COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- Guards from the Atlantic Coast Conference continue to give Leonard Hamilton a hard time.
Drew Nicholas scored 23 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds as No. 17 Maryland cruised to an 89-62 rout of Florida State.
In his first season with the Seminoles (9-4, 0-2 ACC), Hamilton made his return to the area where he coached the Washington Wizards to a 19-63 mark two seasons ago. He resigned under pressure from Michael Jordan, his boss and former ACC great.
Maryland (9-3, 2-0) scored the game's first 15 points and never looked back. Ryan Randle began the burst and Nicholas added a dunk and a 3-pointer. Back-to-back 3-pointers by freshman Travis Garrison and Steve Blake ended the run.
"Obviously, we got off to a very poor start," Hamilton said. "You have to give Maryland a lot of credit - they're focused, they've been there, they've done that, they understand, and they took advantage which didn't help us at the beginning of the game. We dug a hole for ourselves and obviously it was so deep we could never get out of it."
With starting center Randle in foul trouble, others picked up the slack for the Terrapins. Tahj Holden scored 12 points and Blake and Calvin McCall each added 10.
"Today I got in foul trouble," Randle said. "Tahj, Travis, Nik (Caner-Medley), Calvin - they can come in and work hard like me."
Maryland shot 53 percent (31-of-58) and held a 45-33 edge on the glass. Nicholas made 7-of-14 shots and all seven of his free-throw attempts.
The Terrapins had 22 assists on 31 baskets. Blake, Nicholas and McCall all had four.
"My teammates do a good job of getting me the ball," Nicholas said. "I've got one of the best point guards in the country in Steve Blake who knows how to find me."
Maryland has won 14 of the last 15 meetings with Florida State after They have won 12 straight ACC home games since a 74-71 loss to the Seminoles on February 14, 2001.
"We feel we're a good basketball team, we don't think we're great yet," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "You have to have a little confidence in what you do. I think going into the game today, if we did what we were supposed to do, we would have a very good chance to win the game."
Caner-Medley dunked and Holden had a pair of baskets as Maryland built a 31-7 lead with 9:31 left before halftime. Nicholas had five points in a 9-0 run for a 44-17 bulge.
Tim Pickett led Florida State with 15 points, but made just 5-of-13 shots. Pickett was the key to Maryland's defensive game plan.
"The main thing was stopping Tim Pickett," Nicholas said. "That was my biggest concern."
Anthony Richardson netted 14 points and Michael Joiner added 13 and nine rebounds off the bench. Florida State shot just 34 percent (22-of-65) and misfired on 11-of-23 foul shots.
The Seminoles have lost nine straight ACC road games.