COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Jake Layman came off the bench to score 13 points, and Maryland buried last-place Virginia Tech under a barrage of 3-pointers in a 64-47 Atlantic Coast Conference victory Tuesday night.
The Terrapins (16-14, 8-9) connected five times from beyond the arc in an 18-5 run that turned a 29-28 halftime deficit into a 12-point lead. If the teams don't meet in the ACC tournament, Maryland will head to the Big Ten after this season with a five-game winning streak against the Hokies and a 32-10 lead in the series.
"At the start of the second half, Dez [Wells] made the play of the game," said head coach Mark Turgeon. "He got the steal and a 3-point play. Our energy level was different. I thought our defense was terrific. Whether they missed shots or not, our team defense was terrific in the second half."
The Hokies made a game of it over the first 20 minutes, outrebounding Maryland 21-11 to go in front at intermission. But Virginia Tech went cold at the outset of the second half while the Terrapins took control.
Dez Wells began the charge with a three-point play and Nick Faust added a 3-pointer. After Eddie made two free throws, Seth Allen popped a 3 before van Zegeren scored on a follow — the Hokies' lone basket in the first 7½ minutes of the second half.
Layman then hit consecutive shots from beyond the arc to put Maryland up by double digits.
Wells finished with 11 points and three other Terps had eight. Maryland went 10 for 32 from 3-point range against Virginia Tech's zone and committed only five turnovers.
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