Maryland remained perfect at home with a blowout 96-to-55 win Friday over St. Francis, which saw minutes from all 14 active players on its roster. Robert Carter's near triple-double with 20 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds and Jake Layman's 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting led the Terrapins to a comfortable win at home.
Maryland returned home bloodthirsty after its first loss of the season at North Carolina, dominating the Red Flash from the beginning.
The Terrapins went up by double digits less than four minutes into the game, thanks to 5 points from Jake Layman, a pair of inside shots from Damonte Dodd and four free throws from Robert Carter.
Layman never cooled off, shooting perfect from the floor in the first half, connecting on all three of his 3-points tries, the most he's made in an entire game this season.
Stellar team defense contributed to Maryland's 45-24 halftime lead. The Terrapins forced 8 turnovers, coming away with 5 steals and two blocks.
The game was decided pretty quickly, but things got heated for a moment after Rasheed Sulaimon hit a step-back three over Greg Brown to put the Terps up 19-6. Players exchanged words in front of the referee resulting in a double-technical foul. Sulaimon then lightened the vibe at Xfinity Center, drawing a charge on the next possession.
Maryland coasted into the second half, with its lead allowing for the bottom of coach Mark Turgeon's rotation and bench to find some minutes.
The Red Flash shot 30 percent from the field on the game, making Maryland's unreal 67 percent unnecessary.
Energy levels remained high at Xfinity Center though, as Michal Cekovsky opened the second half aggressive, scoring 5 straight points, including an and-1.
Freshman Ivan Bender saw his first collegiate minutes after being suspended for the Terrapins first 6 games of the season for eligibility reasons. He and classmate Kent Auslander scored their first points of their careers.
It was an easy recovery game for Maryland before the team heads to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday to take on the Connecticut Huskies in the Jimmy V Classic.
Three things to know:
1. Jake Layman broke out of his shooting slump. The senior opened with the game's first basket, and finished the half with 11 points on perfect 4-of-4 shooting. He finished the game with 16 points on 5-7 shooting including four 3-point makes. He'd scored less than 10 points in each of the Terrapin last three outings. Getting Layman back into his comfort zone offensively is key to a more balanced box score than the one Maryland had against North Carolina.
2. Jaylen Brantley got more playing time in the blowout. Turgeon mentioned the need to find more guard depth, mainly alluding to Brantley, after Sulaimon and Trimble each played more than 35 minutes against North Carolina. Brantley hit his stride late in the first half, hitting his first made field goal attempt and his first 3-point make. He finished with 7 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist in 15 minutes off the bench. Finding more rest time for Trimble in the regular season will mean a lot come March.
3. Maryland blew out a weaker opponent it should have blown out. The Red Storm have a loss to Kent State, a double-digit loss to Maryland Eastern-Shore and a 31-point loss at Notre Dame. Maryland ran away with this one in a 41-point dominating win. This was a cupcake, and was perfectly scheduled to follow the battle between top-10 teams at the Dean Dome on Tuesday.