It wasn’t a pretty start for the Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team as they suffered through a first half where a few key players missed time due to foul trouble.
However, courtesy of a supreme effort from forward Jake Layman and forward Charles Mitchell, Maryland cruised to a lopsided 68-43 win over Marist in the opening round of the Paradise Jam tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Layman led the way with a game-high 16 points and eight rebounds for the Terps. The Massachusetts native was one of the only players that showed up for Maryland in the first half. Layman scored 10 points (4-of-10 from the field) to go along with five rebounds during that stretch. Mitchell netted eight points and grabbed five rebounds, despite only going 2-of-7 from the free-throw line.
Terps started second half on a 10-0 run, courtesy of five quick points from Wells. Wells picked up two quick fouls early on in the first half and missed most of the half because of it. When the final buzzer sounded, it wasn’t Wells’ best game as a Terp. He finished with nine points (2-of-8 from the field), three rebounds, and two assists.
Despite Wells’ struggles, the Terps were still in the driver’s seat throughout the entire second half. Maryland ended up shooting
At the Under 12 media timeout, Marist only had 8 points and struggled to find any type of consistency on the offensive end of the floor. The Red Foxes shot 3-of-13 from the field during the first eight-plus minutes of the second stanza. Maryland outscored Marist 38-23 in the second half and just looked like the more dominant team as they should. Despite a terrible start shooting the basketball, the Terps ended up shooting 43.6 percent from the floor and 54 percent in the second half.
There were a few surprising performances in center Shaquille Cleare and guard Varun Ram. Cleare was a perfect four-for-four from the floor for eight points and five rebounds. Cleare displayed decent post presence and even had a nice hook shot to boot. Ram played lengthy minutes, especially in the opening half due to Wells’ foul trouble. He finished with three points and three assists.
Maryland will face Northern Iowa in the next round of Paradise Jam, which takes place on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.