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Maryland’s late second-half surge does Clemson in


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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Maryland’s Alex Len goes for a lay up. Len scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and earned two assists in the 72-59 victory over Clemson Saturday at Comcast Center in College Park.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Maryland’s Alex Len goes for a lay up. Len scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and earned two assists in the 72-59 victory over Clemson Saturday at Comcast Center in College Park.

Published on: Friday, March 01, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

Nick Faust helped lead the Maryland Terrapins to their 19th win of the season — defeating the Clemson Tigers 72-59 Saturday in College Park.

Faust isn’t known for keeping up his productive play after the first half, but he played a complete game against a bitter rival late in the season. His perimeter shooting made the difference by going 4-7 from 3-point range, and he led all scorers with 18 points and had three assists.

“I think we executed well on the offensive side of the ball, and guys were dialing in (in) the beginning to get the win,” Faust said. “When you make shots, you stay on the floor. So we just have to keep making shots. … We need to keep making plays whether it is defensive or offensive. We did a great job at pressuring Clemson.”

After trading blows in the first half, Maryland had a three-point lead going into halftime in the tightly contested match-up that included four lead changes. It was smooth sailing for the Terrapins in the second half. Stingy defense kept Clemson out of the game, and the Tigers never had a chance to come back or tie by the end of regulation.

Freshman forward Jake Layman has shown he will become one of the rising stars with his play so far this year. He scored in double figures with 12 points. He also had four rebounds, and he accounted for two steals and a block on the defensive side of the ball.

Maryland dominated in the paint with 42 points scored through the heart of Clemson’s defense, and the Terps took control of the game with 17 second-chance points.

“It was a good win for us. I’m proud of our guys,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. “I thought in the second half we were really good, and it is good to see against a team that pressures a little bit and really defends. To score 72 points against them is a lot of points, so I’m really pleased with the win and we bounced back.”

The Terps now have 19 wins this season, but they are surprising sub par in conference play—sitting at .500. However, the Terps are 16-2 at home following the Clemson win.

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