Turgeon Talks Terps Victory Against Marist

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Maryland coach Mark Turgeon discussed his team's slow start and strong finish in a 68-43 win against Marist during the Terps' first game in the Paradise Jam. With the win, Maryland advances to the semifinals Sunday, when they take on Northern Iowa at 7 p.m.

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ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Maryland coach Mark Turgeon discussed his team's slow start and strong finish in a 68-43 win against Marist during the Terps' first game in the Paradise Jam. With the win, Maryland advances to the semifinals Sunday, when they take on Northern Iowa at 7 p.m.

Jake Layman led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds and was 6-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Charles Mitchell chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds.

The Terps' defense, which had struggled the first few games, held Marist to just 26 percent shooting. Guard Chavaughn Lewis had a team-high 13 points for the winless squad from New York.

Maryland was none too sharp either during the first half going against the Red Foxes' zone, but the Terps picked things up and finished by shooting 43.6 percent for the game.

As expected, freshman Roddy Peters earned his first career start and ended up with nine points, two assists and just one turnover. Also, thanks to early foul trouble, walk-on guard Varun Ram saw plenty of floor time and ended up scoring three points and handing out a team-high three assists.

Junior Dez Wells, who struggled during the first half with zero points, finished with nine, though he turned the ball over four times. Junior Nick Faust didn't play his best game either, getting in foul trouble, turning it over twice and finishing 2-of-8 from the floor for five points.

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