Feb. 2, 2013
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Instead of dissecting a weaker opponent's tendencies and working to recognize their schemes, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon told his Terrapins to focus more on their own play if they wanted to end a two-game skid.
The results were dramatic and instantaneous.
Logan Aronhalt scored 13 points, Alex Len had 12 points and nine rebounds and Maryland routed Wake Forest 86-60 on Saturday for its most lopsided Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season.
"We talked about playing with energy, playing hard, having fun," Turgeon said. "We put a lot more effort into us than we did into Wake Forest today and it really helped."
Jake Layman added 12 points on four 3-pointers, Seth Allen and James Padgett also scored 12 points apiece and Dez Wells had 11 for the Terrapins (16-6, 4-5), who have won five straight against the Demon Deacons (10-11, 3-6) and improved to 14-1 at home this season.
"Our execution was great today," Layman said. "We ran it to perfection. Everything was working well for us."
Travis McKie's 15 points matched a season high but couldn't prevent Wake Forest from dropping its third consecutive game and falling to 0-5 in ACC road games. Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 14 for the Deacons.
Maryland connected on 35 of 52 shots from the floor (67.3 percent) and outrebounded Wake Forest 42-21 to snap a two-game skid. The Terrapins were 11 for 16 from beyond the arc.
"Simply give Maryland credit," said Jeff Bzdelik. "They were hitting on all cylinders today, inside and out. Fed off the energy of the home crowd and played very well."
The Terrapins' previous biggest margin of victory in a conference game this season came in a 94-71 home win over Virginia Tech on Jan. 5.
Three days after blowing a lead late in a 73-71 loss at Florida State, Maryland shot 73.9 percent from the field in the opening half (17 of 23). Taking command early against a foe starting three freshmen, the Terrapins sprinted to a 42-25 lead at halftime.
Len hit a short jumper from the left baseline and followed a miss with a slam, igniting a 16-2 run that expanded a 12-9 lead. Maryland held the Demon Deacons scoreless for a 7:09 span midway through the first half, with Wake Forest missing on 11 straight shots and twice turning the ball over.
"We played smarter defensively than we've played in a long time," Turgeon said. "And we put less effort into the (scouting) that we have in a while. ... We knew who the drivers were. We knew who the shooters were and the non-shooters, and we did a great job."
McKie's three-point play got Wake Forest within 28-19 with 7:15 remaining in the first half, but Maryland reeled off the next eight points for a 17-point cushion.
Wells finished off a 3-on-1 break, Padgett connected on a jump-hook, Allen knocked down a right-wing 3 and Charles Mitchell contributed a free throw during the spree.
"They were going inside, they were scoring outside," Bzdelik said. "We had some open looks that didn't quite go down. They kept widening the gap (and) we didn't make them miss. Even when we defended really well, they were still making shots."
The Terrapins led by as many as 30 in the second half.