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Maryland storms past Abilene Christian 67-44

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP)

Jake Layman scored 14 of his 19 points during a game-ending 29-0 run that enabled Maryland to pull away to a lackluster 67-44 victory over Abilene Christian on Wednesday night.

The Terrapins trailed for much of the first half and by 44-38 with 14:12 remaining before Layman made three 3-pointers, a driving layup and a three-point play. His jumper from beyond the arc with 12:24 left put Maryland in front 45-44, their first lead since 13-12.

Charles Mitchell scored 15 points for the Terrapins (1-1), who opened with a 78-77 loss to Connecticut last week.

Parker Wentz and Harrison Hawkins each scored 13 for Abilene Christian (0-3), which moved to Division I this year after playing 31 years as an NCAA Division II program. Coming off losses to Duquesne and St. Bonaventure, the Wildcats are winless after three games for the first time since 1990.

ACU staged a gritty performance before Maryland's height, depth and talent took over. The Wildcats missed their last 18 shots while the Terrapins pulled away.

A drive by Dez Wells started the surge with a layup, and Layman scored 14 of the game's next 16 points to put Maryland in control.

Maryland trailed 28-17 late in the first half before using an 8-0 run to get back in it. Despite taking a 12-2 run into intermission, the Terrapins trailed 30-29 at halftime.

The start of the second half was more of the same. Successive 3-pointers by Hawkins and Austin Cooke made it 41-34, and a shot from beyond the arc by Hawkins provided ACU with a six-point cushion with 14 minutes left.

After that, it was all Maryland.

Abilene Christian shot 6 for 11 from 3-point range in the first half compared to 1 for 9 for the Terrapins.

The Wildcats gave Maryland fits in the early going. Wentz scored 10 points and ACU went 4 for 8 from beyond the arc in taking a 20-13 lead with just over 12 minutes elapsed.

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon called his second timeout with 6:37 left in the half after Hawkins drove through the middle of the Maryland defense for a layup and a 22-15 advantage. The Terrapins promptly turned the ball over after returning to the court.

The margin swelled to 10 points after 15 minutes. At that point, Maryland committed 11 turnovers compared to just one for the Wildcats.

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