COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- Drew Nicholas recorded career highs with 28 points and five 3-pointers as 11th-ranked Maryland coasted to a 97-49 victory over The Citadel.
It was the first meeting betweeen the teams since 1947 when both were members of the Southern Conference.
Nicholls, whose previous career-high came as a freshman with 27 points, was 9-of-14 from the field and 5-of-7 from behind the arc.
"We tried the zone, we tried the man, and he just burned us," Bulldogs coach Pat Dennis said.
Steve Blake added 13 points, five assists and five steals to go with three 3-pointers for the Terrapins.
As a team, the Terrapins drained 12-of-19 from long range with 45 of their points coming off 30 Bulldog turnovers.
"Maryland is so fast, and their speed is just awesome," Dennis added. "There is absolutely no substitute for speed and quickness, and we just couldn't match it."
Maryland (2-0) jumped out to a 29-8 lead in the first 11 minutes and finished the opening half with 43-17 lead.
"Overall, I thought it was a good effort for us in that kind of a game," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "We didn't get sloppy. I felt we stayed pretty solid with what we were trying to do."
The 17 points were the fewest scored by a Maryland opponent in the first half since they it led Pittsburgh, 46-17, in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Shootout in 1998
"I thought our defense was consistently aggressive," Williams added. "We made a few mistakes but as long as we stay aggressive like that we are able to get steals from the full-court pressure and half-court defense, which is good to see."
Freshman forward Nik Caner-Medley contributed 12 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in his first college game.
The Bulldogs (1-2) have lost 32 straight to ACC opponents since beating Clemson in 1979. They were paced by Kevin Hammack who scored 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc.
The Terrapins' extended the nation's longest home non-conference winning streak to 86 games.
Before joining the ACC before the 1953-54 season, Maryland defeated The Citadel in two previous meetings.