Terps win exhibition opener in Bahamas

Terps win exhibition opener in Bahamas
August 7, 2013, 10:30 am
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It's not all palm trees and crystal-clear water for the Terps in the Bahamas, as Nick Faust may have led you to believe with a video he posted to Instagram yesterday.

Maryland is indeed on its trip to the Caribbean to get some reps in, beginning last night with a 92-84 win over the Bahama All-Stars.

Sophomore Jake Layman, who had been buzzed about for making positive strides in the offseason, led all Maryland scorers with 25 points. 

Layman, a 6-8, 205-pound native of Wrentham, Mass., averaged 5.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game last season.

"We played hard the entire game," Turgeon said in a release from the school. "It was a good challenge for our team because we saw a lot of different defenses - zone, man-to-man and full-court pressure.  They tried to keep us off balance, so it was a good test for us."

Another bright spot was Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz, who will be eligible to play this season after sitting out a year in accordance with the NCAA's transfer policy. He tallied a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Turgeon has spoken in the offseason about Smotrycz's development, which has also helped other players like Layman improve.

One of the biggest questions for the Terrapins heading into this season will be at the point guard spot, a major area of concern in 2012-13.

Seth Allen scored 11 points on Tuesday night. He and freshman Roddy Peters appear to be Turgeon's preferred choices to split minutes at the lead guard position.

"We experienced a lot of different things tonight together as a team," Turgeon said. "We had some different lineups because of the early foul trouble.  But this provided us an opportunity for many of our guys to get valuable minutes."

Maryland will play two more games in the Bahamas before heading back stateside. The Terps play again Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

To see video highlights of Tuesday night's game, click here. (Highlights start around the 3:00 mark)