Wells Returns as #15 Terps Top Oakland Saturday

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP)Jake Layman had 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to help No. 15 Maryland extend its winning streak to five games with a 72-56 victory over Oakland on Saturday at XFINITY Center.

Senior Dez Wells returned to the lineup after missing the past seven games with a fractured right wrist, scoring 10 points, including six with less than 5:30 to play.

Freshman Melo Trimble had a career-high five three-pointers and was five-for-six from behind the arc en route to a game-high 17 points for Maryland (12-1). It was Terps' final non-conference game before their Big Ten opener Tuesday against Michigan State.

Jalen Hayes scored 13 points and Kahlil Felder added 12 for Oakland.

A pair of three-pointers by Dion Wiley and Trimble gave Maryland a 19-8 lead midway through the first half. After missing 10 of their opening 14 field goal attempts, the Golden Grizzlies settled down and a jumper by Felder cut the margin to six with 7:23 left.

Maryland answered with an 18-4 run and led 39-19 at halftime. Layman and Trimble each scored 11 points and the Terps limited Oakland to 8 of 29 (27.6 percent) from the field.

Maryland stayed in control and a jumper by Wells provided a 46-32 margin with 14:07 remaining. Oakland played better offensively in the second half and a layup by Hayes cut the lead to 56-47 with 7:46 left.

Trimble responded with another three-pointer on the ensuing possession. Wells then dunked over a pair Oakland defenders and then his layup increased the margin to 67-56 with just under three minutes remaining and the Terps were never threatened again.

"I'm satisfied with our win tonight," head coach Mark Turgeon, who is now 21-4 at Maryland in the month of December, said. "I thought our execution was good throughout the game. I'm really pleased with our guys. I felt comfortable all game that we were in control. The last four minutes when Oakland made a little run at us, our guys stepped it up and it was good to see."

Maryland returns to action when it travels to East Lansing for its first-ever Big Ten game at Michigan State on Tuesday.