College Park, Md. (Dec. 29, 2012) --- Delaware State led 16-15 before Maryland ran off 17 straight points en route to a 79-50 men's basketball win over the Hornets at the Comcast Center this afternoon. The Terrapins won their 11th straight game to improve to 11-1 this season. Delaware State dropped its third straight game, each to a major conference opponent, to fall to 5-8.
Delaware State was anything but intimidated by the big-time atmosphere at the Comcast Center, going toe-to-toe with the Terps for much of the first half. There were five lead changes and three ties in the first 10-and-half minutes of the game.
The Hornets held two three-point leads in the first nine minutes of the game. DSU opened up a 14-11 lead on a jumper by Tahj Tate with 11:55 left in the first half. The Hornets held their final lead, 16-15, on two free throws by Casey Walker with 9:31 left in the half.
Maryland's 17-point run began with a jumper by Charles Mitchell to give his team a 17-16 lead. He capped off the rally with basket off a steal by Dez Well to put the Terps ahead 32-16 with 4:43 left in the half.
Delaware State missed each of its nine shots and committed four turnovers, while Maryland was eight-for-10 from the field, including a three-pointer, during the rally.
"I thought we did a nice good job of controlling the temp in the early going, but Maryland's superior size and speed were too much for us to handle," said Delaware State head coach Greg Jackson. "Our guys played with a lot of heart in a major college environment. This experience can only help to strengthen us for our upcoming conference games."
Maryland shot 73.1% from the field (19-for-26) en route to a 40-22 lead at the break.
The Hornets pulled to within 40-25 after a three-point play by Miles Bowman on the first possession of the second half.
After Maryland opened up a 44-25 lead, the Hornets ran off six straight points to hang around in the contest. Tate capped off the DSU run with a jumper to cut the Terps' lead to 44-31 with 15:37 left to play.
Maryland answered with an 8-0 spurt, and opened up a 54-31 lead on a basket with 13:30 remaining.
Delaware State could get no closer than 20 the rest of the way.
Tate led all players with 20 points. He has reached double figures in scoring in each of the last six games and 11 times this season, including four with 20-or-more points.
Bowman added nine points and five rebounds, while Casey Walker tallied seven points and seven rebounds for the Hornets.
Mitchell led three Maryland players in double figures with 19 points. He was 8-for-12 from the field, and also led all players with 14 rebounds.
Dez Wells (5-7 FGs) and Seth Allen added 10 points each for the Terps.
Delaware State was 18-for-56 from the field (32.1%), including 3-of-15 from three-point territory. The Hornets shot a season-best 91.7% from the free throw line (11-for-12).
Maryland was 33-for-58 from the floor (56.9%) in the game.
The Hornets will play their first game of the new year on Wednesday (Jan. 2) at Marshall University. Game time is 7:00 p.m. in Huntington, W.V. DSU will continue the road swing on Saturday (Jan. 5) at Arkansas (8:00 p.m. ET).