Behind a hot start and strong outside shooting, the Maryland Terrapins got off to a 2-0 start in ACC play with a 77-61 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon.
The Terps shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from beyond the arc and committed a season-low six turnovers. Guard Nick Faust had a game-high 16 points and made four of six three-point attempts. Maryland also had three other players in double figures in forward Evan Smotrycz (14 points), guard Dez Wells (11), and guard Seth Allen (10).
Maryland jumped out to a 12-2 lead early on, largely in part due to Georgia Tech missing four of their first five shots and the Terps making five of their first six. The Yellow Jackets offense looked out of sorts, which was partly due to the loss of forward Robert Carter (10.3 points-per-game and 9.3 rebounds-per-game). The Terps took a 43-29 lead into the break and held the lead for the entire game as it hovered around that double digit deficit.
The fact that the Terps were able to keep the game well in hand was a testament to their strong perimeter defense. Wells and Layman sat on the bench towards the end of the first half due to foul trouble. Layman wasn’t much of a factor in this game as he only ended up totaling six points, despite hitting a three-pointer early in the game.
Maryland was rebounded from a bad loss against Boston University with three consecutive wins as they are entering ACC play. The Terps are back on the court on Monday evening when they face a one-loss Pittsburgh team on the road.