Originally created 02/26/03

Maryland beats Tigers by 39



COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Ryan Randle scored 18 points and Steve Blake added 14 as No. 14 Maryland beat Clemson 91-52 Tuesday night in its final home game of the season.

Drew Nicholas and Jamar Smith each had 13 points for the Terrapins (18-7, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won four of five overall and beaten Clemson 11 straight times.

The defending national champions took possession of second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, percentage points behind No. 12 Wake Forest and one-half game ahead of No. 6 Duke.

Sharrod Ford had 12 points and Edward Scott added 11 for the Tigers (15-9, 5-8), who shot 31 percent and saw a three-game winning streak halted.

Maryland opened the second half with a 27-4 run to pull away from a five-point lead.

The Terrapins were 12-of-20 from 3-point range and moved coach Gary Williams within one victory of 500 for his career. The Terrapins finished their inaugural season at Comcast Center with a 14-2 record.

Coming off a 96-56 home rout of North Carolina on Saturday, Maryland recorded its largest margin of victory over Clemson since a 40-point win on Dec. 4, 1953.

Randle had 10 points in the first half and Maryland used a 21-4 run in taking a 36-31 halftime lead.

Clemson, leading the ACC in field goal percentage, started 5-for-22 and had only one field goal in a 10:27 span midway through the first half.

The Tigers took an 11-9 lead with 15:05 left in the half, but Blake's long 3-pointer started the Terrapins' big run. Smith scored eight points during the burst, including a dunk off a baseline bounce pass from Blake.

Chey Christie helped the Tigers end the half on an 18-6 run, with Ray Henderson scoring the final two baskets on strong inside moves.

But Blake and Randle dominated the opening minutes of the second half, when Maryland quickly opened a 45-39 lead with a 13-2 run. Randle scored on two jams - one off an outlet pass from Nicholas - and Blake made three 3-pointers.

Blake's 3s started a streak of six consecutive by the Terrapins, who hit eight of their first 10 shots from the field in the second half.

CLEMSON (15-9)-Babalola 1-5 2-2 5, Hobbs 2-7 0-0 4, Ford 4-7 4-6 12, Scott 5-16 0-0 11, Christie 3-13 4-5 10, Betko 0-1 0-0 0, Nagys 1-2 0-1 2, Henderson 3-4 0-0 6, Robinson 1-6 0-1 2, Akingbala 0-0 0-0 0, Douglas 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-63 10-15 52.

MARYLAND (18-7)-McCall 3-4 1-2 9, Holden 2-3 0-1 5, Randle 5-10 8-8 18, Nicholas 4-8 1-2 13, Blake 5-8 0-0 14, Smith 6-7 1-2 13, Collins 2-4 0-1 5, Garrison 2-2 0-2 4, Gilchrist 4-5 0-1 8, McCray 0-1 0-0 0, Henry 0-1 0-0 0, Grinnon 0-0 0-0 0, Caner-Medley 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 34-54 11-19 91.

Halftime-Maryland 36-31.

3-Point goals-Clemson 2-14 (Babalola 1-3, Scott 1-5, Christie 0-4, Robinson 0-2), Maryland 12-20 (Nicholas 4-7, Blake 4-5, McCall 2-3, Holden 1-1, Collins 1-2, Gilchrist 0-1, McCray 0-1). Rebounds-Clemson 34 (Ford 11), Maryland 36 (McCall, Holden 6). Assists-Clemson 10 (Scott 5), Maryland 29 (Blake 7). Total fouls-Clemson 18, Maryland 19. Fouled out-None. A-17,950.

SETON HALL 62 RUTGERS 52

In Piscataway, N.J., Andre Barrett scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and Seton Hall closed the game with a 10-0 run to take a victory over Rutgers.

The Pirates (14-9, 8-4) won their seventh straight and swept the season series from Rutgers (11-14, 3-10), leaving the Scarlet Knights in last place in the Big East West Division with three games remaining.

The Pirates' six-game conference winning streak is their longest since winning a school-record eight straight in 1992-93.

Barrett, who added six rebounds and six assists, missed 10 of his first 11 shots before making his final three field goal attempts and going 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final 46.3 seconds.

A foul shot from Rutgers' Herve Lamizana made it 52-52 with 3:14 left in the game. That marked the third tie, along with eight lead changes, in the second half.

Kelly Whitney started the decisive run with two foul shots with 3:00 left. Andre Sweet hit a jumper, and Barrett found Whitney for a reverse layup to make it 58-52 with 1:14 remaining. Barrett closed it by making four straight free throws.

Ricky Shields had 11 points for Rutgers, and the Scarlet Knights played much of the second half without point guard Mike Sherrod and leading scorer Jerome Coleman, who were in foul trouble.

Whitney finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds while John Allen had 10 points.

The Pirates held a 45-31 rebounding advantage over Rutgers, which got 11 points from Ricky Shields.

Rutgers shot 31.6 percent for the game and was 3-for-18 from 3-point range. Seton Hall shot 32 in the second and 41.8 percent overall, and committed 17 turnovers.

The Pirates led 30-25 at the half.