COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland did almost everything right in
the first half against Delaware State, then coasted to the finish.
The performance received mixed reviews from coach Gary Williams,
who loved the opening 20 minutes but slapped a big thumbs-down on
his team's play after halftime.
Nik Caner-Medley scored 16 points, and No. 16 Maryland limited
Delaware State to five baskets in the first half of a 68-54 victory
Ekene Ibekwe had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Terrapins
(9-2), who forced the Hornets into 5-for-20 shooting while building
a 36-13 halftime lead.
"I was very pleased the way we came out and the way we
played," Williams said. "A lot of good teams don't do that."
Then came the second half, when the Hornets outscored Maryland
"Hopefully we learned a good lesson tonight. They made us pay
until we got it turned around," Williams said. "I'll just
remember we didn't play well in the second half."
Williams has 343 wins at Maryland, five short of Lefty
Driesell's school record. It was his 550th career win in a career
that began at American University and included stops at Boston
College and Ohio State.
"I'm proud of what I've done as a coach, but at the same time I
don't get caught up in it," he said. "If there's one thing I've
learned, it's that the longer you're in one place, the more games
you're going to win."
Maryland has won four straight and eight of nine. In their last
game, the Terrapins yielded only 17 first-half points in an 81-55
rout of American.
Jahsha Bluntt scored a career-high tying 24 points for Delaware
State (2-9), the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
champion. All 11 of the Hornets' games this season have been on the
Delaware State coach Greg Jackson took consolation in his team's
performance in the second half.
"I think our kids learned something from this experience,"
Jackson said. "Anytime you come on this level, and in this place,
and lose by 14 and outscore them 41-32 after halftime, it shows
we're not a team that's ever going to quit."
Maryland led 9-6 before surprise starter Mike Jones hit a
3-pointer to spark a 10-0 run. Jones started at shooting guard
ahead of leading scorer Chris McCray, who entered with 13:42 left
in the first half.
"Chris was late for a meeting," Williams said.
McCray finished with 11 points, three rebounds and two assists
in 27 minutes.
"When I woke up late I knew I wasn't starting," McCray said.
After Tracey Worley made a baseline jumper to bring the Hornets
to 19-8 with seven minutes left in the first half, the Terrapins went
on a 17-2 spree to go up 36-10. Caner-Medley scored eight points in
At halftime, the Hornets had 11 turnovers, were 0-for-5 from
3-point range and 3-for-6 at the free throw line.
"I thought their defensive intensity in the first 11 or 12
minutes caused us a lot of problems," Jackson said. "We didn't
make shots and pretty much got away from our game plan. Anytime you
play a team at this level and only score 13 points, you're not
going to give yourself much of a chance."
Delaware State abandoned its deliberate style in the second
half. Bluntt hit a pair of 3-pointers in the opening 90 seconds --
the first time in the game that Delaware State made successive
"If we played great the first five minutes, it would have been
easier," Williams said.
It was 46-27 before Bluntt scored four points in a 10-1 run that
got the Hornets within 10 with 9:19 left.
Caner-Medley then scored on a drive and made two free throws to
make it 51-37, and James Gist added two free throws for a 16-point
"We feel like in the first half we played very well,"
Caner-Medley said. "But there were a lot of things in the second
half that we could have done better."