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Updated: Sunday, November 24, 2002 8:46 PM EST
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(15) Maryland 64, Miami Ohio 49
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COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- Drew Nicholas scored 16 points and Ryan Randle added 15 as 15th-ranked Maryland christened the Comcast Center with a 64-49 triumph over cold-shooting Miami of Ohio.

Nicholas and Randle are two of five seniors who return from the squad that captured the first national championship in school history.

Before the season opener, Maryland Governor Parris Glendening joined Terrapins coach Gary Williams in raising the championship banner to the rafters of the 17,950-seat facility that replaces Cole Field House.

"It was an unusual day with the unfurling of the banner and the emotion that was involved before the game," Williams said. "That's not a normal situation, so we had to get through that. And I thought we did OK with that."

Maryland (1-0) built a 32-21 halftime lead and coasted to its 19th straight home win. The Terrapins have won 85 consecutive home games against non-conference foes.

Danny Horace led all scorers with 17 points but made just 6-of-15 shots for Miami (0-1), which opened its season Friday with a 27-point loss at Purdue.

"We don't have that much leadership on offense," RedHawks coach Charlie Coles said. "We could be better if we took better shots. I thought we played very, very hard. I thought we took their explosiveness away. I think they were very intent on getting the ball inside, which I would have done if I were them."

Miami did a good job on Steve Blake, who scored nine points on 2-of-8 shooting and dished out eight assists.

"He still gets eight assists," Coles noted. "I think he's great; I think he's phenomenal."

Blake had six straight points to break open a tight game late in the first half. The Terrapins never looked back after a 9-0 run early in the second half.

"When you look at the stats and see that they were even with the rebounds, and you shoot 2-for-10 from 3-point range and 40 percent for the game, it's hard to get too excited about how we played," Williams said. "We've got to get more consistent."


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