Houston vs Maryland

Freshman Williams steps up to fuel Maryland past Houston

CBSSports.com wire reports

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Jordan Williams picked a good time to break out of his recent slump.

The freshman forward set career highs with 21 points and 17 rebounds, and Maryland beat Houston 89-77 in the first round of the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional on Friday night.

Williams, held to seven points in each of his past two games, carried the fourth-seeded Terrapins (24-8) into Sunday's second-round game against fifth-seeded Michigan State (25-8), a 70-67 winner over New Mexico State.

Greivis Vasquez, the ACC player of the year, said Maryland's plan was to go to Williams, his roommate.

"That was the game plan -- inside out," Vasquez said. "He's only a freshman. In two, three years, he's going to be GOOD."

Williams was pretty good Friday night, shooting 9 of 14 from the field and adding a blocked shot. Landon Milbourne scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Vasquez had just four points in the first half, but finished with 16 on 5-of-13 shooting. He added seven rebounds and six assists.

Aubrey Coleman, the nation's leading scorer, had 26 points for 13th-seeded Houston (19-16). The senior averaged 25.6 points per game this season. Kelvin Lewis added 24 for Houston, 17 in the second half.

Coleman was held to 10 points in the second half and went 11 minutes without scoring.

"In the second half we just tried to slow him up a little bit, try not to let him penetrate as much," Maryland's Sean Mosley said. "He was getting into the lane too easily.

"We started helping more [on defense]. We slowed him down a little bit."

Maryland overpowered the Cougars 50-29 on the boards and held them to 41 percent shooting. Houston also was hurt by 20 of 32 shooting from the free-throw line.

The Terrapins made 21 of 25 free throws, which helped them keep Houston from making a run in the second half.

Maryland has been to the NCAA tournament eight times this century. This was Houston's first appearance since 1992.

The Cougars qualified by winning four games in the Conference USA tournament and beating top-seeded UTEP in the final. It was their longest winning streak of the season.

This was the first time the teams met since the 1983 NCAA tournament during Houston's Phi Slama Jama heyday.

Maryland led 43-42 early in the second half. Then the Terrapins went on a 12-2 run, capped by Adrian Bowie's 3-pointer, for a 55-44 lead with 16:45 left.

Lewis replied with five straight points for Houston to close the gap to six. But Maryland worked the lead back to double digits, mostly at the free-throw line.

After Zamal Nixon's free throw brought Houston within 72-63, Williams' layup pushed the lead back to double figures with 6:49 remaining.

Houston would not go away. Adam Brown's 3-pointer and three free throws by Lewis cut Maryland's lead to 78-69 with five minutes left. But that margin held, as Coleman went 11 minutes without a point late in the second half.

In the first, Houston held a 24-22 lead despite making just eight of its first 25 shots. Coleman had 11 of those points.

Maryland pulled ahead 27-25 on Bowie's 3-pointer. Williams put back a couple of missed shots as Maryland built a 35-29 lead with 2:27 left before halftime. Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.

Maryland was leading 39-31 with a minute left when Lewis sank a long 3-pointer. After the Terrapins missed, Houston rebounded with a few seconds left and Brown hit a long, running 3 at the buzzer to cut it to 39-37 at halftime.

Maryland shared the ACC regular-season title with Duke, but lost to Georgia Tech early in the conference tournament. The Terrapins drew an at-large bid to make their 17th consecutive postseason appearance.

In an odd twist, Maryland coach Gary Williams and Houston coach Tom Penders both entered with 648 career victories, tied for fifth among active coaches.

Penders, in his 36th season, was taking a team to the NCAA tournament for the first time since he coached George Washington in 1999. This was his 11th NCAA appearance.

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Houston #13374077
Maryland #4 «395089
HOU:Aubrey Coleman 26 Pts
HOU:Aubrey Coleman 8 Reb
HOU:Aubrey Coleman 2 Ast
MD:Jordan Williams 21 Pts
MD:Jordan Williams 17 Reb
MD:Eric Hayes 6 Ast

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Jordan Williams
Aubrey Coleman
Houston Cougars
A. Coleman, G399-207-1382326
K. Lewis, G387-158-1041124
K. Washington, F311-32-44134
D. Wade, G190-20-00130
S. Coleman, F140-30-03010
A. Brown, G214-80-010511
M. McNeil, F211-30-06022
Z. Nixon, G163-63-502110
N. Haywood, G10-00-00000
K. Broughton, FDid Not Play
B. Clark, FDid Not Play
N. Mosley, CDid Not Play
C. Tellis, GDid Not Play
K. Van Slyke, FDid Not Play
J. Wilson, GDid Not Play
Totals 25-6020-322671977
Maryland Terrapins
G. Vasquez, G375-136-676416
E. Hayes, G334-72-226211
J. Williams, F339-143-4171221
L. Milbourne, F286-157-770219
S. Mosley, G202-60-06344
A. Bowie, G233-51-21029
D. Gregory, F161-22-40024
C. Tucker, G-F102-60-07225
J. Choi, FDid Not Play
S. Goins, CDid Not Play
E. Levent, FDid Not Play
J. Padgett, FDid Not Play
D. Pearman, G-FDid Not Play
Totals 32-6821-2547182089
American Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
E. Carolina6-1215-18214
So. Florida1-177-23316

Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Michigan St.10-820-1550
Ohio St.7-1117-1590
Penn St.6-1215-18101
Other games
Morg St 50 Final
W Virg 77
Minn 54 Final
XAV 65
CORN 78 Final
Temple 65
Siena 64 Final
Purdue 72
Missouri 86 Final
WOFF 49 Final
Wisc 53
OAK 66 Final
Utah St 53 Final
Tx A&M 69
Florida St 60 Final
GT 64 Final
Okla St 59
Ark-PB 44 Final
N Mex St 67 Final
Mich St 70
UVM 56 Final
Syracuse 79
Louisville 62 Final
California 77
UCSB 51 Final
Ohio St 68