Maryland took a different route to a blowout victory Saturday night against Cleveland State than it did in Cancun over Rhode Island.
It wasn't Maryland's strong starting backcourt that took over this game, it was instead sixth man Jared Nickens dropping a career-high 16 points and Diamond Stone tying a career-best 15. Robert Carter Jr. was the only regular among the team's point leaders.
The Terps proved they have depth, winning 80-63 despite having its best, second-best and fourth-best scorers – Melo Trimble, Jake Layman and Rasheed Sulaimon – finish single-digits in points.
The team appears to be getting deeper as junior college transfer Jaylen Brantley gets more involved in the offense. He played double-digit minutes for the second game in a row.
The Terrapins are building strength at 6-0 and head to North Carolina on Tuesday to play the No. 9-ranked Tar Heels for the team's first road test of the year.