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Terps down Boston College

COLLEGE PARK - Maryland has been lost at times on offense over the course of the last two weeks, failing to put together solid scoring runs at critical times that put away opponents.

The Terrapins embarked on such a stretch late in Tuesday's game against Boston College, and this time it held up in a 64-59 win over the Eagles before 13,941 fans inside Comcast Center.

Maryland improved to 14-1 at home and evened its Atlantic Coast Conference record to 3-3. But the Terps (15-4) needed a late surge to hold off the Eagles, who like Maryland came into the game with three losses in their last four games.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon yet again tweaked his starting lineup and went with a bigger lineup to start before switching to more guards in the second half. It helped the Terps score the most points since laying 94 on Virginia Tech on Jan. 5.

Meanwhile, the Terps' defense held an opponent to less than 60 points for the ninth time this year.

"We're just trying to find ourselves," Turgeon said on a postgame radio interview. "I thought our defense was fantastic. I don't know what the expectations are for this team, but I told the guys, 'We've just got to win the game.'"

Boston College (9-9, 1-4) led by three points near the midway point of the second half before Maryland found its flow on offense. The Terrapins converted six consecutive field goals, a run that was capped by sophomore center Alex Len's powerful dunk off an assist from fellow sophomore Dez Wells.

Senior guard Logan Aronhalt and freshman guard Jake Layman each added 3-pointers during the stretch, where the Terrapins went from trailing 43-40 to leading 52-44.

Len posted another double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, both team highs. Layman added 15 points and sophomore guard Nick Faust finished with 11.

Layman got free in front of Maryland's bench and dropped in a 3 from the corner to put the Terps in front 48-43 with 9:11 to play. Faust cut to the basket and scored on the next trip down, and after BC's Lonnie Jackson missed a 3, Wells found Len underneath for a big dunk that gave the Terps their eight-point advantage.

Freshman guard Olivier Hanlan converted a three-point play with 5 minutes remaining and Boston College trimmed the deficit to 56-52. But thanks in part to the Terrapins' defense, the Eagles mustered seven points the rest of the way.

Sophomore guard Ryan Anderson, one of the ACC's top scorers, led BC with 19 points while Hanlan scored 18.

Boston College missed its first eight shots behind the 3-point line but made five of eight down the stretch to close the gap.

The Eagles took their first lead at 26-24 on a 3-pointer from Hanlan with 2:48 remaining in the first half. Danny Rubin, a Maryland native, canned a 3-pointer of his own with 2:05 to play, and BC took a 29-24 lead.

Maryland ended the half with five unanswered points, however, with Len scoring inside and freshman guard Seth Allen connecting on a 3-pointer with 1:18 to play.

The teams were tied at 29-29 at the break. Len led Maryland with nine points and five rebounds while Anderson, one of the ACC's leading scorers, had 10 points.

Maryland got through its fourth game in 10 days, a span that included road games at Miami and North Carolina, and Turgeon said he was proud of Tuesday's win with a road trip to top-ranked Duke coming Saturday.

"We've had an unbelievably tough stretch," Turgeon said. "We gutted it out. We figured out a way to win."

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