Duquesne Falls at 11th-ranked Maryland, 89-39
No. 11 (AP) Maryland forced 35 turnovers, including 20 in the first half, in defeating Duquesne 89-39 at the Terps' Comcast Center.
Maryland was dominant from the start, jumping out to a 19-3 lead in the first 5:06 as Duquesne struggled against UM's pressure defense. Drew Nicholas scored all of his game-high 19 points in the first half for Maryland. In addition, Terps' point guard Steve Blake handed out 10 of his 13 assists in the opening 20 minutes, as Maryland raced to a 51-19 halftime lead.
Duquesne got no closer than 26 in the second half, as the final 50-point margin was Maryland's largest lead of the game. Duquesne's 39 points were its lowest since an 81-37 loss at #24 Temple on Jan. 29, 2000. The 50-point margin of defeat was the largest since a 52-point (109-57) loss at George Washington on Jan. 28, 1999.
Simplice Njoya, Kevin Forney and Tyler Bluemling led Duquesne with seven points each. Ron Dokes and Brad Midgley paced DU with six rebounds each. Ryan Randle added 16 points for Maryland. Duquesne shot 29.4 percent from the field, while Maryland finished at 45.3 percent. The Terps outscored the Dukes 46-10 in the paint and 42-12 in points off turnovers.
Duquesne head coach Danny Nee: