COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- No. 11 Wake Forest beat the snow but could not beat 13th-ranked Maryland with first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference on the line.
Steve Blake scored 21 points and Drew Nicholas added 19 to lead Maryland to a 90-67 rout of the Demon Deacons.
Scheduled for Sunday night, the game was pushed back to Monday due to the snowstorm that blanketed the East Coast. Wake Forest arrived here Saturday, but officials postponed the game due to concerns about the safety of fans.
But with nearly two feet of snow on the ground, the battle for first place still drew 14,222 to the 17,100-seat Comcast Center.
"I am amazed by the number of people who attended," Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow said. "I am grateful so many fans made the effort to get here on such short notice."
Maryland (16-6, 8-3) rewarded the fans with perhaps its best performance of the season, shooting 50 percent from the field and outrebounding the Demon Deacons, 44-24.
"We picked it up on defense and we controlled the boards," Terrapins coach Gary Williams said. "Steve controls the offense and he played a real aggressive and smart game. I think he had just one turnover in the first half."
The win avenged the Terps' 81-72 loss at Wake Forest (17-4, 7-3) on January 15.
The Demon Deacons were coming off Thursday's double-overtime win over Duke.
"It was an unusual weekend, to say the least, but we have no excuses," Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said. "We fought back in the second half but just couldn't hit a basket in the last 10 minutes."
Blake hurt Wake Forest with his penetration and scored most of his points from the line, converting 12-of-13 free throws to go with nine assists.
Center Ryan Randle controlled the interior with 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots and power forward Tahj Holden bulled his way to 15 points, including 8-of-9 from the line.
Wake Forest star forward Josh Howard scored 20 points but was just 6-of-16 from the field.
The Terps built a 41-31 halftime advantage and started the second half with a 3-pointer by Holden and baskets by Randle and Calvin McCall to open their biggest lead with 17:32 left.
But a 3-pointer by Howard and two jumpers by Vytas Danelius ignited a 12-2 run for Wake Forest. Justin Gray capped it with a layup and a 3-pointer, pulling the Demon Deacons within 50-43 with 14:50 remaining.
Blake converted a pair of free throws and Nicholas connected on a 3-pointer to get Maryland's cushion back to 12 points.
But Wake Forest fought back. A 3-pointer by Jamaal Levy and a three-point play by Howard made it 63-57 with 10:08 left. Howard's basket, however, was the last field goal for Wake Forest until Trent Strickland made a 3-pointer with 51 seconds remaining.
Maryland put away the game with a 15-4 run as Holden made six free throws and Blake hit a 3-pointer and two free throws, giving the Terps a 78-61 advantage with 4:02 left.
Maryland opened its biggest lead, 90-64, on a layup by freshman John Gilchrist.
Wake Forest shot just 38 percent in the first half but jumped out to a 12-6 lead as Danelius and Howard combined for nine points.
Maryland responded with an 18-4 run as Nicholas converted a jumper, two free throws and a layup and Blake made a pair of baskets, giving the Terps a 24-16 advantage with 9:09 left in the half.
Maryland shot 57 percent (16-of-28) in the first half.