Jordan Williams had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Cliff Tucker
scored all 16 of his points in the first half, and Maryland coasted
past Maine 89-59 on Sunday in the 2K Sports Classic.
Playing their third game in seven days, the Terrapins (3-0) led
52-29 at halftime and upped the margin to 30 with just under seven
minutes left. Williams has recorded a double-double in five
straight games, beginning last season in the NCAA tournament.
Maryland freshman Terrell Stoglin finished with 14 points and
senior Adrian Bowie had nine points and eight rebounds.
Murphy Burnatowski scored 17 and Troy Barnies added 16 for the
Black Bears (1-1). Maine opened with an overtime win at Utah Valley
State and is considered to be among the better teams in the America
East Conference, but the Bears were no match for a deep, talented
Maryland squad playing at home.
The Terrapins will next face No. 5 Pittsburgh on Thursday at
Madison Square Garden in the semifinal round of the tournament
benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
Maine defeated Boston College of the Atlantic Coast Conference
last season, but it became apparent early that Maryland would not
be similarly victimized.
After both teams began the game with two straight turnovers,
Tucker drilled a 3-pointer, Williams dunked and Tucker again
connected from beyond the arc for an 8-0 lead with 2 1/2 minutes
The Bears got within two points before baskets by freshman
Pe’Shon Howard and Stoglin ignited an 11-3 spurt that made it
26-16. Minutes later, Tucker had a dunk and a 3-pointer in a 13-0
run that put the Terrapins up 45-24.
Maryland shot 57 percent in the first half, limited Maine to
nine field goals and forced 14 turnovers.
Williams scored eight of Maryland’s first nine points after
halftime to boost the lead to 24 points.