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Terps come alive in second half, roll past Virginia Tech

Charles Mitchell did not play in the second half due to a disciplinary issue.
Charles Mitchell did not play in the second half due to a disciplinary issue.
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The Maryland Terrapins made up for a listless first 20 minutes of play by stepping up in the second half and rolling to a 64-47 win over the Virginia Tech Hokies.

The Terps trailed by as many as seven in the first half to a Virginia Tech team they routed in Blacksburg about a month ago.

The second half was a different story, as the Terps stepped it up on the defensive end and finally got some outside shots to drop against the Virginia Tech zone.

Turnovers proved to be the big difference in the game, and for one night, it wasn't the Terps being careless with the ball. Maryland forced 17 turnovers and only committed five.

The scoring was pretty balanced across the board, but Jake Layman led the way with 13 points. Dez Wells added 11 in another game where he really came alive in the second half.

Charles Mitchell scored eight points in very limited minutes. He appeared to leave the bench and head to the locker room with a few minutes to play in the first half and did not return until midway through the second half. He was never put back in the game. Mark Turgeon said it was a disciplinary issue but wouldn't get into any specifics.

It appeared that Mitchell was having an animated conversation with assistant coach Scott Spinelli before he was sent to the locker room. This wouldn't be the first time this year that disciplinary action has been taken against a player for a heated conversation with a coach. Turgeon benched Wells early in the season after the swingman kept jawing back and forth with him after being taken out of the game.

Maryland is now set for Sunday's regular season and home finale against Virginia. The Cavaliers, having already wrapped up the regular season title, are now playing for a potential No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament. The Terps are basically locked into the 8-9 game in the second round of the ACC tournament, but are looking to build momentum in hopes of winning the whole thing, which is their only ticket to the NCAA's.

It's also Maryland's final regular season home game in the ACC, which will make it a historic afternoon at the Comcast Center. A victory would send the Terps out of the ACC the right way, especially against rival Virginia. It would also assure Maryland of a .500 record in conference play in the regular season, and an overall winning record for year.

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