KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jared Nickens and Jake Layman scored 15 points apiece to lead a balanced offense, and Maryland shut down No. 13 Iowa State for a 72-63 victory Tuesday night in the CBE Classic title game at Sprint Center.
"I thought we were terrific on defense. I know Iowa State missed some shots they normally make, but I thought our defense was really dialed in," said Turgeon, who improved to 6-0 against the Cyclones, most of those wins coming with then-Big 12 rival Texas A&M.
Bryce Dejean-Jones had 17 points to lead the Cyclones (3-1), who won the Big 12 title in the same building in March. Georges Niang added 10 points, but was 4 of 14 from the floor.
Maryland carried a 37-34 lead into the break, but that advantage swelled in the second half. The cold-shooting Cyclones missed their first eight field-goal attempts, struggled to get clean looks in the paint and clanked a series of jumpers and 3-pointers off the iron.
By the time Wells scored with 14:37 to go, the Terps had stretched their lead to 43-34.
"Our spacing was just brutal," Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We weren't getting to the corners on the break — we just weren't playing for each other tonight."
Niang finally scored Iowa State's first points of the second half when he got a basket with 14:28 left, but Dion Wiley answered with a 3-pointer at the other end.
Every time the partisan crowd that had made the trek south on Interstate 35 from Ames tried to get Iowa State energized, the Terps were there to quiet them. Wells kept cutting to the rim for easy lay-ins, and Trimble showed once again why he's one of the top freshmen in the country.
After pouring in 31 points in the Terrapins' semifinal win over Arizona State, the athletic point guard was 4 of 8 from the floor while doing a better job of getting teammates involved.
"I started both games poised," Trimble said. "This weekend was really good to us."
Not so much for the Cyclones, who allowed frustration to set in.
Dustin Hogue missed an easy layup down the stretch, and then hacked Trimble about 75 feet from the basket. Hogue took a seat on the bench with his fourth foul, and Trimble made both fouls shots to give Maryland a 66-51 lead.
Moments later, Dejean-Jones cross-checked Layman during a fast break — the Cyclones guard never even tried swiping at the ball — and was called for a flagrant foul.
"They certainly played like the more poised team," Hoiberg said. "It's how you respond to adversity and this certainly — a lot hit us tonight. We didn't respond very well."
Trimble was voted the tournament MVP after his stellar all-around performance. He also had three assists and three rebounds in the title game.
Maryland - which moved to 5-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season - returns home for a game against Monmouth Friday at XFINITY Center.
Maryland is off to a 5-0 start, marking its best run to begin a season since the Terps started 8-0 in the 2006-07 season.
Maryland's freshmen have made an immediate impact to start the season, combining for 33 points in the impressive win over No. 13 Iowa State.
Iowa State entered the contest against Maryland averaging 86 points per game and shooting 52.4 percent from the floor in its first three wins in 2014-15. The Terps, however, limited the Cyclones to just a total of 63 points - 23 points under their season average - and to 29.7 percent from the field.
Maryland's win over No. 13 Iowa State marks its first win over a ranked non-conference opponent since 2008-09, when the Terps defeated No. 5 Michigan State, 80-62, on Nov. 27 at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.
Maryland captured its 30th regular season championship in school history - with wins at Arizona State and Iowa State - to claim the CBE Classic. This marks the second consecutive season under Terps head coach Mark Turgeon that Maryland won a tournament. Last year, Maryland won the Paradise Jam with victories over Marist, Northern Iowa and Providence in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Freshman point guard Melo Trimble earned Most Valuable Player honors after he averaged 21 points, three rebounds and two assists in a pair of wins over Arizona State and No. 13 Iowa State at the CBE Classic. In addition, Trimble connected on 15-of-16 from the free throw line. Senior guard/forward Dez Wells was selected to the All-Tournament team as he averaged 14 points, 7.5 rebounds and four assists.