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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — With a first-half performance that was as brilliant as it was surprising, freshman Jake Layman added his name to the vast list of contributors to the second-longest winning streak in Maryland history.
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.”
Starting for injured guard Nick Faust, 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.
“Today was a huge day for him,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said.
It was the Terrapins’ second-most lopsided victory over Virginia Tech, behind only a 51-16 rout in 1932.
“I don’t know who our best players are. I really don’t,” Turgeon said. “I think we all feel comfortable as coaches that whoever we put in, they can handle the situation.”
Erick Green scored 28 for Virginia Tech, playing its first ACC game under coach James Johnson. 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.
“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.
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