ATLANTA -- At least this wasn't televised. After scoring the opening basket, Maryland watched Georgia Tech score the next 18 points en route to a 43-18 halftime lead and, ultimately, an 80-65 Atlantic Coast Conference victory last night. The Terps had won four straight.
"Obviously, we didn't come out with enough intensity, or aggressiveness," said Maryland coach Gary Williams. "They made us pay the price for it. Hopefully, it'll be a one-time thing for us, and we will compete very well with or without [injured Terps forward] Walt Williams."
Matt Roe (25 points) opened the scoring with a drive, but Maryland didn't make another basket for nearly five minutes. The Terps missed their next seven shots, committed three turnovers and fell behind, 18-2. They never recovered and lost to No. 23 Tech (13-6, 5-3) for the fifth straight time and 15th in the past 16 games. Maryland (12-8, 2-5) hasn't won here in 10 years.
When Gary Williams called timeout with 17 minutes, 50 seconds left in the first half, Maryland trailed, 10-2. The next timeout came 1:42 later. By then, it was 16-2.
After Evers Burns hit a turnaround jumper at 15:27, Georgia Tech scored seven straight points, a three-pointer by Jon Barry and two free throws and a drive by Kenny Anderson, to open a 25-4 lead.
"Georgia Tech has some pretty good players, and for us to play, we have to do a few things different in order to be emotionally ready to play this year," said Williams. "We didn't have that. I wasn't as concerned with the missed shots as I was with our defense and inability to compete early."
Tech coach Bobby Cremins said: "I really enjoyed the way we played the first 10 minutes. Kenny was really throwing some great passes. The second half, we got complacent."
The Terps shot 21.1 percent in the first half, hitting eight of 38 from the floor. It was the lowest field-goal percentage for any Tech opponent in a half this season.
The Yellow Jackets, who lead the ACC in field-goal percentage defense, held Maryland to 32.4 percent (24 of 74) for the game. Roe was 9-for-25, including 3-for-12 in the first half. Cedric Lewis missed all six of his first-half attempts.
When Tech opened the second half as Maryland opened the game, the Terps made a run. They scored the first seven of the second half to cut the deficit to 43-25 before Anderson scored for Tech at 16:07, then followed with a three-pointer.
It was Tech by 54-33 when Maryland made another mini-run. Behind Roe, the Terps cut the gap to 56-40, then 61-48 with 6:03 left. Tech's Brian Hill was trapped in the backcourt and appeared to walk. There was no call. Williams was livid -- and Hill was lying on the court, blood gushing from a gash over his left eye. Hill was helped to the locker room.
Anderson hit a jumper, then made two free throws. When Malcolm Mackey followed with a breakaway jam, the Tech lead was 67-49. Maryland never got within 13 points.