COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Freshman Melo Trimble earned his first double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds as No. 19 Maryland overcame a halftime deficit to pull away from South Carolina-Upstate 67-57 on Saturday.
Jake Layman scored 17 points and Evan Smotrycz added 10 for the Terrapins (10-1).
Upstate was attempting to beat its first AP Top 25 opponent in Division I school history. Michael Buchanan and Fred Miller had 13 points apiece for the Spartans (8-3). Ty Greene finished with 11 points for the Upstate, which ended a four-game winning streak that included a victory over Georgia Tech of the ACC.
Maryland trailed by four at the break, but used its size to gain momentum early in the second half. A dunk by Layman capped a 10-2 run and the Terps had their first lead since early in the game, 36-35, with 15:13 left.
Maryland never trailed again.
Layman and Smotrycz hit consecutive 3-pointers and the Terps led 43-37 with 11:37 remaining. Layman hit another long jumper and increased the margin to 54-46 with 7:19 left. Maryland had an answer for each Upstate field goal and Trimble made three key free throws in the final two minutes to put the game away.
Upstate fell to 0-5 all-time against Big Ten opponents
Maryland struggled to make shots and scored just 14 points in the opening 13 minutes. Upstate took advantage and a jumper by Miller capped an 8-0 run, increasing the Spartans lead to 21-14 with six minutes remaining.
The Terps shot 9 of 35 (25.7 percent) from the field, including 2 of 17 from beyond the arc, but were behind just 28-24 at the break.
The Spartans lead the Atlantic Sun with 10.8 steals per game. Upstate finished with seven steals against Maryland.
The Terrapins forward Evan Smotrycz returned to the lineup for the first time since Nov. 30 and didn’t show any lingering effects of the broken foot that forced him to miss the first five games of the season.
USC Upstate: The Spartans travel to Memphis on Wednesday.
Maryland: The Terrapins travel to Oklahoma State on Dec. 21.
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