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Nov. 20, 2012

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Alex Len and James Padgett used an array of dunks and layups to lead Maryland to a 83-74 victory over Lafayette Tuesday evening at Comcast Center.

Len scored 16, Padgett scored 14, and the Terrapins never trailed.

Nick Faust had 13 points and eight rebounds, freshman Charles Mitchell scored 12 and Dez Wells added 11 to help Maryland (3-1) win its third straight following a season-opening loss to defending national champion Kentucky.

Although the Terrapins went 3 for 15 from 3-point range and 22 for 32 at the foul line, their inside game was too much for the Leopards to handle.

"We didn't make a jump shot, missed a lot of free throws and still scored 83 points," Turgeon said. "So we're doing something right out there sharing the ball."

Len went 6 for 11, Padgett was 6 for 7. The Terrapins finished with 44-28 rebounding advantage and the Terrapins scored 50 points in the paint.

"We've got shooters," Turgeon said. "It wasn't our night. But we smart enough to get the ball inside."

Lafayette (1-4) stayed relatively close by going 47 percent from beyond the arc.

"We can shoot the ball," coach Fran O'Hanlon said. "We shot 15 for 32 from 3, so that's a terrific shooting night on our part."

But the Leopards had no answer for Len, Padgett, the 6-foot-8 Mitchell and 6-5 Wells.

"We certainly don't have the strength and bulk they have inside," Hanlon said. Seth Hinrichs led the Leopards with 20 points and Joey Ptasinski had 14. Sophomore Dan Trist missed a third straight game with a sprained left ankle after scoring a career-high 30 in Lafayette's overtime win over LIU-Brooklyn.

The Leopards fell to 2-19 against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The only two wins were over Virginia in 1972 and Miami in 1991.

After closing the first half with an 11-3 run, Maryland began the second half with a 14-5 spurt to go up 54-35. Padgett fueled the latter surge, scoring five points and getting an assist on a dunk by Len.

"James was good tonight," Turgeon said. "James finished, made his free throws, played smart defensively."

Padgett and Len also combined for 12 rebounds.

"It's great having them clogging the middle," Mitchell said.

It was 58-49 before a driving layup by Faust launched an 11-3 run that put the Terps up 69-52 with 5:21 remaining.

The Terrapins outrebounded the Leopards 25-15 in the first half and outscored them 10-1 at the foul line in taking a 40-30 lead at the break.

After Padgett scored seven points in the opening 10 minutes to stake Maryland to a 20-12 lead, Lafayette got 3-pointers from three different players in a 9-2 spurt that cut the margin to a point. At that juncture, the Leopards were 4 for 6 from beyond the arc and the Terrapins were 0 for 6.

Maryland increased its advantage to seven points before Bryce Scott hit a 3 and three-point play to get Lafayette to 29-28. But the Leopards made only one basket over the final 5 minutes of the first half.


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