EDS: Maryland 75, Savannah St. 48; RETRANSMITS to FIX category code.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Balanced scoring and strong defense helped carry the Maryland Terrapins (8-6) to their second straight victory, a 75-48 triumph over Savannah State Wednesday night at Comcast Center.
Maryland's four primary scorers average in double figures and all reached that standard during the course of the lopsided victory. The team's two leading scorers, guard Greivis Vasquez and forward James Gist, matched each other with 13 points and six points apiece.
Vasquez also handed out six assists, which matched the total of backcourt mate Eric Hayes. Hayes scored 12 points for Maryland, while senior Bambale Osby also had 13 points. Much of that production was set up by Maryland's defense.
The Terrapins forced Savannah State (7-12) into 24 turnovers and were credited with 12 steals.
The Tigers have struggled to score all season, and that pattern continued last night. They managed just 37 points in a 40-point loss to 10th-ranked Marquette and came into the game averaging just 58.7 per game.
Savannah State's point total was the lowest by a Maryland opponent since an 87-38 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore in January 2004.
Guard Joseph Flegler led Savannah State with 13 points.
Any suspense was eliminated early. After Savannah State's Lazarius Coleman popped in a 3-pointer to open the scoring, Maryland ran off the next 15 points of the game. The Tigers cut the margin to 17-7, but then Maryland ran off the game's next 11 points. Greivis Vasquez capped the run with a three-point play on a drive to the basket.
Vasquez led all scorers with 10 points at the half as the Terrapins produced their highest-scoring first half of the season in building a 40-19 lead. They forced Savannah State into 14 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, making seven steals in the process.
Many of those were converted into easy baskets at the other end, enabling Maryland to shoot 51 percent in the first half.