The Terps (8-3) outmuscled the Owls finishing with 44 points in the paint. Florida Atlantic (5-7) was plagued all game with 17 turnovers opposed to Maryland's 11.
The Terps went into the half leading the Owls 39-27 with help from Greivis Vasquez, who lead at scorers with 12 points at the break. Maryland held Florida Atlantic to only 29.7 percent shooting during the first half.
Senior Greivis Vasquez finished the game with 26 points and 8 rebounds. This impressive performance marks Vasquez's third straight game with 20 or more points.
I don't know if there was a lot of pressure, but things weren't going smoothly with me, and I've got to get myself going as the leader of the team. In the last couple weeks, I've been feeling good, and I'm just going to continue to get better," Vasquez said. Landon Milbourne's silky smooth shooting gave him 19 points to accompany Vasquez.
"I've put a lot of time in every day before and after practice and in the off-season. It was one of the things I wanted to fix about my game after my freshman year, and now I'm definitely getting my shot a lot, Milbourne said. The shortest man on the court, FAU's Raymond Taylor who is listed at 5'6, played much bigger than his size. Coming into the game averaging 17.6 points per game, the speedy freshman finished with 16, with even missing part of the second half with an injury.
Cliff Tucker, playing in place of Sean Mosley, finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Mosley sat this game out due to an injury to his ankle that occurred on Christmas night. Coach Gary Williams mentioned that the sophomore guard could have played, but it was a better option to rest him for the next game against William & Mary.
Florida Atlantic was able to hang around all game for the most part, but the Terps lead by double digits for the majority of the contest. Maryland finally put it away late in the second half to get the easy victory.
The Terps lost the rebounding battle once again 49-45, which continues to be a glaring weakness of this Maryland squad. Maryland will get a chance to work on their rebounding in practice before facing off against a talented William & Mary team on Wednesday.