The fans loved it, but the winning coach hated it.
The Maryland Terrapins recorded their first blowout of the season in a high-flying 86-60 victory last night over hapless Biscayne at Cole Field House.
Terp point guard Dutch Morley launched 11 assists (one short of John Lucas' school record), flamboyant swingman Ernest Graham pumped from everywhere for 22 points and freshman Buck Williams brought down 14 rebounds. Maryland, now 4-2, led at the half, 52-26, and played the entire game without star forward A1 King, who is nursing a strained knee.
But Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell was not the least but pleased, particularly with the 34-34 second half.
"And I wasn't very impressed by the first half either," Driesell said. "I know what you have to do to win in the big time, and we're a long way away. Our defense was terrible. Our offense was terrible. We were just terrible.
"Dutch and Reggie (Jackson) are turning the ball over too much. They're both trying to make spectacular plays, long passes, and you can do that against Biscayne, but it's not going to work against Notre Dame, Louisville and Duke. We have to be realistic. We should be farther along at this point."
Driesell lamented that the Terps "are just not running the offense, and we turn the ball over like there's nothing to it."
Biscayne experienced a similar problem particularly in the first half, when Maryland's press forced miscues in the back court.
The Terps had 19 turnovers to Biscayne's 21, and after outrebounding the Bobcats by 11 in the first half, ended with 45 to Biscayne's 42.
There appeared to be several reasons for the second-half slowdown, one being motivation following a 52-26 first half. Driesell also held center Larry Gibson out of most of the second half after a 12-point performance in the first. Without King and Gibson, Maryland's consistency faded in the second half, especially on the boards.
"I just wanted to see what the other guys could do," Driesell said of Gibson's second-half rest. "Now I know."
After shooting 55 percent in the first half, Maryland hit 45 percent in the second. Biscayne improved from a dismal 31 percent to an almost as dismal 36 percent.
Biscayne's biggest starter was 6-foot-6, and the taller Terps easily worked the ball to Gibson in the first half.
In the second half, both teams played a lot of zone defense and slowed the tempo, which worked to the advantage of the smaller, slower Bobcats.
"We played well in the first half, but the second half was kinda shaky," said Morley, who also played pick-pocket for five steals.
"In the first half we came out aggresive, hustling. Then we got into a rat race in the second. I guess that might be excusable after a 52-26 first half," Morley said.
"It's hard to come out and play the same way, but we shouldn't go to almost the opposite."
We're still kind of young and it's still kind of early, but we should be better."
Since the players have exams this week, Driesell is unsure of how he will arrange his practice schedule, or what to work on first.
"If we can't play better than this," Driesell said, "we're going to get annihilated in the ACC."
For Maryland, it was the fourth game in the fourth gym in eight days, following a road trip on which the Terps beat Air Force, lost to Las Vegas and beat Penn State. Maryland rests until Saturday, when it plays host to East Carolina in the final tuneup for the conference opener Dec. 20 against North Carolina State.