College Park, Md. (AP) Jake Layman scored 16 points, Melo Trimble had 14 and No. 3 Maryland beat Mount St. Mary’s 80-56 on Friday night in the season opener for each school.
Jared Nickens also scored 11 points for the Terrapins, who outrebounded the Mountaineers 44-20. Freshman Diamond Stone had 10 points.
Mount St. Mary’s shot just 31 percent (19 of 61) from the floor. BK Ashe scored 11 of his 18 points in the first half, and Will Miller finished with 10 points.
Beginning a season full of high hopes, the Terrapins shook off a sluggish start and put on an exciting show for the sellout crowd with several dunks and clutch 3-pointers.
The pesky Mountaineers closed to 49-40 on Ashe’s 3-pointer with 15:59 left, forcing Maryland to call a timeout. The Terrapins responded with a dunk by Michal Cekovsky, a 3-pointer by Nickens and another jumper by Rasheed Sulaimon.
A 3-pointer by Layman and a layup for Trimble, the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year, boosted the margin to 61-41 midway through the second half. Maryland was never threatened the rest of the way, and an alley-oop from Jaylen Brantley to Layman set off another raucous celebration.
The Mountaineers got just seven points from their reserves.
Mount St. Mary’s stayed right with Maryland early on. Charles Glover’s 3-pointer got the Mountaineers within six with 1:15 left in the first half, but two free throws by Damonte Dodd and a 3-pointer by Layman helped the Terrapins to a 43-34 lead at the break.
Mount St. Mary’s: Senior forward Gregory Graves and Ashe, a junior guard, were named to the preseason All-Northeast Conference team. Ashe created matchup problems for the Terrapins for much of the night. … The Mountaineers are picked to finish first in their league after going 15-15 last season.
Maryland: A pair of transfers and a highly touted freshman wasted little time making an impact for the Terrapins. Robert Carter Jr. (Georgia Tech) and Sulaimon (Duke), along with Stone, a former McDonald’s All-American, were in the starting lineup. … The Terrapins lead the all-time series against Mount St. Mary’s 8-0.
Mount St. Mary’s travels to Ohio State on Sunday.
Maryland hosts D.C. neighbor Georgetown on Tuesday.