Wells scores 27 as Maryland beats CCSU, 93-57
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Dez Wells scored 27 points and Jake Layman added 14, leading Maryland to a dominant 93-57 victory over Central Connecticut State on Monday night.
The game was part of the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
Freshmen Dion Wiley and Melo Trimble each had 10 points for the Terrapins (2-0). Maryland shot 35 of 63 (55.6 percent) from the field, including 10 of 23 from 3-point range.
Matt Mobley has 14 of his 24 points in the first half, while Khalen Cumberlander had 11 for Central Connecticut (0-2).
The Blue Devils have all five starters back from last season, but had trouble adjusting to Maryland’s tight man-to-man defense. The Terps started fast and a layup by Jon Graham gave the Terps a 19-6 lead midway through the first half.
Central Connecticut then went on a 16-4 run and a jumper by Mobley pulled them to within 28-22 with 4:44 left in the first half. However, a pair of steals and a 3-pointer by Wiley helped Maryland take 38-26 lead at the break. The Terps shot 16 of 31 (51.6 percent) and scored 11 points of eight Blue Devils’ turnovers in the first half.
Maryland continued to pull away in the second half and Layman hit two 3-pointers to help push the margin to 61-36 with 13:17 left in the game. The Terps stayed hot with their shooting and a 3-pointer by Richaud Pack pushed the lead to 89-52 with 3:55 left.
Maryland: Senior Dez Wells was selected Monday as a member of the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50, which is given to the nation’s best player who is making progress toward graduation and has 2.0 GPA .
Central Connecticut State: After scoring a career-high 30 points in the season-opener against Fairfield, sophomore Matt Mobley continued to spark the Blue Devils with his outside shooting. Mobley shot 10 of 18 from the field en route to his 24 points.
Maryland hosts Fordham on Thursday before traveling to Kansas City, Missouri, for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic next week.
Central Connecticut State is in the midst of eight straight games away from home and plays Towson at the NABC CBE Tournament at Monmouth on Friday.