Terps Cruise To 67-56 Win Over North Carolina Central

Sports and Bets — December 10, 2014 at 10:24 pm by

Maryland’s cupcake run continued Wednesday night with an eleven point, cruise-control, win over last year’s MEAC Champion, North Carolina Central.  Maryland struggled a bit out of the gate and with 9:17 left in the first half the score was just 14-12 and the Terps had chucked the ball all over the gym.  But then Jake Layman took over.  Over the next four minutes, Jake would hit two three-pointers, assist on three buckets, and grab a defensive rebound.  When the dust cleared at the 4:44 mark, the Terps had staked a 31-14 lead.  They wouldn’t look back.  By halftime the lead had grown to 39-18.  Maryland would sail from there, keeping the lead in the 16-20 point range until it was Varun Ram time with around four minutes to go in the game.  N.C. Central would cut into the Terp lead as the minutes and seconds ticked off of the Xfinity Center game clock, but the contest was never in doubt.  This was an easy W for the Red and White.

Jake Layman’s game has blossomed.  I love watching this kid play.  Layman can take power forwards to the rack with his quicks and with his finishing ability, and he’s got too much size for the small forwards.  He can pop that three and he has really become aggressive in driving the paint and getting to the basket.  Layman had a few nice takes tonight, including a give-and-go that he orchestrated with Damonte Dodd.  Layman finished that pass from Dodd off with a screaming dunk.  That aggressive, go to the rim, mentality wasn’t there for Layman last year.  It’s definitely there this season, and it’s turned him into perhaps the most complete player on the team.  Tonight he was 6-9 from the field and 3-5 from three, to finish with 15 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds.  Real pleasant.

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Richaud Pack led all Maryland scorers with 17.  He pitched in five rebounds and hustle for days.  Notice that even when the bench get emptied late, Pack stays in the game.  That’s because he’s an example on defense and a steadying floor presence.  Pack seems like an absolute character and leadership recruit for Coach Turgeon- Pack transferred in and is enrolled in graduate school at Maryland.  Just from watching the games this year, it seems Pack is the other leader besides Wells that this team had been starving for.

 

Trimble remains smooth.  He scored 12 and was 8 for 8 from the charity stripe.

Jared Nickens is an absolute weapon off the bench.  He nailed two three’s during that big first-half run.  The three was a huge factor for Maryland again tonight.  They hit 7 of 15 from deep range and it was the three’s from Layman and Nickens that sparked the offense out of its slow start.

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Maryland is a take it to the rack squad.  Coming into tonight’s game Maryland was ranked third in the country in free-throws made and eighth in free-throws attempted.

Jordan Parks played all 40 minutes for N.C. Central and had 18 points to lead all scorers.  Parks had major game and he’s just another example of how deep talent runs these days in college hoops.  Guy like him could play anywhere.

Next up, the Terps take on USC Upstate in College Park at 11 A.M. on Saturday.  Weekend brunch with the turtles, babes.

 

stats: ESPN

 

 

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