Maryland Cruises in Season Opener Friday

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Dez Wells had 18 points and freshman Melo Trimble scored 13 as Maryland cruised to a 82-48 victory over Wagner in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

Junior Jake Layman added 16 points and had a career-high six assists for the Terrapins (1-0). Maryland won its 38th consecutive home opener.

“I am really pleased. I thought we played well," head coach Mark Turgeon said. "I thought our guys did a lot of good things tonight, especially on the defensive end. The guys looked good, we got better today and we looked better today than we did last week. We got to play a lot of guys and having 10 guys score was great to see, too.”

Maryland held Wagner to just 18-of-65 from the field (27.7 percent).

"I thought our guys did a lot of good things tonight, especially on the defensive end," Turgeon said. "I think Wagner plays hard. They compete and play until the final buzzer."

Maryland started the game on a 15-3 run with Richaud Pack making both of his three-point attempts. Trimble’s second three-pointer and layup by Dion Wiley increased the lead to 28-11 with 7:17 left in the first half.

Maryland steadily pulled away and a dunk by Layman in the final minute provided a 43-17 margin at the half. The Terps shot 14-of-27 (52 percent) from the field, including 6-of-10 from three-point range.

The Terps came out strong in the second half as as a dunk and ensuing free throw by freshman and Slovakia-native Michal Cekovsky boosted the margin to 58-24 with 13:02 minutes remaining. The Terps continued to cruise the rest of the way for a 34-point, opening night win.

Maryland returns to action on Monday, Nov. 17 when it plays host to Central Connecticut State at 7:30 p.m. at XFINITY Center.