Published December 12, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Nick Faust scored 16 points, Alex Len had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Maryland beat Monmouth 71-38 Wednesday night for its ninth straight victory.
It's the Terrapins' longest winning streak since they won 13 consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference games en route to capturing the national championship in 2002. The current run has come entirely against non-league foes.
Dez Wells scored 10 for the Terrapins (9-1), who never trailed in handing Monmouth (5-6) its third straight lopsided defeat. The Hawks were coming off a 19-point home loss to Navy and a 52-point setback at Syracuse.
Maryland shot 58 percent to offset a season-high 23 turnovers.
After Monmouth closed to 31-23 early in the second half, the Terrapins used a 17-4 run to pull away. Faust opened the spree with a 3-pointer and Len contributed eight points, including two dunks and a follow-shot.
Khalil Brown led the Hawks with 10 points. Monmouth made only 14 baskets and converted a dismal 21 percent of their shots from the floor.
The Terrapins shot 62 percent in the first half but led by only 31-21 because they committed 14 turnovers — including four apiece by Faust and Seth Allen. Monmouth took 17 more shots and held a 10-1 advantage in offensive rebounds, but leading scorer Andrew Nicholas went 0 for 7 from the field and did not make a basket the entire game.
Maryland made its first seven shots in taking a 15-5 lead. Len scored on a hook in the lane and off an alley-oop pass from Faust, James Padgett made a layup and a three-point play and Wells capped the surge with successive layups.
Maybe it came too easy, because the Terrapins began to get careless on both ends of the court. Not only did Maryland miss six of its next eight shots, but the Terrapins had 10 turnovers in the opening 14 minutes and let the Hawks close to 20-16.
Faust then tipped in a miss shot, was fouled and converted the three-point play to spark an 11-5 run.