Terps finish off ACU with 29-0 run
Maryland 67, Abilene Christian 44
COLLEGE PARK--Coming off a hard-fought season-opening loss to No. 18 Connecticut on Friday night, this was supposed to be the tune-up game, the one where Maryland adjusts and experiments against an opponent with which they should have no problem.
The first half was anything but that. The Terrapins turned the ball over 12 times and trailed, 30-29, at the mid-point.
It took some time, but with the help of some Abilene Christian turnovers Maryland clawed its way back to take its first lead in over 20 minutes of game time with 12:24 to play and never relinquished it, ending the game on a dominating 29-0 run and escaping an early scare with a 67-44 win over Abilene Christian on Wednesday night at Comcast Center in College Park.
Jake Layman led the Terrapins with 19 points.
LAYMAN FUELS SECOND-HALF FIRE
A sluggish Maryland team trailed 44-38 with 13:24 to play in the second half. Then Jake Layman caught fire. The sophomore scored 14 points as part of a larger 18-0 Maryland run over the course of the next three minutes, pushing the Terrapins to a 56-44 lead.
Over those final 13-plus minutes, Maryland outscored Abilene Christian, 29-0. Layman finished with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting.
DEZ WELLS SITS ALMOST ALL OF FIRST HALF
After starting at his natural shooting guard position, Wells played just five minutes and had two points in the first half. He talked separately with assistant coach Scott Spinelli while the team huddled up before the second half began and was not on the floor to begin the final 20 minutes.
He entered the game with just under 19 minutes to play.
Though he did not score much in the second half, finishing with just four points, his presence was a catalyst for Maryland. His dribble penetration set up Layman for open looks from the perimeter and he capitalized.
RODDY PETERS GETS THE START
Head coach Mark Turgeon said he wanted to switch up Maryland’s substitution patterns and lineups to try to get players back to their natural positions. To begin the game, that’s what he did. Freshman Roddy Peters got his first career start and Wells was moved to shooting guard.
Peters finished with four points and two assists.
CHARLES MITCHELL AGAIN BRIGHT SPOT
Charles Mitchell might not have started on Wednesday night, but he was the lone bright spot in the first half with eight points and seven rebounds. His improved conditioning continued to show signs of paying off, as he was more explosive at the rim and able to finish at the basket.
He kept the momentum going in the second half and finished with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.
ALL OF THE TURNOVERS
Maryland turned the ball over 12 times in the first half as Turgeon toyed with the lineup. Division III transfer Varun Ram played 12 minutes in the opening period with Wells on the bench.
But the Terrapins cleaned it up in the second. Maryland only turned the ball over three times in the final 20 minutes.
Make faces Pac-12 foe Oregon State on Sunday at 6 p.m.