Inspired performance

Intense Terps rebound from 3 straight home losses with rout

Maryland men 76 Delaware 46

December 29, 2007|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker,Sun reporter

COLLEGE PARK -- After startling home losses to Ohio and American, Maryland got the feel-good rout it had been coveting last night. The 76-46 smackdown of Delaware set things right in Terrapin Nation, if only for a night.

This was the sort of game the Terps had expected against nonconference foes this season, a dominating performance keyed by offensive rebounding and pressure defense.

The Terps (7-6) out-rebounded the Blue Hens 57-25. Twenty-two of Maryland's rebounds were on the offensive end, and the Terps scored 42 points in the paint compared with 14 for Delaware (4-7).

It wasn't a good night for Delaware to play the Terps, not after coach Gary Williams had criticized his team for lacking intensity after uninspired efforts the past two games. Part of Maryland's dominance against the Blue Hens was because of its size advantage in the front court. But part of it was that the Terps seemed more energized after being challenged by their coach.

"We haven't been tough for a couple weeks," Williams said. "We were tough tonight. We'll see if we can continue to be tough."

The win won't erase Maryland's first three-game home losing streak since 1993. But it gave the Terps a chance to show the swagger befitting a team that - until the Ohio and American losses - had won 44 of 45 nonconference games at home.

Senior forward James Gist had seemed particularly embarrassed by the losses. He scored eight points against Ohio and fouled out with a little more than five minutes remaining against American after scoring three points.

Gist said he talked to Williams about his performance before last night's game.

"I told him I felt like I hadn't been doing my part as a senior," he said.

Gist scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds for his third double double of the season.

Said Williams: "James is too good to play like he did the past few games. He knows that."

Delaware was in the game for the first five minutes. After that, the Blue Hens were prey.

With the scored tied at 10, Maryland, led by Gist, went on a 23-2 run. The Terps were all over the offensive glass during the run. In one sequence, Bambale Osby, Cliff Tucker and Gist each got offensive rebounds before Gist's put-back put the Terps up 25-12.

Delaware coach Monte Ross said he sensed the Terps were "desperate" for a win.

"One of the things we talked about was the fact that when you're playing against a team that is wounded like they were, is coached by a Hall of Fame coach-to-be like they are, they are not going to continue to play the way they've been playing," Ross said. "I guess we did run into a desperate team."

The Blue Hens were led by Marc Egerson, who scored 17 points.

Maryland shook up its lineup by starting forward Tucker and forward-center Osby in place of Landon Milbourne and Braxton Dupree.

Williams said Milbourne, who shot 1-for-7 against American, "needed to look at some things." Milbourne came off the bench in the first half. After scoring two points, he missed a layup, committed a foul and was pulled.

But Williams said Milbourne played better in the second half - he had 10 points overall.
















Percentages: FG .276, FT .667. 3-point goals: 6-17, .353 (Egerson 3-6, Johnson 1-1, Santiago 1-2, Boney 1-2, Courtney 0-1, Dawson 0-5). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 8 (Ledsome 7, Egerson). Turnovers: 14 (Dawson 4, Egerson 3, Johnson 3, Courtney 2, Boney 2). Steals: 8 (Dawson 2, Ledsome 2, Courtney 2, Boney, Johnson). FGFTReb
















Percentages: FG .477, FT .786. 3-point goals: 3-13, .231 (Vasquez 3-6, McAlpin 0-1, Gist 0-1, Tucker 0-2, Hayes 0-3). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 9 (Gist 5, Tucker 2, Milbourne, Osby). Turnovers: 16 (Vasquez 4, Osby 3, Gist 2, Hayes 2, Walker 2, Dupree 2, Milbourne). Steals: 6 (Vasquez 3, Hayes, Osby, Gist). Delaware2323-46


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