Maryland managed to keep the game close in the first half, using solid guard play from the likes of Terrell Stoglin and Pe'Shon Howard to stay afloat with a Florida State team that is quickly rising to the top tiers of the ACC.
Stoglin, the ACC's leading scorer, scored 13 of his 27 points in the first half, but struggled with his penetration, thanks in large part to Seminoles forward Bernard James. James, a 27-year-old, 6-foot-10 Air Force veteran who came to Florida State from Tallahassee Junior College, was a force in the paint Tuesday night, blocking two shots and altering countless Terrapin attempts. The senior ended the night with 17 points and six rebounds.
The Seminoles had led for over 100 straight minutes, spanning entire games with Virginia Tech and North Carolina, until a running hook by center Alex Len broke the streak at the 17:20 mark in the second half. Florida State quickly seized back the lead in the following seconds with a Luke Loucks three, sparking a 21-3 run by the home team, which crippled Maryland's hopes for a premier road win.
After a 32-point effort on Saturday against Carolina, guard Delvidas Dulkys was limited to just six points on 2-of-5 shooting on the evening, thanks in large part to the defensive efforts of senior guard Sean Mosley, who was largely ineffective in the second half after re-aggravating his bothersome ankle.
Florida State was able to find scoring in other places however, as guard Ian Miller turned in a career-high 18 points on 4-of-7 shooting. The Seminoles succeeded in spreading the wealth Tuesday, with four players scoring over 13 points.
Maryland, on the other hand, had quite a disparity in their scoring distribution. Stoglin ended the game with a team-high 27 points on 8-of-17 shooting, supplemented by a 10-point Nick Faust effort. James Padgett added eight points and three rebounds.
In a game that featured 39 fouls, Maryland was a disappointing 17-for-27 (63.0%) at the line, compared to their opponents 20-for-23 (87.0%) effort. However, the Terps were an impressive 24-of-48 (50.0%) from the field and 5-of-15 (33.3%) from beyond the arc.
With their first win against Maryland since January of 2009, Florida State improves to 12-6 and 3-1 in the ACC, while the Terps fall to 12-5 and 2-2 in the ACC. Maryland will again look for their first true road win of the season when they taken on Temple at Philadelphia's famed Palestra on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 11 a.m., with ESPNU providing coverage of the matchup.