- Associated Press - Sunday, November 14, 2010

COLLEGE PARK, Md. | Having survived a busy opening week, Maryland is ready for its next challenge: a matchup against No. 5 Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden.

Playing their third game in a seven-day span, the Terrapins beat Maine 89-59 on Sunday in the 2K Sports Classic.

Jordan Williams had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Cliff Tucker scored all 16 of his points in the first half and freshman Terrell Stoglin added 14 points for Maryland (3-0). The Terrapins led 52-29 at halftime and upped the margin to 30 with just under seven minutes left.

It was a welcome performance for Maryland after a harrowing 75-74 win over the College of Charleston on Wednesday night. It was also a confidence-booster leading up to the game against Pittsburgh in the semifinal round of the tournament benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.

“We certainly got a wake-up call against Charleston, both offensively and defensively,” Terps coach Gary Williams said. “We played better today. When we get out there Thursday night, we’ll see where we are.”

It was the fifth straight double-double for Jordan Williams, including twice in the NCAA tournament.

“When you get double-doubles, you’re doing something right,” Gary Williams said.

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.

“We are always going to have some trouble playing against a team of that caliber,” Maine coach Ted Woodward said. “When they decide to play and execute the way they can, they are going to be hard to beat.”

Playing at home against Maine is one thing. Facing a top-10 team in New York is quite another.

“Coach Williams said that if you can’t get up for a game at Madison Square Garden against the No. (5) team in the country, you might as well do archery,” Jordan Williams said. “We’re all excited about it.”

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 2½ minutes elapsed.

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.

 

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