COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- After 2 1/2 weeks on the road, No. 17 Maryland enjoyed a breather at home.
John Gilchrist scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and the hot-shooting Terrapins did not miss a free throw for only the second time in school history in a 96-72 rout of North Carolina-Asheville.
"I go with how the team is flowing," Gilchrist said. "If we're out there, everybody is scoring and the team is making buckets, then I take it upon myself to get us in our offense, but the option is always there to score. It's natural to me to find my own shot. It's not that difficult."
Maryland (5-2) had lost two of its previous three games, including a 101-92 defeat to George Washington last Sunday in the championship of the BB&T Classic.
The Terrapins rebounded to shoot 55 percent (38-of-69) from the field against North Carolina-Asheville (1-5), which dropped to 0-42 all-time against the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Playing its first home game in 19 days, Maryland made all 13 free throws. The Terrapins were 19-of-19 from the line against Holy Cross on January 21, 1985.
"We're in a stretch now where we can do some damage at home," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "I thought we shot it pretty well today, we made some big shots. I liked the way we came out to start the second half. We played well enough the rest of the game to win."
Maryland never trailed, taking control with a pair of 12-0 run in the first half, including the game's first 12. North Carolina-Asheville was held scoreless for more than five minutes.
The Bulldogs closed to 26-21 on C.J. Walker's free throw with 7:08 remaining in the first half, but the Terrapins answered with a 12-0 spurt, building a 38-21 cushion on a jumper by Chris McCray 3:30 before intermission. Maryland led, 45-34, at the break.
Five players scored in double figures for the Terrapins as McCray and Travis Garrison chipped in with 15 points apiece. D.J. Strawberry contributed 13 and Ekene Ibekwe added 12.
"This was a tough week because we gave up 100 points to George Washington," Strawberry said. "That's just not our defense. Today, we emphasized coming in and playing tough defense and forcing them to take tough shots."
Bryan McCullough scored 16 points for the Bulldogs, who shot 42 percent (28-of-67).
After the break, Maryland quickly put away the contest, scoring the first eight points of the second half and opening a 53-34 lead on Ibekwe's dunk with 18:10 remaining. The Bulldogs got no closer than 18 thereafter.
"I thought that we did a lot of good things," Bulldogs coach Eddie Biedenbach said. "We turned the ball over too much, but we've gotten better every single game. We've played six now, we're 1-5, but every one of those games we've been better."
Omar Collington scored 12 points and Chad Mohn added 10 for North Carolina-Asheville, which was coming off an 85-71 victory over Western Carolina.