Sophomore swingman Jake Layman scored a career-high 27 points, leading hot-shooting Maryland to an 89-62 rout over visiting Morgan State on Friday evening at Comcast Center.
Layman made 9 of 12 field goal attempts and 7 of 10 from 3-point range to lead three players in double figures for Maryland (5-2), which has won four in a row. Junior forward Evan Smotrycz had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Junior swingman Dez Wells had 12 points.
Senior center Ian Chiles had 17 points for Morgan State (1-7), which was coming off its first win of the season, a 74-67 overtime victory over Marist. Senior guard Justin Black added 13 points.
Morgan State held an early 5-3 lead, but Maryland mounted a 16-2 run to take command.
The Bears briefly cut the deficit to single digits when Anthony Hubbard converted a three-point play with 9:54 to go in the opening period, but the Terrapins extended their lead to 32-17 when Layman made a 3-pointer with 6:31 to play.
Maryland carried a 45-31 lead into the locker room at the break. The Terrapins shot 58.6 percent and made 7 of 13 3-point attempts in the opening half while holding the Bears to 34.4-percent shooting.
The Terrapins continued to pull away in the second half, going up 53-34 on a 3-pointer by Smotrycz and 57-36 on a dunk by Wells.
The Bears cut Maryland's lead to 57-41 on a 3-pointer by Black with 14:37 to play, but Layman made a 3-pointer and two free throws over a span of 51 seconds, putting Maryland up 66-43 with 11:51 remaining.
Morgan State staged one last rally to cut Maryland's lead to 72-60 with 5:37 to play, but the Terrapins ended the game with a 17-0 run.