Wells Leads Terps Past Central Connecticut Monday

Associated Press
Print RSS

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Dez Wells scored 27 points and Jake Layman added 14, leading Maryland to a dominant 93-57 victory over Central Connecticut State on Monday night.

Freshmen Dion Wiley and Melo Trimble each had 10 points for the Terrapins (2-0). Maryland shot 35-of -63 (55.6 percent) from the field, including 10-of-23 from three-point range. Trimble also finished with a team-high nine rebounds.

Matt Mobley had 14 of his 24 points in the first half, while Khalen Cumberlander had 11 for Central Connecticut (0-2).

The Blue Devils welcomed back all five starters back from last season, but had trouble adjusting to Maryland's tight man-to-man defense. The Terps started fast and a layup by Jon Graham gave the Terps a 19-6 lead midway through the first half.

Central Connecticut then went on a 16-4 run and a jumper by Mobley pulled them to within 28-22 with 4:44 left in the first half. However, a pair of steals and a three-pointer by Wiley helped Maryland take a 38-26 lead into the break. The Terps shot 16-of-31 (51.6 percent) and scored 11 points on eight Blue Devil turnovers in the first half.

“Obviously, I liked the way we played in the second half,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “I thought we played with energy and shared the ball really well in the second half. We only had one turnover in the second half until late in the game. We shot a good percentage and I thought we attacked them in the right way. Dez [Wells] and Jake [Layman] were really good again and we rebounded better. I thought we got better in the second half, which is good to see this time of year.”

Maryland continued to pull away in the second half and Layman hit two three-pointers to help push the margin to 61-36 with 13:17 left in the game. The Terps stayed hot with their shooting and a three-pointer by Richaud Pack pushed the lead to 89-52 with 3:55 left.

Maryland welcomes Fordham Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. tilt at XFINITY Center.

NOTES: It marked the first time Maryland scored 90 or more points since a 94-71 victory over Virginia Tech in January 2013. It was also the first time that the Terps had back-to-back wins by 30 or more points since the 2006-2007 season.