Fordham 59

(4-3, 0-2 away)

(23) Maryland 79

(9-1, 7-1 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 6, 2006

    Comcast Center, College Park, Maryland

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    FOR 33 2659
    #23MD 39 4079

    Top Performers

    Fordham: B. Dunston 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Maryland: M. Jones 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Maryland regains control for win over Fordham 

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- The choppy play on offense, 25 turnovers and lackadaisical defense didn't please Maryland coach Gary Williams.

    He was willing to overlook his Terrapins' transgressions after they averted a losing streak heading into the Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

    Mike Jones scored 18 points and Maryland (No. 22 ESPN/USAToday, No. 23 AP) rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 79-59 victory over Fordham on Wednesday night.

    "Sometimes you have to play your way out of the mental condition you're in," Williams said. "And I knew this would be tough, because it was only two days of practice. ... I was really worried myself before this game. I was concerned we wouldn't play ourselves out of it."

    D.J. Strawberry and Greivis Vasquez each had 16 points for the Terrapins (9-1), who improved to 8-1 all-time against the Rams (4-3). Ekene Ibekwe, who spent much of the game in foul trouble, had a career-best seven of Maryland's season-high 13 blocked shots.

    Maryland, which lost to Notre Dame on Sunday in the BB&T Classic, scuffled early, then methodically wore down the Rams.

    "We just had to forget about (the loss)," Strawberry said. "It's not like the season was over. We've got the young guys and they didn't know how to react to losing."

    Marcus Stout scored 20 points and Bryant Dunston had 17 for Fordham, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. Sebastian Greene added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Rams.

    The victory was the 23rd in 26 games at Comcast Center for Maryland, which has won 33 of 34 home games against non-conference opponents.

    The Terrapins, who shot 56 percent from the field for the game, pulled away by opening the second half with a 12-2 run. Jones started and ended the run, burying 3-pointers from the deep in the left corner, and Maryland hit eight of its first 12 shots of the half.

    "We came in here a little bit down early, but then at halftime we just had to forget about everything and go back to the way we were playing. ... We just went back out and played with a lot of energy in the second half," Strawberry said.

    By contrast, the Rams made only seven field goals in the second half and finished 18-for-57 from the floor overall.

    "We couldn't make a shot," Fordham coach Dereck Whittenburg said. "They came out, Jones hit a couple of 3s and they just pulled away. ... The first five minutes, we didn't do such a good job. Our miscues on offense created offense for them."

    Maryland survived a lethargic start and 13 points by Dunston for a 39-33 halftime lead. The Rams finished 11-for-32 from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

    Fordham missed seven of its first 10 shots and didn't get its initial field goal until 4:52 had elapsed, yet had a 13-9 lead with 11:55 remaining in the first half. Dunston had nine early points, and Greene's follow put the Rams ahead 15-12.

    But the struggling Terrapins erased the deficit by taking control inside.

    Strawberry tipped in a miss by Vasquez, Bambale Osby scored four consecutive points and Maryland went on a 20-7 run that made it 32-22. Strawberry and Jones each had five points in the run, while Fordham was limited to one field goal in a 4-minute span.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 59 79
    FG Made-Attempted 20-61 (.328) 29-52 (.558)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-15 (.333) 8-13 (.615)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-21 (.667) 13-18 (.722)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 20

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