COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Freshman Melo Trimble earned his first double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds as No. 19 Maryland overcame a halftime deficit to pull away from South Carolina-Upstate 67-57 on Saturday at XFINITY Center.
Michael Buchanan and Fred Miller had 13 points apiece for the Spartans (8-3). Ty Greene finished with 11 points for Upstate, which ended a four-game winning streak that included a victory over Georgia Tech of the ACC.
“That was a really good team we played. Their zone was tough, their offense was really good and they have really good players," head coach Mark Turgeon said. "We could not make a shot in the first half and we missed shots that we normally make. I was really proud of our group and we had a lot of good open looks. Defensively, I thought we were really good. Our ball screen defense was good and our game plan worked.”
Maryland trailed by four at the break, but used its size to gain momentum early in the second half. A dunk by Layman capped a 10-2 run and the Terps had their first lead since early in the game, 36-35, with 15:13 left.
Maryland never trailed again.
Layman and Smotrycz hit consecutive three-pointers and the Terps led 43-37 with 11:37 remaining. Layman hit another long jumper and increased the margin to 54-46 with 7:19 left. Maryland had an answer for each Upstate field goal and Trimble made three key free throws in the final two minutes to put the game away.
Maryland will travel to Oklahoma State on Dec. 21 its next time out. The Terps then return home for a battle with Oakland on Dec. 27 at the XFINITY Center.