COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- Drew Nicholas and No. 11 Maryland are getting comfortable at the Comcast Center.
Nicholas scored all 19 of his points in the first half as the Terrapins extended their non-conference home winning streak to 87 games with an 89-39 rout of Duquesne.
Maryland (3-0) completed its first homestand at its new arena with another easy win. Ryan Randle scored a career-high 16 points and Steve Blake handed out 13 assists.
The Terrapins can look forward to the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday, when it meets Indiana in a rematch of last season's national championship.
"Tuesday night against Indiana, we are going to have to have everything working, that's for sure," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "We certainly were into the game, with the seniors making sure the younger guys knew they had to get ready."
Nicholas' 3-pointer just over two minutes into the game gave Maryland an 11-1 lead. Freshman Chris McCray had six points and Calvin McCall the other four in a 10-0 run that stretched the lead to 30-9 with 10:11 to go before halftime.
Nicholas drained another 3-pointer that opened a 50-17 cushion and the Terrapins took a 31-point bulge into the locker room.
Duquesne (1-3) committed 35 turnovers, leading to 42 points for Maryland. The Dukes shot just under 30 percent (15-of-51).
"We made some bad decisions, but I would think that Maryland's defense caused it," Duquesne coach Danny Nee said. "We're bad, we're not good, but certainly their pressure, their quickness, their hustle were a very, very important part of that."
The Terrapins improved to 8-0 all-time against the Dukes. The last meeting was an 81-47 rout in 1998.
Blake, the NCAA's active leader in assists, was the consummate point guard. He did not score and took just four shots as he distributed the ball efficiently.
"We ran good offense for the first 10 minutes of the half and I was pleased with the way we executed," Williams said. "Steve Blake was sensational."
Maryland held an opponent under 50 points for the third straight game, the first time it has done so since 1954.
"That is a pretty good shooting team we held to 29 percent," Williams said. "We forced them away from where they are comfortable shooting. I thought we did a good job making them extend their offense quite a few times."
Nicholas made 7-of-10 shots for Maryland, which shot 45 percent (34-of-75) and held a 45-41 edge on the glass. The senior has taken the starting spot of Juan Dixon, the school's all-time leading scorer.
Freshman Travis Garrison scored 11 points off the bench and McCray and freshman John Gilchrist each added nine. The Terrapins' bench combined for 46 points.
The Dukes had no player reach double figures. Simplice Njoya, Kevin Forney and Tyler Bluemling each scored seven points. Bryant McAllister came off the bench and committed nine turnovers.
"Maryland hits the throttle and goes 100 miles an hour, that's their style of play," Nee said. "We hit the throttle and we go 75, 80, but our car goes completely out of control."
Maryland held a 28-5 edge in points on the fast break.