For the second time in three games, sophomore Jake Layman was the star, as the Massachusetts native scored 25 points in an 88-77 Maryland win over the Grand Bahamas All-Stars Friday afternoon.
Layman was 5-of-8 from three-point range on Friday afternoon, on his way to averaging 21.3 points per game over the three-game stint in the Caribbean.
“We got better as the week went on,” Turgeon said in a release from the school. “It was a great overall trip. On the court, we defeated three teams away from home, faced a number of different situations, handled adversity well and had the opportunity to play every healthy player on our roster.”
Three-point shooting was a major area of concern for Maryland last season, having shot just 33.6 percent from behind the arc. If Layman is able to fill the role of go-to three-point shooter from the stretch forward position, it would open up driving lanes for guards Dez Wells and Seth Allen, as well as interior opportunities for Shaquille Cleare and Charles Mitchell.
Mitchell had 12 points against the Grand Bahamas All-Stars.
Nick Faust scored 20 points on Friday and Allen, coming off a 26-point game on Wednesday night, poured in another 15.
“We have been able to spend quality time and have a lot of fun together as a basketball family,” Turgeon said.
Maryland will spend the evening in the Bahamas and then depart for the United States on Saturday. The team spent a total of six days in the islands.
Team workouts resume on Sept. 3.