Delaware State 54

(2-9, 2-8 away)

(16) Maryland 68

(9-2, 1-0 ACC)

    8:00 PM ET, December 28, 2005

    XFINITY Center, College Park, Maryland

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    DSU 13 4154
    #16MD 36 3268

    Top Performers

    Delaware St: J. Bluntt 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Maryland: N. Caner-Medley 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 5 Stl

    Terrapins contain Hornet shooting, win 68-54

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland did almost everything right in the first half against Delaware State, then coasted to the finish.

    The performance received mixed reviews from coach Gary Williams, who loved the opening 20 minutes but slapped a big thumbs-down on his team's play after halftime.

    Nik Caner-Medley scored 16 points, and No. 16 Maryland limited Delaware State to five baskets in the first half of a 68-54 victory Wednesday night.

    Ekene Ibekwe had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Terrapins (9-2), who forced the Hornets into 5-for-20 shooting while building a 36-13 halftime lead.

    "I was very pleased the way we came out and the way we played," Williams said. "A lot of good teams don't do that."

    Then came the second half, when the Hornets outscored Maryland 41-32.

    "Hopefully we learned a good lesson tonight. They made us pay until we got it turned around," Williams said. "I'll just remember we didn't play well in the second half."

    Williams has 343 wins at Maryland, five short of Lefty Driesell's school record. It was his 550th career win in a career that began at American University and included stops at Boston College and Ohio State.

    "I'm proud of what I've done as a coach, but at the same time I don't get caught up in it," he said. "If there's one thing I've learned, it's that the longer you're in one place, the more games you're going to win."

    Maryland has won four straight and eight of nine. In their last game, the Terrapins yielded only 17 first-half points in an 81-55 rout of American.

    Jahsha Bluntt scored a career-high tying 24 points for Delaware State (2-9), the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion. All 11 of the Hornets' games this season have been on the road.

    Delaware State coach Greg Jackson took consolation in his team's performance in the second half.

    "I think our kids learned something from this experience," Jackson said. "Anytime you come on this level, and in this place, and lose by 14 and outscore them 41-32 after halftime, it shows we're not a team that's ever going to quit."

    Maryland led 9-6 before surprise starter Mike Jones hit a 3-pointer to spark a 10-0 run. Jones started at shooting guard ahead of leading scorer Chris McCray, who entered with 13:42 left in the first half.

    "Chris was late for a meeting," Williams said.

    McCray finished with 11 points, three rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.

    "When I woke up late I knew I wasn't starting," McCray said.

    After Tracey Worley made a baseline jumper to bring the Hornets to 19-8 with seven minutes left in the first half, the Terrapins went on a 17-2 spree to go up 36-10. Caner-Medley scored eight points in the run.

    At halftime, the Hornets had 11 turnovers, were 0-for-5 from 3-point range and 3-for-6 at the free throw line.

    "I thought their defensive intensity in the first 11 or 12 minutes caused us a lot of problems," Jackson said. "We didn't make shots and pretty much got away from our game plan. Anytime you play a team at this level and only score 13 points, you're not going to give yourself much of a chance."

    Delaware State abandoned its deliberate style in the second half. Bluntt hit a pair of 3-pointers in the opening 90 seconds -- the first time in the game that Delaware State made successive baskets.

    "If we played great the first five minutes, it would have been easier," Williams said.

    It was 46-27 before Bluntt scored four points in a 10-1 run that got the Hornets within 10 with 9:19 left.

    Caner-Medley then scored on a drive and made two free throws to make it 51-37, and James Gist added two free throws for a 16-point cushion.

    "We feel like in the first half we played very well," Caner-Medley said. "But there were a lot of things in the second half that we could have done better."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 54 68
    FG Made-Attempted 20-51 (.392) 24-52 (.462)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-17 (.235) 3-15 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-14 (.714) 17-20 (.850)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 26

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