COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said a recent dropoff in production from freshman Charles Mitchell was partly due to some weight gain from less conditioning and "probably eating a few pizzas at night."
Mitchell bounced back Saturday as he came off the bench to score a season-high 19 points and Maryland extended its winning streak to 11 games by beating Delaware State 79-50.
Dez Wells and freshman Seth Allen each scored 10 points for the Terrapins (11-1). Mitchell also had 14 rebounds for his third double-double.
Maryland has not lost since falling to then-No. 1 Kentucky 72-69 in the season opener. The current winning streak is Maryland's longest in 10 years.
"I feel like it's a new Charles Mitchell," said Mitchell, who put on about six extra pounds before working off the weight. "I got a little heavy, so I did some extra conditioning before and after practice. I just wanted to get my body back to the way it used to be. I just had to stay focused."
Tahj Tate had 20 points for Delaware State (5-8), which has lost three consecutive games.
The Terps came in holding opponents to 34.6 percent shooting from the field, ranked third nationally, and they continued that trend by holding Delaware State to 32.1 percent (18 of 56).
"We lost our composure," Delaware State coach Greg Jackson said. "We started taking quick shots, and that allowed them to get into transition and get easy buckets. When you're playing a team of that caliber you cannot afford to give them that many opportunities."
After the Terps trailed early, a jumper by Mitchell capped a 17-2 run and gave them a 32-16 lead with 4:43 left in the half. A layup by Jake Layman at the buzzer gave Maryland a 40-22 lead, with freshmen accounting for 26 of those points.
"We weren't doing the extra conditioning he needs," Turgeon said about Mitchell. "He has worked hard and has lost some weight. He works his tail off. He has great hands. He rushes some shots still, but he was good."
Maryland continued to pull away in the second half, and a layup by Wells increased the lead to 54-31 with 13:30 left. The Terps coasted the rest of the way.
"We are playing really good," Wells said. "Everybody is executing. Everyone is getting involved, so that is the most important."
Maryland has one more nonconference game Tuesday against IUPUI before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play Jan. 5 against Virginia Tech.
"Depth really helps us," Allen said. "I think we played great defensively for 40 minutes. We really played Maryland defense."
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