ATLANTA (AP) — Maryland coach Gary Williams wants his Terrapins to play the same on the road as when playing at home.
That means get the ball inside to Jordan Williams.
Jordan Williams made a strong return to his double-double form to lead Maryland’s relentless inside attack and the Terrapins beat Georgia Tech 74-63 on Sunday night.
Williams had 21 points and 15 rebounds for Maryland (14-7, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Terrapins improved to 3-1 in road conference games and have won three straight overall.
“For us, we’ve always stressed, ‘Play like you play at home,’” Gary Williams said. “Some teams back off a little bit when they’re on the road and might not press as much if they’re a pressing team. We try to play the way we play at home, and hopefully that’s good enough.”
It was good enough to give Georgia Tech (10-10, 3-4) its first home conference loss. The Yellow Jackets never led.
Maryland scored 48 points in the paint.
“It proves we are a versatile team,” Jordan Williams said. “We can score many different ways. We adapt to any kind of defense.
“We attacked the basket and beat them inside.”
Gary Williams said his team, which missed each of its six 3-pointers, won despite a poor shooting night. Overall, Maryland made 44.6 percent of its shots (25 of 56) from the field. The Terrapins compensated by outscoring the Yellow Jackets 24-7 from the free-throw line.
“We did not shoot the ball well tonight as jump-shooters,” the coach said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well on layups, either. Pick your poison.”
Maryland chose to keep pushing the ball inside.
“That was our game plan — drive,” said Sean Mosley, who had 16 points.
Jordan Williams’ string of 13 straight double-doubles ended when he was held to four points and six rebounds in the Terrapins’ 66-42 win at Virginia on Thursday night.
“It’s a relief,” said Jordan Williams, a 6-foot-10 sophomore. “I struggled the last game. I was glad to get my self-confidence and my swagger back.”
Jordan Williams needed only a little more than 2 minutes against Georgia Tech to top his scoring total against Virginia. He scored Maryland’s first three baskets.
“He got them established in the game with those early offensive rebounds and all those put-backs,” said Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt. “It kind of put us on our heels. He establishes a presence around the basket that we just didn’t have an answer for.”
Glen Rice led Georgia Tech with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Iman Shumpert, coming off his first career triple-double, had 12 points.
Brian Oliver, who had 28 points in Georgia Tech’s 72-57 win over Virginia Tech on Tuesday night, was held out with flulike symptoms. The Yellow Jackets also were without freshman backup center Nate Hicks, who is expected to miss at least two weeks after an appendectomy on Thursday.
“I thought we had enough to win this game,” Hewitt said. “I was very confident because of how we were playing and how we were attacking our assignments the last few games. Give Maryland credit.”
Stoglin added 13 points for Maryland.
The Terrapins led 35-34 at halftime with all of their points coming in the paint or at the free-throw line.
Georgia Tech stayed close by making five 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes. The Yellow Jackets made only one 3 in the second half.
Maryland stretched its lead to 13 points at 61-48 on a jam by Jordan Williams midway through the second half. Georgia Tech answered with a 13-4 run to cut the lead to 65-61.
After Terrell Stoglin made two free throws for Maryland, the Terrapins forced a turnover with their full-court press. After an exchange of possessions, Jordan Williams scored — under the basket, of course — to push Maryland’s lead to 69-61 with 2:12 remaining.
Georgia Tech didn’t challenge again.