Wednesday, February 10, 2016

#2 Terps Overpower Bowie State Tuesday

Courtesy Maryland Athletics

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Second-ranked Maryland got 16 points from Rasheed Sulaimon and cruised past Bowie State 93-62 on Tuesday night for its school-record 27th consecutive home victory.

Maryland (22-3) coach Mark Turgeon went to his bench early and received a solid performance from backup center Michal Cekovsky, who usually sees little playing time behind Diamond Stone and Damonte Dodd.

Cekovsky scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half to help the Terrapins take a 47-29 lead. His previous career high was 10.

Maryland's home winning streak eclipses a 26-game run at Cole Field House from Feb. 10, 1979, to Jan. 10, 1981. The Terrapins are 14-0 at home this season and haven't lost on their own court since falling to Virginia on Dec. 3, 2014.

Although Maryland's reserves saw ample playing time, each member of the usual starting five played at least 16 minutes. Sulaimon went 7 for 10 from the field and Stone had 14 points.

It was apparent early that Maryland was too tall, too quick and way too talented for Bowie State. The Bulldogs picked up nine fouls in the opening 6 1/2 minutes in falling behind 14-5. A 3-pointer by reserve Jaylen Brantley and two straight dunks by Cekovsky made it 21-7.

The Terrapins made only two more baskets than Bowie State in the first half, but outscored the Bulldogs 19-4 at the free throw line and owned a 25-12 advantage on the boards.

Maryland welcomes Wisconsin for a Big Ten battle on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.