COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The Terrapins (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) never trailed in their eighth straight victory. Using runs of 10-0 and 12-2, Maryland built a 46-18 halftime lead and coasted to its ninth consecutive conference victory.
Rutgers (6-10, 0-3) made six field goals and collected only one offensive rebound in decisive the first half.
The second half wasn’t much different than the first. After Rutgers closed to 56-34, the Terps reeled off 18 straight points to go up by 40.
Maryland’s leading scorer, sophomore Melo Trimble, sat out the second half with tightness in his hamstring. He finished with four points — all at the free throw line.
Rasheed Sulaimon scored 15 points for the Terrapins and Robert Carter Jr. had 12. Maryland finished with a 49-27 advantage on the boards.
Corey Sanders scored 16 points for the Scarlet Knights. They are 2-19 in conference play since joining the Big Ten last season.
Rutgers was within 13-9 before Trimble and Carter each scored four points in a 10-0 spurt that put the Terrapins comfortably ahead.
The Scarlet Knights did not shoot well, and on most occasions they only got one chance to score because Maryland was so dominant on the boards.
A 3-pointer by Jake Layman sparked a 12-2 run that made it 37-15.
Making matters worse for Rutgers: Leading rebounder D.J. Foreman committed his third foul with 4:54 left in the half and center Greg Lewis picked up No. 3 just a few seconds later.
Maryland held a 31-12 rebounding advantage at halftime. Rutgers went 6 for 25 from the field in its lowest-scoring first half since a 16-point performance against Purdue on Feb. 12, 2015.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights have never defeated a Top 10 team on the road. … Rutgers is 3-6 against Maryland, 0-3 in Big Ten play. … The Scarlet Knights have never won a Big Ten game on the road.
Maryland: Layman reached double figures in points for only the third time in the last 11 games. … Stone missed his first shot and had his second attempt blocked. He has scored a combined 25 points in two games since his 39-point performance against Penn State on Dec. 30. … The game drew 17, 950, the Terps’ eighth home sellout of the season.
Rutgers: Hosts Nebraska on Saturday.
Maryland: At Wisconsin on Saturday.
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