The Maryland basketball team shot 90 percent from three in the first half against Nebraska.
As a result, the Terrapins cruised to a 97-86 win on Friday. The victory over the Cornhuskers in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals sets up a meeting with Michigan State in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon.
As a team, Maryland made 35-of-58 shots (60.3 percent) from beyond the arc. Forward Jake Layman led the Terps with 24 points (8-of-13), including hitting six of nine three-pointers.
Four Maryland starters finished in double figures on the evening. Center Diamond Stone was just as efficient from the field as he added 23 points (11-of-15) and eight rebounds.
Maryland was absolutely unconscious in the first half and couldn’t seem to miss from the field. The Terrapins connected on four of their first seven shots, including three shots from beyond the arc from Layman.
Maryland jumped out to an early 12-7 lead and were clicking on all cylinders.
It continued through the first eight minutes. The Terps drilled their first seven shots from behind the three-point line with Layman connecting on four and Jared Nickens, Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon also adding one apiece.
While it was overshadowed by the supreme efforts of Layman and Stone, Trimble continued his strong play and turned in a complete performance. The former Bishop O’Connell (Va.) star scored 16 points (6-of-11), dished out eight assists, and secured six rebounds.
Layman really had his stroke working early on as he made his first five shots from the field to give Maryland a 20-13 lead at the Under 12 timeout.
Maryland was basically getting any shot they wanted and they were making them consistently. The Terps made 13 of their first 17 shots (76.5 percent) with 14 points from Layman.
Stone was also very efficient from the floor. Stone scored 10 points in the first half and did benefit from some excellent passing from the likes of forward Robert Carter and Trimble.
As a team, Maryland hit 20 of their 28 shots (71.4 percent) from the floor in the opening half on their way to a 54-37 lead. Layman looked absolutely flawless on his way to 17 points on six-of-eight shooting.
The Terps also connected on nine of their 10 shots from beyond the arc.
Nebraska fought back into the game in the second half and even cut the deficit to 92-86 with 1:10 left in the game. However, Maryland was able to ice the game at the free throw line.
The 97 points for Maryland were a Big Ten Tournament record. The previous record was when Ohio State beat Minnesota 90-61 in 2010.
After their win on Friday, Maryland will face Michigan State in the semifinals at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.