COLLEGE PARK – The University of Maryland Terrapins remain undefeated after defeating Virginia Military Institute 95-77 Sunday night. Maryland now finds itself ranked in the top 25—ranked No. 21 by the Associated Press and No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Former Potomac High School shooting guard Dion Wiley started for the first time […]
COLLEGE PARK – The University of Maryland Terrapins remain undefeated after defeating Virginia Military Institute 95-77 Sunday night.
Maryland now finds itself ranked in the top 25—ranked No. 21 by the Associated Press and No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Former Potomac High School shooting guard Dion Wiley started for the first time this season for the Terrapins, and made his presence felt with 19 points in the game. It took a half for Wiley to heat up, but when he did he carried the team victory. Maryland led 49-45 at halftime but took over in the second half, when Wiley scored 17 of his 19 points.
“Just seeing the ball go through the hoop really got me going and attacking,” Wiley said. “I told you (Coach Mark Turgeon) sat me down at halftime and just said calm down but stay aggressive and attack the rim and that’s what I did.”
The Terrapins defense also became more active, holding VMI to 32 points on just 33 percent shooting from the field in the second half.
“He (Dion Wailey) wasn’t very good the first half. Sat him down at halftime talked to him and had the assistants talk to him. I thought he made good decisions in the second half,” said head coach Mark Turgeon “Dion is a really, really good player. He’s just trying to find his way right now, but to get 17 in one half for him shows you what he is about.”
Wiley was not the only freshmen who contributed to the win. Freshman center Michael Cekovsky had a scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds while also blocking three shots.
Freshman Melo Trimble also played well, going 6-6 from the field and 5-6 from the free-throw line on his way to scoring 19 points.
While the freshmen showed what impact they could have on the team, a couple of upper classmen, junior forward Jake and senior guard Richaud Pack, also contributed to Maryland’s victory. Layman finished the game with 19 points and nine rebounds in 27 minutes of play while Pack, who struggled from the field in the past three games, scored 22 points on 10-14 shooting from the field.
“I’ve probably had one bad shooting game, but never two in a row so tonight was a really good feeling,” Pack said.
The Terrapins’ next game takes place on Wednesday night as they host the No. 8 Virginia Cavaliers in a nationally-televised matchup of top 25 teams. The former Atlantic Coast Conference rivals will face each other in an out-of-conference matchup in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.