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Oglesby, Clemson bury Maryland

Feb 18, 2009 - 7:07 AM CLEMSON, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Terrence Oglesby finished with 16 points and Demontez Stitt added 15 as 13th-ranked Clemson cruised past Maryland, 93-64, on Tuesday.

K.C. Rivers added 14 points and Trevor Booker chipped in 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Tigers (21-4, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who bounced back from an overtime loss at Virginia on Sunday.

Clemson took a 34-28 lead at the half and put the game away with a 27-8 run, which was capped by Stitt's 3-pointer with 10:41 left in the game. The Tigers shot 58 percent (37-of-64) in the contest and hit 12-of-26 attempts from beyond the arc.

"We can score in transition, but if we get out of that and into our half-court sets, we're in trouble," Maryland coach Gary Williams told the Baltimore Sun.

"They got hot and made some really good shots, and (we) seemed to have trouble scoring."

Clemson dominated the second half, shooting 24-of-35 (69 percent) from the field and 9-of-17 from beyond the arc. Rivers led the surge with 10 points after the break while Oglesby had nine and Booker grabbed eight boards in the final 20 minutes.

"Clemson is going to hurt a lot of teams with their size and athletic ability, especially here, and they did that to us tonight," Williams told the newspaper.

"Booker is a proven player and he hurt us."

The Tigers never took their foot off the pedal, getting 34 points off the bench - 30 after the break - and taking their biggest lead on little-used freshman Catalin Baciu's layup with nine seconds left.

"(Booker) blocks shots, he runs and passes, he changes the game," Clemson coach Oliver Purnell told the newspaper. "He has that kind of ability. He's goes up on the glass like that, and it kind of ignited our team. It maybe deflated them a little bit."

After committing 21 turnovers against Virginia, Clemson cut its miscues to 12 against the Terrapins.

Landon Milbourne scored 13 points and Greivis Vasquez added 12 for Maryland (16-9, 5-6), which was held to 39 percent (23-of-59) from the field and dropped back below .500 in the ACC.

"We're 5-6 in this league, and we've got some big games coming up," Williams told the newspaper. "We're still a good basketball team."

The Terrapins, who had won two straight, have yet to win three in a row in ACC play.