Maryland Men's Basketball Posts Dominating Win Over Delaware State
Dec. 12, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - He's not as tall or beefy as most power forwards, so Landon Milbourne must rely on guile and hustle to generate offense.
Fortunately for Maryland, Milbourne has more energy than a 1,000-watt light bulb.
Milbourne scored a career-high 23 points on 9-for-12 shooting Friday night, and three other Terrapins reached double figures in an 86-58 rout of Delaware State.
"Right now, I really believe at this point in the season there is no player in better condition than Landon Milbourne, in terms of how hard he works. Landon can play 40 minutes if he had to," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "He gives you that toughness that you need. I thought he was great tonight."
At 6-foot-7, 207 pounds, Milbourne often gets banged around under the basket. But few at his position have the speed _ or the stamina _ to chase him around the court.
Milbourne was almost flawless during a 27-minute performance in which he made all five free throws, grabbed seven rebounds and did not commit a turnover.
"It was a matter of me moving around a lot to get open," Milbourne said. "I don't remember scoring 1-on-1 that many times."
Milbourne provides Maryland with another offensive threat to go with the formidable backcourt of Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes. He has scored 12, 20 and 23 points in his last three starts, providing the Terrapins hope that the best is yet to come.
"He's probably among the most athletic players in the ACC. He's strong, he can shoot, he can face up, he can back you down," Maryland center Dave Neal said. "I think he's going to be a great player for us this year."
The Terrapins (7-2) never trailed in their third straight victory. Maryland is 5-0 at home and 58-4 in non-conference home games since the start of the 2002 season.
Up by 19 at halftime, the Terps opened the second half with a 7-0 run to make it 47-21. Hayes led the charge, sinking a pair of 3-pointers around a free throw by Adrian Bowie.
Vasquez finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Hayes and Bowie each scored 12.
Kris Douse scored 14, and Arturo Dubois had 12 points and eight rebounds for Delaware State (2-11). The Hornets are 0-10 on the road this season, including defeats at Kentucky, Connecticut, Ohio State and West Virginia.
"We got beat by a much better basketball team and a much better program," coach Greg Jackson said. "We are a long way from being a team that can compete at this level."
Milbourne and Vasquez each had 10 points, and Dubois scored 12 in a first half that ended with the Terrapins up 40-21.
Maryland took control with a 17-2 run that made it 25-7. Vasquez fueled the surge with a pair of 3-pointers, Hayes also connected from beyond the arc and Bowie turned a steal into a layup.
After being held scoreless for five minutes, the Hornets used three baskets by Dubois to close to 28-13. The Terrapins then rattled off eight straight points - four by Milbourne and four by Dino Gregory - to increase the margin to 23.