COLLEGE PARK, Maryland — Jake Layman came off the bench to score 13 points, and Maryland buried last-place Virginia Tech under a barrage of 3-pointers in a 64-47 Atlantic Coast Conference victory Tuesday night.
The Terrapins (16-14, 8-9) connected five times from beyond the arc in an 18-5 run that turned a 29-28 halftime deficit into a 12-point lead. If the teams don't meet in the ACC tournament, Maryland will head to the Big Ten after this season with a five-game winning streak against the Hokies and a 32-10 lead in the series.
Jarell Eddie and Joey van Zegeren each scored 14 for the Hokies (9-20, 2-15), who have lost five straight and 15 of 16. Virginia Tech's only win in 2014 came against Miami on Feb. 15.
Terrapins starting center Charles Mitchell inexplicably failed to join the team for the start of the second half, and word circulated that the 6-foot-8 sophomore left the arena. Mitchell returned to the bench with around 10 minutes left but did not play.
The Hokies made a game of it over the first 20 minutes, outrebounding Maryland 21-11 to go in front at intermission. But Virginia Tech went cold at the outset of the second half while the Terrapins took control.
Dez Wells began the charge with a three-point play and Nick Faust added a 3-pointer. After Eddie made two free throws, Seth Allen popped a 3 before van Zegeren scored on a follow — the Hokies' lone basket in the first 7½ minutes of the second half.
Layman then hit consecutive shots from beyond the arc to put Maryland up by double digits. Layman was omitted from the starting lineup for only the second time this season in the wake a 1-for-14 shooting performance on Sunday in a double-overtime loss to Clemson.
Wells finished with 11 points and three other Terps had eight. Maryland went 10 for 32 from 3-point range against Virginia Tech's zone and committed only five turnovers.
It was another lopsided defeat for the Hokies, but things looked promising in the first half. Virginia Tech took its first lead when Jarell Eddie drilled a 3-pointer and Marshall Wood followed a Maryland misfire with two free throws to make it 17-15.
After Mitchell scored for the Terrapins, Eddie and Will Johnston connected from beyond the arc to cap a 11-2 run that put the Hokies in front 23-17.