COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- Coming off the bench for the first time did not seem to phase Nik Caner-Medley.
Caner-Medley scored 17 points and led three players in double figures as No. 21 Maryland won its fifth straight game with an 85-53 rout of Mount St. Mary's.
Terrapins coach Gary Williams opted not to start Caner-Medley, Maryland's (9-2) second-leading scorer, for the first time this season.
But Caner-Medley responded by scoring nine points during a 21-5 run late in the first half that gave Maryland a 47-25 lead at intermission. Nineteen of the Terrapins' points came off Mount St. Mary's turnovers.
"That was the most aggressive I have seen (Caner-Medley) go after the basketball in a while," Williams said. "I really liked that. I liked the way he handled not starting, coming out like he did."
"We needed to play well tonight," Caner-Medley said. "Anything we can do to take a positive step is very important."
John Gilchrist scored 17 points, but failed to reach 20 for the first time in six games. Travis Garrison added 15 for Maryland.
"I think I showed a little more emotion tonight," Garrison said. "As long as you're out there playing hard, emotion comes with that. When you're playing with that energy and intensity, it also helps the team out."
The Terrapins, who travel to Atlantic Coast Conference rivals North Carolina and Wake Forest over the next seven days, held a 52-38 rebounding edge and forced 24 turnovers.
"The theme tonight was to come out and play aggressively for 40 minutes and really get our defense up," Williams said. "I thought we did a pretty good job, given the situation of the game."
Landy Thompson scored 20 points for Mount St. Mary's (3-7), which shot 30 percent (19-of-64) and is winless against Maryland in five meetings.
"It was a tough night," Mount St. Mary's coach Milan Brown said. "I didn't think we competed for 40 solid minutes. But I thought we were more consistent in our effort than we have been the last two games."
Maryland is 108-2 at home against non-conference opponents and posted a season-low in points allowed.