Layman Leads Terps Past S. Dakota State

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Maryland men's basketball team held off South Dakota State 79-74 Friday behind a career-high 27 points from Jake Layman to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. It was the Terps' 12th consecutive first round tournament win dating back to 1998.

Deondre Parks fumbled a pass from Keaton Moffitt for the 12th-seeded Jackrabbits (26-8) and Rasheed Sulaimon picked up the ball and stuffed it for the final score. South Dakota State was seeking its first victory in the NCAA Tournament, but was undone by cold shooting in the first half.

Melo Trimble added 19 points and Jared Nickens 14 for fifth-seeded Maryland (26-8), which made 51 percent of its shots, including nine 3-pointers.

Maryland plays 13th-seeded Hawaii, a 77-66 winner Friday over California, in Sunday's second round.

Parks scored 22 points for the Jackrabbits.

Better-seeded teams are just 13-11 so far in the tournament, with eight squads seeded 10 or above advancing. No. 2 Michigan State is the highest-ranked seed to lose.

After trailing by double digits most of the game, South Dakota State got 3-pointers from Parks and George Marshal cut the Maryland lead to five points with 2:54 left.

Trimble hit a pair of free throws for a 72-65 lead for Maryland, but Parks replied with two.

Maryland then turned the ball over when the shot clock expired. Marshall missed a 3-point shot but was fouled by Trimble with 1:03 left. Trimble fouled out on the play.

Marshall hit all three free throws to cut Maryland's lead to 72-70 with 1:03 left, then fouled out shortly after.

Layman hit both free throws for a 74-70 lead.

South Dakota State called timeout with 38.9 seconds left.

Tevin King was fouled going for a rebound and made one of two to cut Maryland 's lead to 74-71 with 24 seconds left.

The Jackrabbits then started to foul.

Layman hit a pair of free throws for a 76-71 lead with 18 seconds left.

Parks was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and sank all three free throws to cut Maryland's lead to 76-74 with 13 seconds left.

Jaylen Brantley made one of two for Maryland, for a 77-74 lead.

Moffitt's pass to Parks was deflected away and Sulaimon picked up the ball and stuffed it for the final score.

The Jackrabbits played in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2013, losing in the first round both times.

Maryland, ranked 18th in The Top 25, has a 40-24 record in the NCAAs and is making its 26th appearance. The Terps won the national title in 2002.