Albert King scored a season-high 24 points and all 11 teammates scored as Maryland rolled by Canisius, 128-103, at Cole Field House lastnight.
A holiday-depleted crowd of 6,127 watched the Terps surpass the120-point mark for the second consecutive game and fall two points short of tying the school record for one game.
The Terps got stellar performances from all the regulars. Freshman point guard Dutch Morley assisted on nine baskets and had five steals; freshman Power forward Buck Williams was perfect on all eight of his shots and pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Ernest Graham-who scored 44 points against North Carolina State Wednesday night-missed nine of his first 10 shots but made eight of his last 12 to finish with 18 points.
But it was King who turned the crowd on with several dazzling driving layups and needle-threading passes that got him six assists.
Graham added that the leg cramps that benched him for a large part of the second half against State were still bothering him last night.
"I've just got to get my legs intobetter shape," he said.
King, who sank 10 of 20 shots-twice the numberof attempts he has averaged in the first seven games-explained why he was trying to score more this season.
"I have to do something, a lot of the guys are looking up to me. I'm going to try and help the team by looking for the hoop more."
King also grabbed 10 rebounds in his 21 minutes of action but, even more importantly, was the squad's leader on the floor. When Graham, obvously frustrated with his one-for-10 performance in the opening half, would look toward King almost apologetically after a miss, King always had an encouraging word or pat.
"Albert knows that when I miss I get down on things," said Graham. "We try and keep each other from getting down."
The other Terps were feeling no pain as they worked patiently for layups and short jumpers against the Golden Griffin zone and, when opportunities presented themselves, worked clinical fast breaks.
"I didn't think we'd be running that much," said a fatigued Morley. "When you have a rebounder like Buck and a couple of shooters like A1 and Ernie on the wings, the fast break will work."
The crisp passing of King, Morley and Reggie Jackson set up numerous easy basskets in the opening half. When the Terps missed, King and Williams were there to score on offensive rebounds.
Center Larry Gibson was the first-half beneficiary of the Terps' patient passing against Canisius' 2-3 zone, scoring 11 points on five-of-seven shooting before intermission.
Meanwhile, the Terp defnese, with Morley particularly plaguing the visitors, was limiting the Griffins to 11 of 30 from the field as Maryland grabbed a 57-38 lead at the half. (SUBSECTION) tCanisius shot 52 percent in the second half to keep the game from becoming more of a rout. Ron Pearks, the Griffins' leading scorer with a 22.3 point average, was limited to only eight shots in the first half but exploded for 17 points in the second before fouling out with 4:58 left. The finished with a game high of 28.
"we've got to work more on getting back on defense," Morley said. "That's still our main problem, although the big lead we established early might have had a lot to do with us neglecting things at the other end of the court."
Maryland, now 6-2, won its fourth straight game by shooting 55 percent and outrebounding the Griffins, 54-36, Canisius is 5-6. The 55 Terrapin field goals tied a school record.
Greg Manning sank seven of 11 shots to finish with 16 points. Jacson, a freshman guard, scored the same number of points and made several good, hustling defensive plays.