Making up for lost time, Terps rout UMES, 94-63 Get over W. Va. loss with Burns, Rhodes

December 08, 1992|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- The driving distance between their campuses is, depending on traffic and time of year, still only a couple of hours. But the distance between their respective basketball teams remains light years apart.

Though the University of Maryland couldn't match its 55-point blowout of Maryland-Eastern Shore from a year ago, the Terps toyed with the Hawks, taking a 33-point lead at halftime before settling for a 94-63 victory at Cole Field House last night.

An intimate gathering of 6,264 watched as senior Evers Burns controlled the inside and freshman Johnny Rhodes the outside for Maryland (2-1). Burns finished with a career-high 27 points, one more than Rhodes. Senior Marlin Kimbrew led UMES (1-3) with 15.

The Terps' one-sided victory helped erase the taste of their firs defeat of the season, a 14-point loss at West Virginia Saturday night. It was a game in which Maryland led early and, after erasing a seven-point deficit, fell apart late.

"I thought we did a good job after Saturday night at West Virginia," said Maryland coach Gary Williams. "It was nice to see us come out with some intensity. It was a very tough loss at West Virginia."

The one-sided defeat did the opposite for new coach Rob Chavez and his Hawks, who came rudely back to reality after a come-from-way-behind win over Morehead State. Obviously tired at the end of a season-opening four-game trip, UMES saw Maryland break things open with an 18-2 run midway through the first half. The Terps led by as many as 37 early in the second half.

"I thought that had something to do with it, wrapping up three games in four days," said Chavez, whose team won't play until Saturday -- at Georgetown. "I think we needed another day to get ready for a team like Maryland. But they executed well. They got the ball inside to Burns, and we just couldn't handle him."

Unlike recent UMES teams, this group showed some heart. Though there was no comeback from 18 points down, Chavez's team didn't allow itself to fold into utter embarrassment, as was the case in a 115-60 loss here last year.

"I think they're doing a good job," said Williams. "I know Rob is new. I've been a new head coach at four places and I know how tough it is. They could have come out and stood around in a zone, but they came at us. They're going to take some lumps, but it's going to help."

Last night's game helped the Terps restore some of th confidence they lost against West Virginia. Rhodes, who struggled with his outside shot against the Mountaineers, got it back last night. And Burns, who along with center Chris Kerwin took some abuse inside, returned to his old, aggressive self.

For the first time this season, Burns and Kevin McLinton took charge of things early. Maryland's blue-collar co-captains know it's their job to lead this talented group of blue-chip freshmen into the world of big-time college basketball.

"This game was a confidence-builder," said Burns, who hit 11 of 18 shots and also pulled down nine rebounds. "I was kind of [upset] after the West Virginia game. I just wanted us to play hard."

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