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Balanced Offense Leads Terps Past VMI Sunday

Maryland Athletics
11-30-2014
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Terrapins have had a busy week. They won two games — against Arizona State and No. 13 Iowa State — to win the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo., lost their leading scorer, and then won two more at home.

Sunday night's 95-77 win over VMI completed a most eventful seven days for the Terrapins.

"When we walked off the court in Kansas City, I was like, 'man we're really good," coach Mark Turgeon said.

Then, Turgeon learned that Dez Wells would miss four weeks with a broken bone in his right wrist.

"It wasn't even 24 hours later. I can't even enjoy it for 24 hours," Turgeon said. "You had an emotional high and an emotional low for our team."

After the news about Wells, Maryland saw its share of struggles through a five-point win over  Monmouth on Friday, a game that found Turgeon's team flat.

The Terrapins (7-0) were much better against the Keydets (2-4).

Richaud Pack scored 22 points while Jake Layman, Melo Trimble and Dion Wiley each had 19. Maryland ran off 13 straight points to take a 68-53 lead with 12:11 left as VMI (2-4) went scoreless for nearly 4 ½ minutes.

Wiley, a freshman starting for the first time in his career, had 17 of his points in the second half. Pack had 16 of his points in the first half. In his three previous games, Pack missed all 13 of his shots from the field. He was 10-for-13 against the Keydets.

"It was really good to get out of a slump. I've never had a slump. I probably had one bad shooting game, but never two in a row," Pack said.

VMI took a 42-39 lead after Tim Marshall made a 3-pointer and QJ Peterson hit two free throws with 2:24 left in the first half.

Pack scored nine straight to help the Terrapins capture a 49-45 lead at halftime.

Maryland returns to action when it faces No. 7/8 Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at XFINITY Center. Tipoff is slated for 9:15 p.m. and will be shown live on ESPN2.

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