COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- One solid half was good enough for Maryland.
After playing 20 minutes of uninspired basketball Friday night, the Terrapins finally got their season under way after halftime and then blew past Jackson State 93-57.Travis Garrison scored a career-high 21 points and Ekene Ibekwe had 17 points and eight rebounds for Maryland, which led by only 14 points at the break before pulling away."I liked our intensity in the second half. I thought we played great defense," Terrapins coach Gary Williams said. "Now we have to figure out how to do that at the beginning of the game."Maryland (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) shot 30 percent before halftime and went 3-for-12 from 3-point range."In the first half we came out jump shot-happy," Williams said. "The reason we shot such a poor percentage is we shot outside without looking inside."Maryland pulled away behind Garrison, who scored nine points in an 18-6 run that made it 56-30. Then, after Antonio Williams-Parker hit a 3-pointer for the Tigers, the Terrapins scored 18 straight points to go up by 41."Us hitting the boards is a very important thing," guard John Gilchrist said. "It lets us hit easy baskets, and easy baskets make the game easier."Before the game, the Terrapins unfurled the banner commemorating their 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference championship. But Williams has stressed that last season's accomplishments will have no bearing on the fate of this team, even though Maryland returns four starters from the squad that went 20-12 in 2003-04.That list includes Garrison, who went 6-for-10 from the floor and 9-for-9 at the foul line. The junior forward matched his previous career high of 19 points with four minutes gone in the second half.The Terrapins had six players score in double figures in improving to 102-2 in non-conference home games since Williams' arrival in 1989.Dakari Wallace scored 11 points and Kelly Ross and Williams-Parker had 10 apiece for Jackson State. The Tigers, who committed 27 turnovers and were outscored at the line 28-4, wilted in the second half."I think we got fatigued. They're big and strong, and they kind of wore us out," Jackson State coach Tevester Anderson said. "They should be better than a Top 15 team; they're Top 10."The Terrapins led by only eight points with 14 minutes elapsed before Garrison hit two free throws and Chris McCray scored on a breakaway dunk to spark a 10-0 run that made it 35-17.Jackson State went 3-for-12, committed nine turnovers and had four shots blocked in the opening 7½ minutes. During that time, five different Maryland players scored during an 11-0 run that built the margin to 12 points.Williams-Parker ended the Tigers' scoring drought with a layup, but it proved to be their lone points over a span of nearly 10 minutes. With 7:40 left in the first half, Jackson State had more turnovers than points (13-11).