Maryland passes final exam with win over Florida Atlantic

Maryland passes final exam with win over Florida Atlantic
December 14, 2013, 4:00 pm

Midnight Madness returns to Cole Field House

COLLEGE PARK--This was Maryland’s final exam of the first semester, the last game before the team takes a week break to complete their non-basketball tests, the ones that involves pencils and papers in the classroom.

Like many multipart tests, the Terrapins were strong in parts and weak in others, starting well, struggling in the middle, and finishing the job in the end in a 66-62 victory over Florida Atlantic on Saturday afternoon at Comcast Center in College Park.

Jake Layman led Maryland with 22 points, including the three-pointer that sealed the game with 0:37 to play. Guard Nick Faust drove the lane and kicked the ball out to Layman on the perimeter and he stepped up to knock the shot down.

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FINAL

Maryland 66, Florida Atlantic 62

ANNOUNCED ATTENDANCE

9,265

[RELATED: Injury update on guard Seth Allen before Saturday's game]

HEADLINES

SHAQUILLE CLEARE HAS BEST GAME OF SEASON

It has been a season of a few ups and many downs for sophomore Shaquille Cleare this season. He has started every game, but never made more of an impact than he did on Saturday afternoon.

Cleare was aggressive on the interior from the opening possession. He was not fed the ball in the post, but was fundamentally sound in having his hands up and putting himself in a position to score when Maryland guards and forwards slashed to the basket and drew defenders.

He finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and added five rebounds.

NICK FAUST, BACKUP POINT GUARD?

There was decidedly less Varun Ram in the Maryland lineup on Saturday afternoon, replaced instead by Nick Faust in the backup role behind Roddy Peters. Faust played well in the first half and maybe the backup role is the answer for him.

Kept with the ball in his hands, he was efficient--more so than he has been in recent games--and had eight points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor to go along with three rebounds, three assists, and just one turnover in the first half.

When he was moved off the ball in the second, the inefficiencies began to take back over. Two wild shots stifled Maryland scoring opportunities. He did redeem himself in the final minute, though, driving the lane and dishing to an open Jake Layman for three to seal the game.

He finished 3-of-9 from the floor for eight points, but had five rebounds, five assists and just two turnovers.

DEZ WELLS QUIETER AFTER CAREER NIGHT

After a dominating career night for Dez Wells against Boston CollegeWells was just 1-of-5 from the floor in the first half for three points.

It looked as though he was poised to break out in the second, scoring five points within the first 1:55 of the second half. That included an impressive layup plus the foul that showed off his impressive body control around the rim. First flying in for the dunk, Wells was fouled and altered his shot to lay it in off the glass for two. He would hit the free throw.

But he was quieter after that point, finishing with 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting. He added six rebounds.