BALTIMORE, NOV. 27 -- As usual, Derrick Lewis was there for Maryland, to swat shots and hit turnarounds. But this season the Terrapins have some players to complement the senior forward, and the combination proved more than enough to open the season with a 74-60 victory tonight over Loyola of Baltimore in the first round of the MCI-Harbor Classic before 6,914 at the Baltimore Arena.

Maryland (1-0) will play in Saturday's 9 p.m. championship game. against Mississippi, which defeated St. Joseph's, 59-51. Loyola will play St. Joseph's in the consolation game at 7.

Junior college transfer Rudy Archer and freshman center/forward Cedric Lewis were the key additives tonight as the Terrapins overcame a slow start to take a 37-29 halftime lead. Just after intermission, Loyola cut the lead to six, but never got any closer, and the Terrapins twice led by 17 points.

Archer, a junior college all-America point guard, was tentative in the Terrapins' 10-point exhibition loss to the Canadian national team, Nov. 18. Tonight, in his hometown, the former Southwestern High School star had 16 points in the first half and finished with a game-high 21. Archer moved as if he was in control of the game, especially when leading the break.

"It was like two different people," said Maryland Coach Bob Wade, who coached his first game in his hometown since taking over the Terrapins last fall. "I nagged him all week, asking him if the real Rudy Archer was going to show up. I told him we were going back home and not to embarrass himself or me. He took a lot of verbal abuse from the coaches this week because we know what kind of player this young man is."

Freshman center Brian Williams is the other new Terrapin this season, and his was a night of frustration. The Terrapins started slow, trailing by 11-1 -- and Williams was collecting fouls as if they were stamps. His third came just 6:17 into the game, and gave Marcus Hamwright the opportunity to shoot two free throws that gave Loyola a 15-5 lead.

"The thing that bothered me was the fouls were not in continuum with the other fouls and the action that was going on," said Williams, who eventually fouled out with five points. "Unfortunately, it's not something you can control. But I'll be back."

Cedric Lewis had been watching Williams getting whistled.

"When Brian got his second, I could see they were trying to get him out of the game," he said. "I had to psych myself up early to do what the coaches wanted me to do so when I was sent in, I was ready."

The 6-9 Lewis came to Maryland with the reputation of being a shot blocker, like his 6-7 older brother. Offensively, he was thought to need work. Tonight he made three of his four shots and four free throws for 10 points, to go along with four rebounds and three blocked shots.

"Cedric Lewis did a fantastic job," Wade said. "I was surprised offensively. He's worked hard this week. He wasn't catching the ball first {before turning to the basket} in the Canadian game. My hat's off to him."

After Hamwright's free throws, Archer scored twice to begin a 20-6 Maryland run. Derrick Lewis, who finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots, fed his brother for a basket for the first time in their college careers. That score put Maryland ahead, 20-19, with 7:55 left in the half. The Terrapins never trailed again.

"It felt real good to play with my brother," Cedric said. "I missed playing with him in {Archbishop Carroll} high school."

With his team outmanned, Loyola Coach Mark Amatucci tried to use a smaller, quicker lineup. It worked for a while, but not long enough.

"The first 10 minutes, we executed the way we wanted to," said Amatucci, whose team was led by Mike Morrison's 17 points. "But Maryland wore us down and we weren't patient enough."

Wade countered by using three guards, substituting Teyon McCoy for Dave Dickerson for much of the game. Steve Hood had a tough night from the field (two of 10), but made nine of 12 from the free throw line for 13 points, and totaled a game-high 11 rebounds.

Wade used nine players tonight, which in itself was a change from last season. Derrick Lewis still played 39 minutes, but even he got a rest.

"It was nice change," he said with a smile.