On rebound, Terps pound UMES Burns, Rhodes pace 94-63 rout

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 Terrapins 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 around 5,000, who seemed only mildly interested, 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 one-sided victory for the Terps helped erase the taste of their first defeat of the season, a 14-point loss at West Virginia Saturday night. 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.

There was no comeback for UMES last night. In fact, the only pride salvaged by the Hawks after a horrible first half was in the fact that they held their own with the Terps in the second half. Part of that also had to do with Maryland looking as if it lost a little interest, especially on defense.

The victory -- any victory -- was helpful for a team that is still trying to work five freshmen into the lineup. Maryland's highly touted recruiting class continues to impress, but last night it was Burns and senior guard Kevin McLinton who showed the leadership that was lacking against the Mountaineers.

The defeat -- even a blowout -- was probably beneficial for Chavez in getting his point across. Things certainly don't get any easier for UMES, which must now go home to Princess Anne before coming back over the Bay Bridge to play 11th-ranked Georgetown Saturday at McDonough Gym.

As Gary Williams had hoped, Maryland got off to a better start offensively than it did at West Virginia. Though they didn't hit a high percentage of their shots, the Terps did take better ones.

Burns, in particular, was more aggressive than he was against the Mountaineers, taking advantage of his size (6 feet 8, 260) and strength. He also was more active defensively, as were the rest of his teammates.

UMES kept it reasonably close for a while, trailing 9-5, 16-9 and, after a three-point shot by junior guard Dale Harrison, 20-12. But as the Hawks cooled off, it didn't stay close for long.

With a 7-0 run that was capped by a brilliant sequence by Burns, the rout was on. Burns blocked two shots by UMES freshman Corey Snowden, then scored on a scoop at the other end. The Terps were far from finished.

After the Hawks cut their deficit to 27-16, McLinton ended a shooting drought with a 15-footer. Then Rhodes, who also had been struggling a bit with his outside shot, followed a three-point play with a three-point shot.

As UMES continued to miss, Maryland extended its lead to 57-24 with an 18-2 run. Most of the Terps' baskets came inside, or, in the case of a dunk off an inbounds steal by ACC Rookie of the Week Exree Hipp, above the rim.

By the time the half mercifully ended, the Hawks were looking at a 59-26 deficit after shooting a paltry seven of 26 from the field. Meanwhile, helped by a 31-13 rebounding edge, Maryland was 21 of 40. Burns had 17 points at the half, one more than Rhodes.

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