ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS - The Marist men's basketball suffered a 68-43 defeat to Maryland in the opening round of the Ezybonds Global Payments Paradise Jam on Friday.
For Maryland, Jake Layman scored a game-high 16 points to go along with eight rebounds. Layman shot 4-for-6 on three-point attempts. Charles Mitchell added 12 points and eight rebounds.
The first half was a defensive battle on both sides, as there were only seven total points scored in the first six-and-a-half minutes of play. With 7:22 left in the first half, a three-pointer by Layman gave Marist a 17-8 lead. However, Marist answered with an 8-1 run over the next 3:08, and a pair of free throws by red-shirt freshman guard Khallid Hart (Newark, Del.) tied the game at 18 apiece. However, the Terrapins outscored the Red Foxes 8-2 over the remainder of the half to take a 26-20 halftime lead.
Maryland then expanded its lead thanks to a 10-0 run to start the second half, and added a 19-6 run later in the half. The Terrapins’ largest lead was 30.
Maryland shot .436 (24-for-55) for the game, while Marist shot .260 (13-for-50). Maryland held a 43-35 edge in rebounds, and committed 14 turnovers as compared to 19 for Marist.
Marist fell to 0-5 on the season; Maryland improved to 2-2.
Marist returns to action on Saturday, when it takes on Loyola Marymount of the West Coast Conference. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. EST.