COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Freshman Melo Trimble scored 16 points, but the No. 21 Maryland men’s basketball team fell, 76-65, to No. 7 Virginia at the XFINITY Center Wednesday night.
“I thought Virginia was terrific from the beginning to the end,” said head coach Mark Turgeon. “I thought their defense showed what Virginia is about and I thought their execution was better. … Give them a lot of credit. We did not quit and we kept trying to respond, and I think we will be a better team after playing Virginia tonight.”
In front of a raucous home crowd, the Terps got off to a slow start before Wiley and Layman hit consecutive jumpers to cut the deficit to 24-19. It was Wiley’s second consecutive game in double figures.
The Terps were able to cut a 12-point deficit to nine in the last 1:40 of the first half. Layman, redshirt senior Richaud Pack and Trimble combined to go 6-for-6 from the free throw line during the stretch and the Terps hit 80 percent of their free throws over the first 20 minutes.
Justin Anderson keyed the Cavilers in the first half with 11 points.
Layman’s one-handed slam opened the second half and cut the Virginia lead to six. Virginia was able to separate behind Malcolm Brogdon, who scored nine of his game-high 18 points in the second half, and Mike Tobey, who added nine second-half points.
Layman led the Terps on the glass with five rebounds while senior Jon Graham added four boards. Trimble was efficient from the line, hitting 12-of-14 free throws.
Maryland returns to action on Saturday against Winthrop. Tip-off at the XFINITY Center is set for 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.