COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jake Layman, a freshman wing making his second career start, scored a career-high 20 points as Maryland routed Virginia Tech, 94-71, Saturday at the Comcast Center in the ACC opener for both schools. Since losing its opener to Kentucky early in November, Maryland has won 13 consecutive games and won its conference opener for the first time since beating Florida State in the 2009-10 season. Virginia Tech (9-5) lost its third straight game by double digits and has dropped five of seven since a 7-0 start that included a home win over a ranked Oklahoma State team. Layman, whose previous career high was 10 points, tied that mark not 12 minutes into the game. His first-half barrage allowed the Terrapins (13-1) to build a 53-37 lead at halftime. Layman, who was 5-for-29 from 3-point range entering the game, went 4-for-5 from long range during a first-half in which he scored 18 points. Erick Green, the nation's second leading scorer, led the Hokies with 28 points. Maryland jumped to a 13-4 lead, a run capped by Layman's tip dunk. The Hokies hung around for much of the first half despite Maryland's hot shooting, pulling to within 34-31 on Green's basket with 5:55 left. But Maryland ripped off a 15-2 run to reestablish control. Layman hit two 3-pointers during the spurt and Seth Allen added another. The Terrapins extended their lead to 22 points early in the second half and the Hokies pulled no closer than 11 points after that. Virginia Tech's Joey Van Zegeren, who made his first start this season, tied his career-high with 10 points. Cadarian Raines finished with a career-high 13 rebounds. Allen scored 21 points off the bench for Maryland, which tied a season-high with 10 3-pointers. Alex Len added 16 points and nine rebounds. NOTES: Maryland's 12-1 mark to enter ACC play was its best such mark since the 1998-99 season, when it was 13-1. ... Virginia Tech played its fourth straight game without freshman forward Marshall Wood, who broke his left foot against Georgia Southern on Dec. 15. Wood said Thursday he will be out for at least two more weeks. ... Maryland's 13-game winning streak tied the second longest in school history. The Terrapins won school-record 14 straight during the 1931-32 season. They could match that with a victory at home on Wednesday against Florida State. ... C.J. Barksdale, who had started every game this season for Virginia Tech, did not play Saturday. He was not injured, a Tech official said. ... Maryland's Nick Faust left the game because of a shoulder injury and did not return.
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