COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) —
Virginia Tech played its first conference game under coach James Johnson on Saturday afternoon. Another rookie captured the spotlight.
Maryland freshman Jake Layman sank a three-pointer off the opening tip, and went on to score 18 of his 20 points before halftime as the Terrapins rolled past the Hokies 94-71 for their 13th consecutive victory.
Erick Green, the leading scorer in the ACC, provided 28 points for Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech shot 37.3 percent (25 of 67) and went 4 for 19 from 3-point range. Green was 8 for 18 from the floor, Robert Brown 4 for 15 and Jarell Eddie made only two of 12 shots.
After falling behind 53-37 at halftime, the Hokies (9-5, 0-1) never seriously threatened in losing for the fifth time in seven games.
In preparing for Maryland, Johnson knew that Layman had the potential to be a factor. Unfortunately for Virginia Tech, that is exactly what happened.
“He didn’t come out of nowhere. We knew he could really shoot the basketball,” Johnson said. “He was just not shooting the ball great up until this point. He did a good job coming out confident and knocking down shots early to get them going.”
Maryland’s winning streak matches an identical run in 2001-02 and is one short of the school record set in 1931-32. After defeating 12 non-league opponents, Maryland opened the Atlantic Coast Conference portion of its schedule with a satisfying romp.
“We were waiting to play a big-boy team,” said Terrapins freshman Seth Allen, who contributed 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting.
“It’s ACC time,” Layman said. “We all had to step up, and I think I was ready for it. It was a great game for us.”
Layman went 6 for 7 from the floor during the opening 20 minutes, including 4 for 5 from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-8 forward surpassed his previous season high of 10 points with 4:37 left in the first half.
Layman scored Maryland’s first five points, then jammed in a teammate’s miss to make it 13-4.
“For some reason we can’t come out and smack someone in the mouth,” Green said. “We get smacked in the mouth first.”
Said Allen: “The first four minutes of a basketball game really shows who’s going to come out victorious. We really hit them in the mouth early, and that’s kind of what got us going.”
Alex Len had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Terrapins (13-1, 1-0), who never trailed.
It was the Terrapins’ second-most lopsided victory over Virginia Tech, behind only a 51-16 rout in 1932.
It was 26-22 before Layman and Wells sandwiched 3-pointers around a Virginia Tech basket for a 32-24 lead.
After the Hokies closed to 34-31, Len made a baseline jumper, Layman drilled a pair of 3-pointers and Allen also connected from beyond the arc, completing an 11-0 run for a 45-31 lead.
Virginia Tech got to 58-43 early in the second half before Maryland’s Logan Aronhalt hit a 3-pointer and Allen scored in the lane for a 20-point cushion. It was 69-58 with 9:55 left before the Terrapins pulled away.
Faust played only five minutes in the first half before leaving with back spasms. Turgeon hopes to have him back Wednesday, when Maryland seeks to keep its win streak alive in a home matchup with Florida State.
Cadarian Raines had a career-high 13 rebounds for Virginia Tech. Christian Beyer scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 15 minutes of action. Joey van Zegeren, making his first career start, matched his career high with 10 points.
Tech was able to do a good job on the offense glass, recording an 18-13 advantage, while being out-rebounded overall by the much taller Terps 41-38.
VIRGINIA TECH (9-5)
Van Zegeren 3-4 4-5 10, Raines 4-7 0-3 8, Eddie 2-12 1-1 5, Brown 4-15 2-4 11, Green 8-18 10-11 28, Rankin 1-5 0-0 3, Beyer 3-5 0-0 6, Johnston 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-67 17-24 71.
Mitchell 4-6 0-0 8, Layman 6-12 4-4 20, Len 6-12 4-6 16, Howard 0-5 6-6 6, Wells 3-5 5-6 12, Aronhalt 2-3 1-2 7, Allen 8-12 2-2 21, Faust 0-1 0-0 0, Padgett 0-1 0-2 0, Cleare 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 31-60 22-28 94.
Halftime—Maryland 53-37. 3-Point Goals—Virginia Tech 4-19 (Green 2-2, Rankin 1-3, Brown 1-6, Beyer 0-1, Johnston 0-1, Eddie 0-6), Maryland 10-23 (Layman 4-9, Allen 3-6, Aronhalt 2-3, Wells 1-2, Howard 0-3). Fouled Out—Wells. Rebounds—Virginia Tech 38 (Raines 13), Maryland 41 (Len 9). Assists—Virginia Tech 7 (Rankin 3), Maryland 18 (Howard 6). Total Fouls—Virginia Tech 19, Maryland 17. A—17,950.