Nov. 18, 1997
Maryland Defeats Mount St. Mary, 102-74
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Laron Profit scored 21 points and Obinna Ekezie added 12 of his 17 in the first half as 23rd-ranked Maryland cruised to a 102-74 victory over in-state rival Mount St. Mary's and coach Jim Phelan, who began his 44th season at the school.
The Terrapins (2-1) led 21-15 midway through the first half before taking control of th egame with an 11-1 burst. Maryland closed the first half with an 11-4 spurt, taking a 52-30 halftime lead.
Gerben Van Dorpe and Tony Hayden scored 18 points apiece for the Mountaineers (0-1), who did not challenge Maryland in the second half.
Maryland, which is 3-0 all-time against Mount St. Mary's, has won two straight games after a season-opening 76-72 overtime loss to eighth-ranked South Carolina.
Phelan, who became the winningest active coach in Division I basketball with the retirement of Dean Smith in North Carolina, watched his Mountaineers fall to 1-9 in season openers since moving to Division I. With 772 victories, Phelan is fourth all-time, behind Smith, Adolph Rupp and Clarence "Big House Gaines."