Everyone was a hero for Maryland last night. As expected, the Terrapins won their third straight game, routing Hofstra, 94-59, before 6,800 at Cole Field House. The victory assured Coach Lefty Dreisell of his 12th straight winning season at Maryland.
There never was any suspense, Maryland (14-7) leading the entire game and building a 20-point lead early in second half when the Flying Dutchmen missed their first four shots.
But there was plenty of fun. All 11 Terrapins in uniform played in the first half and all scored in the game. Chuck Driesell, the coach's son, hit a 20-footer at the end of the first half to delight the crowd and give the Terrapins a 36-21 lead.
Maryland led, 56-27, when Adrian Branch and Charles Pittman combined for the play of the game.
After one of Hofstra's many badly missed shots, the Terrapins got the ball to Branch, who was standing in front of the scorer's table. Branch took a couple of dribbles and launched a two-handed chest pass diagonally to the streaking Pittman.
The ball was a little high, and a little behind the now-airborne Pittman. But the 6-foot-8 center arched his back, held onto the ball and rolled it in as his body was already gliding on the other side of the basket. He also was fouled and made the free throw for a 59-27 lead.
"He gave me the signal," Branch said, "so I put it up. He can jump to the moon, so I had a little room for error on that pass. Charles really made me look good, though."
Pittman led Maryland in scoring with 17 points, on six-for-nine shooting. Reserve forward Pete Holbert scored a career-high 16 points. Steve Rivers scored 11, Herman Veal 11, and Driesell--the crowd's favorite--hit three of four jumpers and totaled eight points.
"At first, I didn't know whether they were with me or not," Driesell said. "But I really like it. Anybody can use the support. I feel I can shoot, but I don't get angry or anything sitting on the bench. He (Lefty) told me I'll have to make it own my own. Maybe that's why he waits a little longer to put me in the game sometimes."
Hofstra (11-11), routed by American Saturday night, shot 34 percent from the field and 52 percent from the foul line. Center David Taylor, who averages 18 points per game, made just four of 20 shots and scored 11 points. Taylor also leads the East Coast Conference in rebounding (11 per game) but had only five last night, as Hofstra was outrebounded, 51-31.
Lefty Driesell was pleased with his team's performance--Maryland shot 57 percent and 88 percent from the line--but cautioned: "Hofstra ain't a nationally ranked team or anything, but we had fun and relaxed. It should give us a boost for the North Carolina game (in Chapel Hill) on Thursday."