COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland men’s basketball team jumped out to a 16-point halftime advantage and never looked back in a 67-45 win over Morehead State in front of 8,724 on Monday night at the Comcast Center.
The Atlantic Coast Conference Terrapins improve to 1-1 on the season, while the Ohio Valley Conference Eagles slip to 1-1 on the campaign. It was the first ever meeting between the two schools in men’s basketball.
“We dug a big hole with poor shooting early in the game, but you have to give Maryland credit,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “Their defense really made it difficult on us. Like most ACC teams, they are big, strong and physical inside.”
Sophomore Nick Faust led a balanced attack for Maryland with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, while classmate Alex Len added 11. The Terrapins shot 49 percent (23-of-47) overall, including 61 percent (14-of-23) after intermission.
Maryland enjoyed its largest advantage at 60-37 with 7:33 remaining in the second half, and pushed the lead back to 23 on two more occasions.
Morehead State started 2-of-15 from the floor and never recovered. The Eagles were limited to 28 percent (8-of-29) overall in the first half.
“We got several shots that we wanted in the first half, but the misses piled up and we lost our confidence,” Woods said. “We settled down in the second half, but it’s tough to overcome a double-figure deficit against a quality opponent.”
Senior Milton Chavis, the reigning OVC Co-Player of the Week, led Morehead State with 10 points on 5-of-11 from the field. Senior Kahlil Owens posted a team-best seven rebounds, while classmate Jason Holmes rejected a team-high four shots.
Maryland registered advantages of 14-4 in assists and 23-17 in bench points. Both teams committed 20 turnovers on the night, while Morehead State managed a 7-6 edge in steals.
The Eagles were whistled for 26 fouls in the affair, while the Terrapins were called for just 11. The difference was 19 more free-throw attempts in the first half and 21 for the night.
“We grabbed some momentum early in the second half, but Maryland made adjustments and pushed the lead back to a level that was comfortable for them,” Woods said.
Morehead State returns to Johnson Arena on Thursday for its home opener against Alice Lloyd (Ky.) at 7 p.m. ET. The contest will be available on OVCDigitalNetwork.com.
“Maryland’s crowd was loud and energized tonight,” Woods added. “That’s what we need at home games this season. We look forward to seeing lots of Eagle fans in 2012-13.”