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Terps roll past Hokies, 80-60

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The Maryland Terrapins pulled away quickly in the second half to roll past the Virginia Tech Hokies, 80-60.

It was a tight game until the end of the first half, at which time the Terps managed to build an eight-point lead heading into the locker room.

They picked up right where they left off in the second half, playing solid defense, generating turnovers and converting easy baskets.

Dez Wells started the game on the bench after arriving late to a team breakfast but was quickly inserted into the lineup and scored a game-high 19 points.

The real difference-maker was Seth Allen, who scored 16 points and had seven assists to go with five rebounds. Allen played under control for much of the game and was feeling it from behind the arc. When Allen is hot from the outside, the Terps are a different team.

Nick Faust and Jake Layman each added 10 points. Layman had a thunderous dunk during a big Maryland run to open up the second half.

It was a tremendous performance from the Terps, but it was coupled with a truly lousy effort from the Hokies. They would have struggled with some high school teams the way they played against the Terps.

It was the second straight conference win for the Terps and their second ACC road win of the season. Maybe this will help give them confidence and kick-start their season.

It couldn't come at a better time, as the Terps are slated to play three of their next four games on the road and will be underdogs in each contest. Maryland plays at North Carolina, Duke and Virgina while also hosting a Florida State team that already steamrolled them in Tallahassee earlier in the year.

Winning one of those four games won't be an easy task, and just splitting them would be a major accomplishment for this group.

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