Maryland Completes Two-Game Sweep of VT

Terps hold on to win 60-55 after up and down first half.

The Maryland Terrapins traveled to Blacksburg, VA Thursday night, looking for their first ACC road win of the season. In their first meeting in College Park, the Terps easily defeated Virginia Tech 94-71. It wasn't quite as easy for the Terps this time around. Maryland held on to win the game 60-55.

Freshman Jake Layman exploded for a career-high 20 points in their first matchup. Layman picked up where he left off last game. He scored seven of the Terps first nine points. But after starting the game three for three from the field, Layman finished the first half shooting 0 for his last four attempts.

With 10:04 left in the first half, the Terps led the Hokies 21-10. In the last 10 minutes, the Terps made only three field goals. Virginia Tech went on a 17-3 run and led at the half 27-24.

The Terps started the second half much like they started the first half: on fire. Jake Layman scored five quick points and the Terps opened the half on a 9-0 run. Maryland led for the last 19 minutes on the way to their first ACC road win.

In their first matchup, Terps coach Mark Turgeon said that he would make players other than Erick Green beat them. It looked like Maryland had the same mentality in round two. Green did his part, scoring a game-high 29 points. Cadarian Raines (14 points) was the only other player that made any type of impact on offense for the Hokies.

Layman finished the game with a team-high 14 points. Sophomore Alex Len wasn't much of a factor in the game, but ended up scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds. Senior James Padgett had a rough start (1-3 from the field, 0-2 from the free throw line, two turnovers and a foul), but played well for the rest of the game. Padgett finished with eight points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore Dez Wells scored eight points and had nine rebounds.

Maryland continued to turn the ball over (14 turnovers), but held Virginia Tech to just 33.8 percent from the field and 11.1 percent (2-18) from beyond the arc. The Terps were terrible from the line, making just 10 of their 23 attempts.

With the win, the Terps improve to 17-6 on the season and 5-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia Tech falls to 11-11 overall and 2-7 in the ACC. The Terps will return home Sunday to take on the Virginia Cavaliers (16-6, 6-3 ACC). Tip off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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