- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Richaud Pack scored 17 points, Jake Layman added 15 and No. 19 Maryland took control in the first half before coasting past North Carolina Central 67-56 on Wednesday night.

The Terrapins (9-1) led 14-12 before using a 21-2 run to go up by 21. Maryland connected on five 3-pointers during the surge, including two apiece by Layman and freshman Jared Nickens.

It was the second win in a row for the Terrapins following their lone defeat, at home against Top 10 foe Virginia a week ago.

Jordan Parks had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles, whose five-game winning streak ended. NCCU (6-4) made only two field goals in the final 11 minutes of the first half and trailed 39-18 at the break.

It was 54-39 with just under nine minutes left before Layman drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner to erase any doubt.

NCCU shot 38 percent from the floor and went 5 for 21 from beyond the arc.

The Eagles led 7-6 and were tied at 10 with eight minutes elapsed. Soon after that, Maryland took control.

After 7-foot-1 center Michal Cekovsky scored on a drive, 3-pointers by Pack and Layman gave the Terrapins a double-digit lead. Nickens then buried consecutive 3s to make it 28-12, and after Dante Holmes made a layup for NCCU, Layman knocked down a 3-pointer to spark a 7-0 spurt.

The Eagles went 7 for 25 from the field in the first half and were outrebounded 18-9.

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TIP-INS

NCCU: This was the Eagles’ second game against a ranked opponent this season. They lost to North Carolina 76-60 and are now 0-9 all-time against Top 25 foes since moving to Division I in 2007.

Maryland: The Terrapins came in ranked third in the nation with 179 successful free throws and eighth in attempts (242). They took only eight foul shots in the first half and finished 18 for 27 at the line.

UP NEXT

NCCU: N.C. Central travels to Memphis on Monday.

Maryland: The Terrapins host USC Upstate on Saturday.


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