The second act of Maryland's two-game midseason break from the Atlantic Coast Conference proved mercifully easier than the first. But in the overall picture, just as rewarding.

Boston University sharpshooter Reggie Stewart provided a brief scare with a first-half display that took "one-man team" to new levels, but the Terrapins weathered the outburst and coasted to an 85-59 victory over the Terriers before 6,579 last night at Cole Field House.

Maryland Coach Gary Williams said afterward that he had been concerned about the residual effects of Saturday's triumph at South Florida, when the Terrapins rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit for a six-point win in one of the school's largest comebacks ever.

Maryland (10-7) wasn't exactly at an emotional peak last night, but the Terrapins avoided a letdown with a usually smooth, efficient performance against outmanned Boston (6-10) -- which beat Maryland a year ago, a fact that Williams said he reminded his players of during Monday's practice.

"It was definitely mentioned," Williams said.

" . . . I thought we did a good job coming off Saturday's win. That game was as emotional a game as I have ever been a part of, so I thought it might be hard for us to get ready to play {last night}. This was one of those games where we just had to grind it out."

That the Terrapins did, shooting 59 percent and moving the ball well (they had 24 assists) in their third game without injured point guard Walt Williams.

Matt Roe, with 19 points, led Maryland in scoring for the fourth time in five games. Cedric Lewis made six of seven shots and had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Garfield Smith contributed 13 points. Kevin McLinton had nine assists.

That was more than enough to offset the exploits of Stewart, who made five of 11 three-point tries and finished with his second straight 30-point game. The senior guard scored the Terriers' first 14 points and 18 of their initial 22. He had 20 of Boston's 26 points at halftime, including seven of its eight field goals. And he assisted on the other one.

"He's as good a shooter as I've seen this year," Lewis said. "We just couldn't stop him for a while there."

Gary Williams insisted that one player usually cannot produce a victory single-handedly -- then remembered that the Terrapins return to ACC play by entertaining North Carolina State on Saturday and mused that Wolfpack guard Rodney Monroe "probably will get 50."

Said Stewart: "I was just doing my thing. When I've got my shot going, I'm pretty hard to stop."

The Terrapins and Stewart, who came into the game averaging 16.7 points, battled through the early going. Maryland got six points from Roe in bolting to a 15-8 lead, but Stewart shot the Terriers back into contention.

He had three three-pointers within the opening 5 1/2 minutes, the last of which pulled Boston within 15-14.

The Terrapins responded with a pair of inside baskets by Lewis, but a three-pointer by Terriers reserve guard Sotiris Manolopoulos -- Boston's first non-Stewart points -- narrowed the deficit to 19-17 just over 13 minutes before halftime.

From there, however, things became much easier for Maryland.

After Stewart's jumper brought the Terriers within 21-19, the Terrapins rolled to the game's next 12 points -- on five layups and a dunk. Three steals and a Lewis block spurred the burst, with junior guard Matt Downing getting the final three baskets for a 33-19 edge.

After the Terriers closed the gap to nine, Maryland scored the last six points before halftime for a 41-26 lead at the break.

For the half, Stewart shot seven of 12, while the rest of the Terriers were one of 10. Ten of the Terps' 19 field goals in the half, meanwhile, were dunks or layups.

Any doubts about the outcome were put to rest early in the second half, with Maryland scoring the initial 12 points for a 53-26 cushion. The Terrapins' largest lead came moments later, at 59-29, and Boston got no closer than 18 thereafter.

"These last two games were good for us," Maryland forward Vince Broadnax said. "It gives us confidence and momentum going into Saturday."

Said Roe: "I thought {last night} was the first time all season we went out and played two halves with no letdowns. We need to carry that into Saturday. . . . N.C. State is a pivotal game for us."