Terps Continue To Roll, Beat Ok. State in Stillwater.

Featured, Sports and Bets — December 21, 2014 at 9:38 pm by

His name is Jake Layman and he is kicking major basketball ass in 2014.  Layman led Maryland to a nice road win today, scoring 21 points in the Terps’ 73-64 win at hostile Stillwater today. The Layman-led Turtles only trailed for roughly five of the game’s forty minutes.  That was in the middle of the first half.  But Layman dunked to put the Terps up 19-18.  Then Maryland hit six of ten shots to end the half to take a 32-27 lead into the locker room.  They never looked back after that, opening the second half with six straight field goals on their way to staking a seventeen point lead.  All the while, Layman was the focal point of the Maryland attack.  He hit 3 of 5 from beyond the arc, he was effective with his mid-range jumper, and he drove the lane for several lay-ups and dunks; one of which settled the Terps back into control after a late Oklahoma State run.  He also pulled down eleven rebounds and logged two assists and three steals.  It was a complete effort from the rising junior.

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This was a nice win for Maryland.  Oklahoma State, while not ranked, is always a solid program and they’re known for their defensive pressure under head coach Travis Ford.  Maryland handled the Okie State D, and the hostile environment, tremendously well.  That’s a testament to freshman point guard Melo Trimble and his mature play.  Coach Turgeon has complete faith in his basketball QB.  Last year, Maryland exhibited spotty point guard play in good times and awful point guard play in bad times.  The position wasn’t rock solid in the 2013-14 season, but now it is thanks to Trimble’s arrival. Point guard play can make all the difference on the road and twice now, once today and once earlier this season versus Iowa State, Trimble has excelled away from College Park and handled hostile crowds.  (The Iowa State game was at a neutral site, but it was essentially a home game for Iowa State.) Trimble has extreme handle and he can definitely fill up the bucket.  He had 15 point and four assists today.  Throw in his clutch and money free-throw shooting and we’ve got a superstar on our hands here in College Park.

Now Maryland is 11-1 with conference play looming.  After passing another nice road test, the Terps seem ready.  Dez Wells, Maryland’s leading scorer before he injured his wrist, is due back in practice the day after Christmas.  Whether he will be ready to play against Oakland on the 27th, or at Michigan State on the 30th, remains to be seen.  Maryland has done well in his absence, but Well’s return will be a definite boost to this club. With three of their first Big 10 games on the road, the Terps’ young mettle will be tested. Well’s return and two away wins should give the boys in red the confidence they need to plow forward through this early Big 10 schedule.

Other Game Notes

Richaud Pack only went 1-5 from the field, but he hauled in ten rebounds.  Guard help down low, babes.

Maryland was 10-26 from three-point land.  Layman, Jared Nickens, Dion Wiley, and Evan Smotrycz all hit big three-bombs at various points of the game.

Speaking of Wiley, he logged 22 minutes and scored seven points.

Jared Nickens started and scored 11.

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Jon Graham and Michal Chekovsky only logged five minutes each.  When he’s on the floor, Graham hustles like nobody else.  Love the attitude and the effort.

Two days after Christmas, the Terps will take on Oakland at Xfinity Center.

Let’s Go Terps!

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