Maryland Paradise Jam preview
Haven’t we seen this one before? Low-major team, questionable guard play, slow first half start? The setting was just different, this time at Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands, but Friday night’s 68-43 win over Marist felt a lot like Maryland’s victory over Abilene Christian close to two weeks ago on Nov. 12.
Jake Layman led all scorers with 16 points, including 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range, as the Terrapins overcame a slow start in the first half to pull away in the second. Layman also added eight rebounds and a block on the evening.
Sophomore Charles Mitchell was again solid in the post, scoring 12 points, grabbing eight rebounds and blocking two shots in the win.
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Maryland 68, Marist 43
MEN OF THE SECOND HALF
Maryland struggled through the first half, but came out hot in the second. A quick 10-0 run ballooned the lead from just six points at the break to 16 with 17 minutes left to play.
Just as it was against Abilene Christian on Nov. 12, Layman was a second-half catalyst. He finished with 16 points.
PETERS GETS START AT POINT GUARD
After speculation throughout the week, freshman Roddy Peters did indeed get the start at the point guard spot. Maryland’s offense as a whole started stagnant in the first half and Peters did not start on the floor to begin the second.
He was replaced by Wells and that is when the Maryland offense took off on its 10-0. But that is not to say that the reason the run happened is because of Peters’ absence. The freshman turned the ball over just once, compared to four by Wells.
Peters finished with nine points on 2-of-8 shooting with two assists and one turnover.
TROUBLE WITH THE ZONE
Marist mixed in a zone defense in the first half that gave Maryland’s perimeter players a problem in the first half. Nick Faust, Dez Wells, and Roddy Peters combined 1-of-12 from the floor and added four total turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
Though the team as a whole played better in the second half by feeding the ball to Layman and Mitchell, the guard triumvirate finished 6-of-24 from the field on the night.
CLEARE ‘LOOSENING UP’?
Mitchell said earlier this week that his roommate, fellow sophomore Shaquille Cleare would play better if he would just “loosen up” a bit. Friday could be a solid stepping stone for Cleare.
He appeared more patient and effective on the offensive end than he has all season, scoring eight points on perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds.