Starting fast, Terps don't stop till 100

UM runs to 16-0 lead, routs C. Carolina by 52

January 03, 2000|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- A new year, a different beginning.

The 14th-ranked Maryland basketball team quashed any notions of a third straight slow start with disciplined defense and its most unselfish effort of the season to crash down on Coastal Carolina, 100-48, before 14,402 at Cole Field House yesterday.

Shutting out the Chanticleers for the opening 7 minutes, 17 seconds, the Terrapins (11-2) made a big splash by scoring the first 16 points. Maryland small forward Danny Miller fought through multiple screens to handcuff Coastal Carolina's leading scorer, Matt Gladieux, and exposed the Chanticleers as a one-man attack.

Coastal Carolina (2-9) didn't have the same benefit. Maryland never kept the ball in the hands of one player too long, zipping passes around to record a season-best 30 assists on 36 baskets.

Juan Dixon finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double double as the Terrapins had five players score in double figures for the third time this season. Maryland beat a nonconference opponent at home for the 72nd consecutive time, extending the nation's longest streak for the final time this season. The Terps now shift into their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule, which begins Thursday at North Carolina State (9-1).

"The starters set the tone defensively," Dixon said. "We wanted to leave this game with a bang."

And the noise began early. Maryland converted seven of its first 13 field-goal attempts, knocking down six of those from 10 feet or closer, to earn a 16-0 lead 7 minutes into the game.

Gladieux, who averages 22 points and 17 shots a game, only took three shots in the first 11 1/2 minutes and missed them all. The 6-foot-5 forward never scored in the half-court offense against Miller, who had a three-inch height advantage and just one instruction.

"I just never left him," said Miller, who outscored Gladieux, 13-4. "I wanted to deny him the ball as much as possible."

Without Gladieux, the Chanticleers were stumped and misfired on 12 of their opening 13 shots.

Maryland built its largest margin in the first half to 38-13 before blitzing Coastal Carolina with another fast start. Leading 44-20 at halftime, the Terrapins reeled off 11 straight points, six of which came off of Dixon's three layups.

The run was punctuated by Terence Morris, who quietly added seven points, 13 rebounds and five assists. After Cedric Davis' air ball, Morris grabbed the rebound and found Miller at the end of the court. On the next possession, Morris again pulled down the ball after a Davis miss and heaved a one-handed pass to Dixon for an uncontested basket, giving Maryland a 55-20 advantage with 15: 45 left.

"We were aware that they were a team that was going to push it at us," said Coastal Carolina coach Pete Strickland, a DeMatha High School graduate. "But the reality of it was that they ran by us and got some easy ones."

It was far from a day at the beach for Coastal Carolina, which never cut the deficit below 30 points for the remaining 16 1/2 minutes. The nation's sixth-best outside shooting team, the Chanticleers had more airballs (four) than three-pointers (three).

Maryland, which had its lead balloon to 94-40 late in the game, ended the last bit of drama with 11 seconds left when Tahj Holden rattled in a free throw to lift the Terrapins to the 100-point mark as well as give Coastal Carolina its worst loss in school history.

"We were very concerned about their ability to shoot the three, and we were able to do something about it," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "Once you get a team out of what they're good at, you've got a good shot to win. It's a good way to end this part of our season and start the ACC season on a very positive feeling."

NOTES: Stephen Bisciotti, a future Ravens part-owner, sat in his courtside seats at Cole despite the Ravens playing at New England at the same time. The Terrapins set season bests in rebounds (51), fewest turnovers (13) and field-goal attempts (72). Calvin McCall, Maryland's starting quarterback, had eight points, six assists and four steals in his second collegiate basketball game. Maryland has won 15 straight at Cole.

Next for Terps

Opponent: N.C. State

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Site: Entertainment and Sports Arena. Raleigh, N.C.

TV/Radio: ESPN2/WBAL (1090 AM)

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