline the rest of the night.
Maryland pushed its lead to 16 with about 6 minutes left before N.C. State made its final push, twice getting as close as six points in the final minute. But Maryland's Pe'Shon Howard and Terrell Stoglin each went 2-for-2 at the line in the last 45 seconds to seal it.