College Park, Md. – Jake Layman scored 16 of his 17 points in the second half and No. 19 Maryland hung on for a 67-57 victory over USC Upstate Saturday from the XFINITY Center.
Melo Trimble had his first double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds and Evan Smotrycz finished with 10 points off the bench.
Fred Miller led Upstate with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists, and Michael Buchanan added 13 points and six rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. Ty Greene had 11 points and two steals.
USC Upstate took its largest lead of the second half when Miller drove the length of the floor and knifed through two Maryland defenders to put the Spartans ahead 33-26 with 17:49 remaining. Maryland answered with a 12-3 run over the next 3:51 to build a 38-35 lead.
Damonte Dodd put Maryland ahead 49-39 midway in the half with a pair of free throws, but Josh Cuthbertson hit a three-pointer and Greene hit a jumper at the elbow to trim the lead to five.
Mille pulled Upstate within four with just under two minutes remaining with a deep three-pointer from the wing. Layman, however, responded on the ensuing possession with a three-pointer to push the Maryland lead back to seven.
After a missed jumper by Upstate on the other end, Maryland finished 3-for-4 from the free throw line to run its winning streak to three.
Upstate held Maryland to just 14 points in the opening 13 minutes and used an 8-0 run midway through the half to build a 21-14 lead. The Spartans would go on to lead by as many as eight points before Maryland used a three-pointer from Richaud Pack just before halftime to cut the deficit to four.
The Spartan defense, which ranks 17th in the nation for the fewest point allowed, held Maryland to 25.7 percent (9-for-35) from the field and 11.8 percent (2-for-17) from three-point range in the first half.
Upstate returns to action Wednesday at 8 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Memphis, Tenn., to face Memphis from the FedEx Forum.