#3 Terps Use Late Surge to Down Rider

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Freshman Diamond Stone fueled a second-half surge that brought No. 3 Maryland back from a 14-point deficit, and Jake Layman had 11 points and 11 rebounds in a 65-58 victory over Rider on Friday night.

The Terrapins (3-0) trailed 43-29 with 15:56 remaining and grabbed the lead for the first time when Rasheed Sulaimon scored on a runner in the lane with 5:19 left to make it 52-50.

It was 61-58 before Rider's Kahlil Thomas misfired on the front end of a 1-and-1. Sulaimon missed two foul shots on the other end, but Layman grabbed the rebound and clinched it with a pair of free throws.

Robert Carter Jr. scored 13 for Maryland and Stone added 12, including eight in a 15-3 spurt that got the Terps to 46-44. After starting the first two games, the 6-foot-11 Stone came off the bench to go 6 for 7 from the floor with five rebounds.

Thomas led Rider (0-3) with 14 points. After opening with losses to Princeton and La Salle, the Broncos gave the heavily favored Terps all they could handle.

Coming off an emotional 75-71 win over Georgetown, Maryland could not match Rider's intensity at the outset. The Terrapins quickly fell behind 11-5, trailed by as many as eight points in the first half and grabbed only four more rebounds despite owning a decided height advantage.

After rallying to 31-29 at the break, Maryland went scoreless for the opening four minutes of the second half while the Broncos got points from four different players in a 12-0 run.

Maryland called timeout, and Stone returned to make a layup. The Terrapins began pressing on defense and immediately forced a turnover that led to a basket by Layman. Another Rider turnover led to a follow-dunk by Stone, and the sellout crowd of 17,950 roared as the Broncos took a timeout.

Rider led 50-47 before Melo Trimble made a three-point play, and Sulaimon finally put the Terrapins in front.

The Broncos, however, weren't quite done. Two free throws by Teddy Okereafor tied it before Trimble hit a 3 and Layman scored on a follow.

A layup by Stone made it 59-54, but two straight baskets by Thomas cut the gap to 59-58 with 1:09 remaining.

"We learned a lot tonight and on Tuesday (vs. Georgetown)," head coach Mark Turgeon said. "We need to play better. It’s on us to win these games. Rider was terrific tonight but we just need to get better, and it’s my job to get them playing better.

Layman became the 40th player in school history with 500 career rebounds and became the first player this season to record a double-double.

The Terps next travel to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge where they will face Illinois State on Tuesday night.