Terps chorus drowns out Stewart's solo act for BU


COLLEGE PARK -- It wasn't as if Maryland didn't know that Boston University's Reggie Stewart could shoot.

Heck, he blistered the Terrapins for 18 points off the bench last February in the Boston Garden, to lead the Terriers over the Terps 65-61 in the official lowest point of Maryland's season.

So, last night when the 6-foot-3 senior guard poured in BU's first 14 points within the first 6 1/2 minutes, a wave of deja vu should have swept the Maryland bench.

But since only two of the current Terps were around to witness last season's Boston debacle, the memory didn't kick in and Maryland humbled BU 85-59.

The trouble for the Terriers was that while Stewart, who finished with 30 points, was doing his best Bernard King impersonation, there was no one else to play Ledell Eackles or Harvey Grant or even Haywoode Workman.

"We knew he was a great player," said Maryland coach Gary Williams. "He did that to us last year. But at the half, he had 20 and the rest of the team had six, so that wasn't all bad."

Indeed, the Terps (10-7) did such a good job on the rest of the BU squad that no one else scored in double figures. Subtract Stewart's 11-for-20 shooting from the floor and the Terriers (6-10) shot just 10-for-39, a paltry 26 percent.

"It's hard for one player on the team to win it by himself," said Terps center Cedric Lewis, who shot 6-for-7 from the floor on the way to 15 points, along with 10 rebounds and four blocks.

Williams said the Terps were flat early on, perhaps coasting off Saturday's stunning comeback win at South Florida.

"That game was as emotional a game as I have ever been a part of," Williams said of the comeback from a 19-point second-half deficit. "So I thought that it might be hard for us to get ready to play tonight, not because we were taking BU lightly, but because of the emotional drain from the last game."

The Terps got no lift from a crowd generously listed as 6,579. Williams said he was "disappointed" at the size of the turnout, and hoped his program would advance to the point "where they come to see us play."

Once the Terps shook off the cobwebs, they turned their full-court press loose on the hapless Terriers, forcing 12 first-half turnovers.

BU exploited the press at times, though, sending Stewart back to launch largely uncontested three-pointers or running him off screens in the halfcourt set.

But no one else was remotely hot.

"He [Stewart] was hot at first, but one man isn't going to do that alone," said reserve guard Matthew

18p9Downing, who played a steady game, contributing eight points and five assists.

Plus, Maryland's designated defensive stopper, junior Vinc Broadnax, was able to get a better handle on Stewart and hold him to just 10 points in the second half, on 4-for-9 shooting.

"In the first half, he got a lot of baskets on transition or off screens," said Broadnax, who had eight points. "I think I did a better job in the second half."

"Yeah, Vince did a great job on Stewart in the first half. He held him to 20," cracked Williams.

It doesn't get any easier for Broadnax, who will likely draw Rodney Monroe, when the Terps host North Carolina State Saturday.

But Broadnax is ready to go.

"I like the challenge of guarding a guy like that," Broadnax said of the Hagerstown native. "If I can shut him down, that gives me a good feeling."

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