Sunday's roundup: Maryland gets big win on the road
Stillwater, Okla. — Maryland passed another big test as it prepares for its first season in the rugged Big Ten.
Jake Layman had 21 points and 11 rebounds and the No. 17 Terrapins beat Oklahoma State 73-64 on Sunday to improve to 11-1. They handed the Cowboys their fifth loss in 198 nonconference home games dating to 1987.
"It's big for the team to get that first real road win in a tough environment, especially the younger guys because this is what we'll see in conference play," Layman said.
Maryland, 17-15 last season, connected on just five of its first 20 shots, but was 7 of 8 down the stretch in the opening half to take a 32-27 lead. The Terps opened the second half with a 15-3 run to build a 17-point lead.
"The last 5 minutes of the first half and the opening minutes of the second half are about as well as we've played this year," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "Our guys really rose to the occasion. It's always better when you make shots and it was fun to see that stretch. We gained a lot of confidence when we beat Iowa State (in Kansas City) and this is a great win for us. We have two really good road wins."
Layman was 3 of 5 from 3-point range and the Terrapins were 10 of 25 overall from long range. Melo Trimble had 16 points, Jared Nickens added 11, and Richaud Pack had 10 rebounds.
"In the locker room we talked about coming out and taking that first punch," Nickens said. "That is important to do on the road and we did that."
Le'Bryan Nash led Oklahoma State (9-2) with 17 points and nine rebounds. Anthony Hickey had 16 points, and Phil Forte III added 13.
"Maryland was just a better basketball team than us today," Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. "We showed some fight, made a lot of momentum plays, but we waited until we were down big to show that urgency.
"You know the other team is going to be amped up for a road game like this. You have to match them for 40 minutes. (The start of the second half) that was the key. It set the tone for them and we were playing catch-up the rest of the way."
Oklahoma State cut it to 10 with 9 minutes left, but Layman hit a 3-pointer and finished a fast break with a layup to make it 56-41 with 7:50 remaining.
The Cowboys cut it to nine on Hickey's 3-pointer, but Layman came up big again, this time with a driving, dunk for a 62-51 advantage with 4:42 to play.
Hickey's 3-pointer made it 67-61 with 53 seconds left.
(At) No. 6 Virginia 76, Harvard 27: Mike Tobey scored 15 in the first half and Virginia held Harvard to one field goal before the break. Malcolm Brogdon also scored 15 for Virginia (11-0), which equaled its best start since 1992-93 with its stingiest defensive performance in a season already full of them. Harvard (7-2), coming off a 12-day break for exams, looked rusty from the start and unprepared to have such difficulty getting inside or in finding open shots from the perimeter. Its only basket in the first half came on a drive by Zena Edosomwan with 16:31 left, and Harvard missed its final 15 attempts.
No. 18 Michigan State 89, No. 19 Syracuse 76: Aerial Powers had 32 points and 17 rebounds in the final game of the Florida Sunshine Classic at Rollins College on Sunday.
The Spartans (8-3) took a 72-65 lead with 5:51 left when Tori Jankoska made a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer in a 14-second span. The Orange (8-3) closed to 78-72 on Cornelia Fondren's free throws with 2:21 left, but Michigan State made 11 of 12 free throws from there.
(At) Minnesota 67, Central Michigan 64: Amanda Zahui scored 27 and Carlie Wagner 13 for Minnesota (11-1). Crystal Bradford scored 27 and Cassandra Breen 16 for Central (4-5).