Gist, Maryland bounce back with 76-46 rout of Delaware
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP)—James Gist bounced back from a horrid performance to score 18 points and grab 10 rebounds, and Maryland snapped a three-game losing streak with a 76-46 rout of Delaware on Friday night.
Greivis Vasquez scored 18 points and Bambale Osby added 14 for the Terrapins (7-6), who were coming off losses at home to Boston College, Ohio and American. In the latter game, Gist had 3 points and four rebounds in 22 minutes before fouling out.
Gist, a 6-foot-9 senior forward, took out his frustration against Delaware with 8-for-13 shooting from the floor. He had 12 points in the first half, including 10 in a 23-2 run that put Maryland up 33-12.
It was 40-23 at halftime, and the Terrapins coasted to the finish to improve to 132-4 in regular season non-conference home games under coach Gary Williams. Half those losses came in Maryland’s previous two games.
Marc Egerson scored 17 points for Delaware (4-7). The Blue Hens were seeking their first three-game winning streak since January 2005; instead, they lost their eighth straight against Atlantic Coast Conference teams since the start of the 1995-96 season.
Eager to shake the Terrapins out of their lengthy funk, Williams shuffled the starting lineup. He replaced forward Landon Milbourne with freshman Cliff Tucker and inserted Osby at center for freshman Braxton Dupree.
Osby responded by scoring Maryland’s initial basket, and his dunk gave the Terrapins their first lead at 8-6. Making his second career start, Tucker missed a 3-pointer before Milbourne entered with two minutes elapsed.
Egerson scored 9 of Delaware’s first 10 points, including a dunk that tied the game at 10. Gist followed with two foul shots and a 12-foot jumper, sparking a 13-0 run that included four points from Osby and a 3-pointer by Vasquez.
After a basket by Brian Johnson ended the Blue Hens’ scoring drought of nearly seven minutes, Gist made a follow-shot, a layup and a dunk during a 10-0 spurt that put the Terrapins up by 21.
Delaware got within 16 early in the second half before six different players scored for Maryland in a 19-7 spree that made it 61-33 with 11 minutes remaining.