Layman scores 21 as No. 21 Maryland uses strong second half to beat Winthrop 82-62

Jake Layman scored 21 points, freshman Melo Trimble and Richaud Pack had 16 apiece and No. 21 Maryland pulled away to an 82-62 victory over Winthrop on Saturday.

Jared Nickens added 12 points for the Terrapins (8-1), who bounced back from a double-digit home loss to No. 7 Virginia on Wednesday.

In this one, Maryland trailed by nine points in the first half and was tied shortly after halftime before finally creating some separation.

Keon Moore led Winthrop (3-4) with 20 points and Keon Johnson had 18. It's been a strange season for the Eagles, who defeated Clemson on the road but also lost to Savannah State and Jacksonville State.

Maryland took 19 more free throws than Winthrop and finished with a 37-26 rebounding advantage. Layman was 4 for 11 from the floor but hit 11 of 14 foul shots and also grabbed six rebounds.

The game was tied at 35 after Moore sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a free throw by Layman.

Layman then put the Terrapins up for good with a basket in the lane, and Pack made successive layups to make it 41-35 with 16:34 remaining.

After a Winthrop timeout, Layman capped the 7-0 run with a foul shot.

The Terrapins led 52-46 before Layman sank two free throws, Pack made a driving layup and Nickens drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 13-point cushion with 8:48 left.

That all but assured Maryland its fifth straight win against Winthrop. The teams last met in 2006.

Winthrop had more field goals than Maryland in the first half (11-10), but the Terrapins outscored the Eagles 9-3 at the line and overcame nine turnovers to take a 34-29 lead at the break.

Maryland missed six of its first seven shots in the opening 6 1/2 minutes while falling behind 10-3.

It was 13-4 before a dunk by Damonte Dodd and a 3-pointer by Nickens launched a 12-2 run that put the Terrapins in front for the first time.


Winthrop: The Eagles fell to 0-5 in games against Big Ten opponents and 0-11 against current members of the Big Ten. Winthrop's last win over a Top 25 school was 76-70 against No. 19 Miami in December 2007.

Maryland: The Terrapins played a fourth straight game without injured forward Dez Wells (broken right wrist) and for the seventh time were without forward Evan Smotrycz (ankle). Coach Mark Turgeon has used five different starting lineups in nine games, with only Trimble and Layman starting every one of them.


Winthrop: Winthrop hosts Mars Hill College on Tuesday.

Maryland: The Terrapins host North Carolina Central on Wednesday.