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23RD RANKED TERRAPINS OUTSCORE UMBC, 101-60
College Park, MD--The defending national champion Maryland Terrapins used a 17-0 run at the game's midpoint to break open a competitive game and went on to defeat UMBC, 101-60, before 17,602 at the Comcast Center. The Retrievers have dropped four straight and are now 3-4 on the season, while the Terps improve to 5-3.UMBC stayed within range until very late in the first half. Andrew Feeley's hook in the lane kept the Retrievers within four points at 23-19 with 5:28 to play in the first half. The Terps spurted out to a pair of 14-point leads, but three-pointers by Kareem Washington and Rob Gogerty trimmed the deficit to 39-28 with less than 1:30 to play in the half. But the Retrievers turned the ball over four times in the final 90 seconds of the half and Maryland scored six unaswered points to take a 45-28 lead into the locker room. Then, Maryland center Ryan Randle went to work early in the second half as he scored the first eleven points of the second half to expand the margin to 56-28 with 17:38 to play and UMBC never recovered. The bright spots for the Retrievers were the continued outstanding play of freshman P.J. Hatcher, who scored all of his team-high 15 points (5/9 fg, 3-5 3pt. fg) in the second half. Feeley recorded his second "double-double" in three games (the other occured at Villanova) with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Justin Wilson added 14 points. UMBC shot just 36.8% from the floor, and committed 23 turnovers, while the Terrapins sizzled with 54.7% field goal shooting and a 45-28 advantage on the glass. The road does not get any easier for UMBC, who will face host and Great Alaska Shootout winner College of Charleston in the first round of the State Farm Good Neighbor Classic in Charleston, SC on Sunday.