Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has implored sophomore Nick Faust to do a better job of stepping into his shot, rather than being too loose with his technique.
Faust took the advice and scored a season-high 18 points as Maryland (19-8, 7-7 ACC) won its fourth consecutive game over Clemson, 72-59 on Saturday.
Devin Booker scored 16 points for Clemson (13-13, 5-9), reaching double figures for the 11th time in 14 conference games. Jordan Roper had 13 points, and Milton Jennings scored 10 for the Tigers.
The Terrapins outrebounded Clemson 39-29, matching their plus-10 average rebounding margin for the season, second best in the NCAA.
“Maryland was more aggressive on defense in the second half,” Booker said. “I kept trying to get shots, but they executed better than we did. That changed everything.”
A 3-pointer by Faust with 11:52 left in the first half gave the Terrapins an 18-16 lead, their first since they led 4-3 in the opening minute. The Terrapins stayed in control and a strong layup by Shaquille Cleare gave them a 10-point advantage, 32-22, with 5:52 left.
The Tigers cut the margin to 35-32 at the break on consecutive 3-pointers by Adonis Filer and Roper in the closing minutes. Maryland, however, extended its lead to 44-35 on a jumper by Cleare and a 3-pointer by Faust with 15:54 left.
“We had spurts of good play,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. “Maryland’s ability to rebound the ball offensively certainly was problematic. And their size made it hard for us to score inside.”
Percentages: FG .440, FT .625. 3-Point Goals: 5-14, .357 (Roper 2-5, McDaniels 1-2, Filer 1-2, Jennings 1-4, Hall 0-1). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 5 (Booker 3, Harrison, McDaniels). Turnovers: 11 (Hall 7, McDaniels 3, Nnoko). Steals: 3 (Booker, Roper, Jennings).
Percentages: FG .476, FT .375. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Faust 4-7, Layman 2-3, Howard 0-1, Wells 0-2, Allen 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 4 (Wells, Layman, Len, Faust). Turnovers: 8 (Allen 2, Aronhalt 2, Len, Layman, Howard, Wells). Steals: 7 (Faust 3, Layman 2, Howard 2). Att.–15,373. Officials–Mike Eades, Brian Dorsey, Sean Hull.