COLLEGE PARK--Regardless of where Maryland ends up playing in the postseason, it couldn’t afford a loss at home to a team that is 2-14 in ACC play.
After a slow start in the first half, Maryland put together 20 solid minutes of basketball in the second half, turning a one-point halftime deficit into a 17-point victory, 64-47, over Virginia Tech on Tuesday night at Comcast Center.
Jake Layman bounced back from a poor shooting performance against Clemson on Sunday to lead Maryland in scoring on Tuesday, scoring 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting and grabbing five rebounds.
Dez Wells added 11 points, including a thunderous slam on the break in the second half, and Seth Allen had eight and five assists.
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Maryland 64, Virginia Tech 47
CHARLES MITCHELL DOES NOT PLAY IN SECOND HALF
Sophomore forward Charles Mitchell did not return to the floor with his Terrapin teammates when Maryland emerged from the tunnel for the second half.
After scoring four points and grabbing two rebounds in the first half, both he and special assistant Juan Dixon were not on the bench for the final 20 minutes.
He returned to the bench along with Dixon part of the way through the second half. He participated in the team huddle and wore his warmup top while sitting at the end of the bench.
More updates on his status will be provided as it becomes available.
THREES START TO FALL IN SECOND
A three-point barrage coming out of the game in the second half helped Maryland to push its lead to 12 points with 12:44 to play. During a 15-point stretch over the course of 3:29, Jake Layman hit two threes, Nick Faust made two more, and Seth Allen added one for good measure.
The shooting would cool off, but the early push made the difference.
WINNING TURNOVER BATTLE
Though they did not rebound well, Maryland had one of its most efficient games of the season when it came to not turning over the basketball. The Terrapins turned it over just five times while forcing 17 Hokie turnovers. That big margin was the equalizer considering the issue below.
Their first-half shooting percentage wasn’t as bad as it was on Sunday vs. Clemson. They turned the ball over just two times. But why did they trail by one at the break? A lack of rebounding. A bad one.
The Terrapins were outrebounded by 10 through 20 minutes of game play, including eight Hokie offensive rebounds that translated into 10 second-chance points. That negated the fact that they had (+5) mark in turnovers and led 7-0 in fastbreak points.
Maryland finished (-10) in rebounding margin and allowed 19 second-chance points.
Turgeon said earlier in the week that, to this point in the season, he has been unable to play around with a lineup combination that has Roddy Peters and Seth Allen on the floor at the same time. The idea is to have Allen at the two-guard spot and Peters at the point, thus freeing Allen to score without being burdened with having to distribute.
There were mixed results, with Peters having some trouble driving at times. Allen’s eight points meant Layman and others were the offensive focal points.