COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland finished its tear through the non-conference portion of the schedule and coach Mark Turgeon is confident his team is finally ready for the challenge of ACC play.
Freshman guard Seth Allen scored 13 points and Maryland completed its non-conference schedule on a 12-game winning streak by beating IUPUI 81-63 Tuesday.
Logan Aronhalt came off the bench and finished with 10 points for the Terrapins (12-1). Maryland shot 54.7 percent (29 of 53) from the field.
Maryland has not lost since falling to then-No. 1 Kentucky 72-69 in the season opener. The Terrapins have their best record entering ACC play since 1998-1999 when they were 13-1. It is also Maryland’s longest winning streak in 10 years.
“I’m eager for conference play because we’ve gotten better,” Turgeon said. “We have gotten a lot better the past three or four weeks. I am excited to go into the league because I think we are ready for it. We won the games. We did what we had to do. A lot of teams around the country play the same type of schedule and we handled it well.”
Sean Esposito had 16 points and Lyonell Gaines added 14 points for IUPUI (6-12). Donovan Gibbs also scored 13 points and Greg Rice had 12 points for IUPUI (6-12).
Gaines scored six consecutive points to give IUPUI a 14-3 lead with 14:38 left in the first half. Maryland responded with a 20-5 run over the next 7:06 and led 23-19. The Terrapins remained in control and a layup by Dez Wells with one second remaining increased the margin to 41-34 at the break.
The Terrapins’ bench outscored the Jaguars 22-0 and eight players had at least one field goal.
“We can just outrun teams,” Allen said. “You can tell at the end, we last longer than most teams. I think the depth really helps us create leads because it gives teams different looks. We feed off each other.”
Maryland continued to distance itself in the second half and a dunk by Alex Len provided the first double-digit lead, 48-27, with 17:47 remaining. Shaquille Cleare scored six consecutive points and a pair of 3-pointers by Pe’Shon Howard and Nick Faust boosted the Terrapins’ lead to 62-46 with 11:28 left.
“Their size inside compared to our size created a mismatch,” IUPUI coach Todd Howard said. “We had six scholarship guys today and seven of our rotation guys (out of the game). To come in and battle in this fashion against a team that is rolling is just a phenomenal credit to our guys.”
A dunk and free throw by Allen provided a 78-54 lead with 3:57 left and Maryland was not threatened the rest of the way. The Terrapins begin their conference schedule Saturday against visiting Virginia Tech.
“I think we’re ready for some big games,” Aronhalt said.
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