“We held Green to 29 (on Thursday night),” Turgeon said, smiling.

On Thursday night, Maryland used Nick Faust (City), Dez Wells, Pe'Shon Howard and Seth Allen to guard Green, who still almost won the game for the Hokies.

The Terps were coming off a victory over Wake Forest in which they shot 67.3percent. But Turgeon said earlier this week that Maryland, which is prone to scoring droughts, was likely to play “another 56-54 [kind of ] game. Maybe a couple of them.”

For the second straight game, Maryland started what Turgeon refers to as his “older” lineup — one senior (James Padgett) joining three sophomores and one freshman.

The Terps led by as many as 11 points in the first half, hitting from outside against Virginia Tech's zone.

But the Terps, who seemed to rush their shots, cooled off. After making his first three shots, Layman missed his next four.

The Hokies tied the game at 22 on Green's free throws and took their first lead, 27-24, on Green's 3-pointer.

Maryland's woes were reflected in a shot-clock violation in the first half's final moments. Turgeon, who was in a crouch near the bench, lowered his head to the floor.

He walked off the court shaking his head at the end of the half.

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