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Updated: Tuesday, December 24, 2002 1:20 AM EST
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(23) Maryland 101, Umbc 60
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COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- Maryland had nine days to think about a disappointing loss, then took out its frustrations against Maryland-Baltimore County.

Ryan Randle scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the 23rd-ranked Terrapins routed the Retrievers, 101-60, in their first game back after exams.

Drew Nicholas added 15 points and seven assists and Jamar Smith contributed 12 points for Maryland (5-3), which bounced back after its 87-game non-conference home winning streak was snapped by Florida on December 14.

"It was good to play again," Terrapins coach Gary Williams said. "When you lose a game, you like to get back on the court as quickly as possible. We had a whole week of finals, just practicing, so I think the players were glad to get back on the court against somebody else."

The defending NCAA champions might have suffered their first home loss to a school outside the Atlantic Coast Conference since December 12, 1989, but they had little trouble improving to 13-0 all-time against UMBC.

The 41-point win marked the largest margin for Maryland in the series since a 113-61 victory on February 22, 1990. The Terps have won the last five meetings by an average of 32.6 points.

Reserve P.J. Hatcher scored 15 points and Justin Wilson chipped in 14 for the Retrievers (3-4), who have lost four straight after starting the season with three wins.

Maryland owned just a 9-6 lead until going on a 12-5 run to take a 10-point lead with 9:36 left in the first half.

"I think they were shaking the cobwebs off," UMBC coach Tom Sullivan said. "They had some time off and their offense really wasn't in sync. Where we got hurt was when they played full-court defense, and with their half-court trapping and pressing. Once they turned it up a notch we couldn't respond."

The Terps broke it open with a 28-7 burst that spanned the last five minutes of the first half to first three minutes of the second period. They began their onslaught after Wilson's layup pulled UMBC within, 28-21, with 4:39 before halftime. Randle capped the run with a layup that gave Maryland a 56-28 advantage with 17:26.

"At the start of the second half, there was some great basketball," Williams said. "When you play intensely for 20 minutes, you don't know the effect on the other team. In other words, when you are able to play nine or 10 guys in the first half, that intensity level might not show up until the second half, so maybe we caught them a little tired. It allowed us to get the looks we were able to get."

Randle, who went 10-of-15 from the field, scored first 11 points of the second half.

"I think Randle is a big player with potential to be a pro," Sullivan said. "We tried as best as we could and we didn't want to double-down and get burned by the 3-pointer. But I think this was one of those games where you choose your poison."

Steve Blake had 11 points and nine assists and freshman Nik Caner-Medley and Calvin McCall also contributed 11 points for the Terps, who shot 55 percent (35-of-64) and scored 34 points off UMBC's 23 turnovers.

Andrew Feeley had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Retrievers shot 37 percent (21-of-57) and were outrebounded, 45-28.

"They were much too physical for us on the inside," Sullivan said. "I thought their pressing strategy really rattled our kids. When they picked up the intensity on defense it started a slew of turnovers. Once they picked up the defense with about nine minutes to go in the first half, they seemed to maintain that plan the rest of the game."

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