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Terps end drama early, crush Seminoles by 27

After scoring the first 18, Maryland has no trouble sending Florida State to 0-2 in the ACC with an 89-62 loss.

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January 12, 2003

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- An 18-0 run to start the game made Maryland's latest victory against Florida State easier than anticipated.

Drew Nicholas scored 23 on Saturday, and the No.21 Terrapins parlayed the start into an 89-62 victory, their fifth in a row.

Reserve Tahj Holden scored 12 for the Terrapins, who extended their school-record run of ACC victories to 14.

"You really don't expect to get off against another ACC team like that," Maryland guard Steve Blake said. "That just doesn't happen very often. But it happened, and we're happy about it."

FSU missed its first eight shots and committed five turnovers in trailing by 18 41/2 minutes in.

"They're talented enough where they don't need anybody giving them anything," Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We kind of assisted them a little bit, and they took advantage."

Maryland, 14-1 against FSU since January 1997, made its first six shots and went 9-for-11 in going up 25-5.

"(FSU) had some looks and didn't make shots," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "We made our shots. That's the nightmare you go through as a coach sometimes."

Said Hamilton, "We dug a hole for ourselves so deep we could never get out of it."

Tim Pickett scored 15 and Anthony Richardson 14 (13 during the second half) for the Seminoles, who offered little resistance after falling behind 46-26 at halftime and are 0-2 in the ACC.

Maryland made four 3-pointers during its opening run, including two in a row by Blake. Playing against a team that had held opponents to 35 percent shooting, best in the ACC, Maryland seemingly couldn't miss.

Its defense was just as good, forcing turnovers on FSU's first three possessions and keeping it scoreless until Michael Joiner's putback.

FSU cut it to 35-17 before Nicholas scored five during a 9-0 burst that put Maryland up 44-17.

Despite receiving only three minutes from foul-plagued center Ryan Randle, Maryland was in control at halftime.

It was 55-36 early in the second half before backup guard Calvin McCall scored seven during a 13-0 run that made it 68-36. McCall's 10 points made him one of four Terrapins to reach double figures.

Maryland played without reserve forward Jamar Smith because of a death in the family.

The Terrapins go to No.17 Wake Forest on Wednesday and host No.1 Duke on Saturday.

"You can put this one aside," Williams said, "and use whatever good that has come out of this game and get ready for Wake Forest."

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