Maryland tipped off their play in the Paradise Jam on Friday by defeating Marist, 68-43 behind another strong performance by sophomore Jake Layman, who finished with 16 points, including 4/6 from beyond the arc. After struggling mightily on the defensive side of the ball against Oregon State on Sunday, the Terps looked like a different team on defense, but instead struggled on the offensive end, mostly during the first half.
Freshman Roddy Peters got his second start, with junior transfer Evan Smotrycz going to the bench for Mark Turgeon's team. Peters joined Dez Wells, Shaq Cleare, Jake Layman and Nick Faust to round out the starting five for Maryland.
The Terps struggled early in what was a tightly called game by the officials. Dez Wells, who led Maryland in scoring last season, quickly picked up two fouls which limited him to just eight minutes in the first half. Smotrycz, coming of the bench for the first time this season, also picked up two quick fouls and was on the court for just six minutes in the first half.
Roddy Peters struggled to get the offense in sync and played a lot of the half at the two guard spot, with transfer Varun Ram playing 13 minutes in the half with Wells in foul trouble. Peters, who finished with nine points and two assists, had numerous shots blocked while attempting to scoop the ball up to the backboard for a layup, but was eventually able to start scoring more easily.