Maryland got 24 points from freshman center Brian Williams, shook off some first-half blahs and cruised to a 75-59 victory over East Carolina last night in front of 6,425 at Cole Field House.

"I felt good shooting tonight," said Williams, who set a school record by hitting 11 straight shots. "In the second half, we really buckled down and concentrated on running our plays."

The old team record of 10 straight field goal successes in a game was held by Barry Yates (1970) and Keith Gatlin (1985).

The plays were rather simple against this smallish band of Pirates: look once, then twice and maybe a third time to the 6-foot-10 Williams, who had four inches on the tallest Pirate, before looking for an outside shot.

"I thought Brian did a good job shooting the ball and Rudy {Archer} and Teyon {McCoy} did a good job feeding the post," Maryland Coach Bob Wade said.

The Terrapins (5-1) were ahead by 10 at halftime and they ended all suspense with a 17-4 run to start the second half. They eventually led by 26 points in the second half, and could have won by a much greater margin if Wade had not gone to his bench as much as he did. Besides gaining game time for his reserves, it saved the starters for Saturday's game at Louisiana State.

East Carolina's first-year coach, Mike Steele, whose team (2-2) lost by 49 points at Duke, said he thanked Wade for not running up the score.

"When they {Maryland} turn it on and get out after us and pressure us, they are comparable," Steele said in comparing the Terrapins to Duke. "But before that, Duke plays better defense. But then if Bob keeps the press on and doesn't use his bench as much, they could've beaten us by 50, too. I like his first six or seven, but there are other kids who won't play as much."

Williams was the key early in the first half and he keyed the second-half surge that put the game out of reach.

Williams, who had 14 points in the first half -- hitting seven of nine from the field -- scored to begin the second half and Archer added a free throw for a 35-22 lead with 2:05 gone in the period.

Stanley Love followed up a teammate's miss and Dominique Martin scored inside to cut the Maryland lead to 35-26 with 17:35 left in the game.

Then the Pirates' ship sank. Like a rock.

Archer, who finished with 14 points, hit a jumper from 16 feet and Williams scored three consecutive baskets on assists from McCoy (six assists).

A few moments later, Maryland inbounded under the East Carolina basket. On the play, Williams went out high as a safety valve. The pass went in to Archer in the right corner and, as Archer launched his jumper, Williams came down the lane and went high in the air. Archer's shot bounced away but Williams buried it, one-handed. Even through his mouth guard, a wild, excited smile could be seen on the freshman's face.

Archer ended the 17-4 run with two baskets that gave Maryland a 49-26 lead with 13:34 remaining.

As he did in Tuesday night's win over Mount Saint Mary's College, Wade started Cedric Lewis and Derrick Lewis (11 points, game-high nine rebounds) at forwards, Williams at center and Archer and McCoy at guards. But Wade used 10 players in the first half, and much of the time he went to a smaller lineup to match the Pirates.

The Terrapins' biggest lead in the first half was the 10-point margin at intermission. If the Pirates had been able to shoot with accuracy (instead of nine for 26, 34.6 percent), it would have been tighter.