Dez Wells dunks Maryland basketball to win in Bahamas opener

Unearthing full box scores from the Maryland men’s basketball team’s three exhibition games in the Bahamas this week might be difficult. The live stats feed froze with 4:10 left in the first quarter of Tuesday night’s opener, but highlights began to trickle out this morning, in news release form.

Rising sophomore Jake Layman led the Terrapins with a team-high 25 points, pacing Maryland in its foreign tour opener to a 92-84 win over the Bahamas All-Stars in Nassau.

“We played hard the entire game,” Coach Mark Turgeon said in the release. “It was a good challenge for our team because we saw a lot of different defenses — zone, man-to-man and full-court pressure. They tried to keep us off balance, so it was a good test for us.”

Four other Terps scored in double figures, according to the release. Transfer Evan Smotrycz, expected to give Maryland a sizable spacing boost with his three-point shooting since coming over from Michigan, had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dez Wells became a one-man GIF with his earth-shattering dunks (see the embedded highlights below), finished with 22 points and nine rebounds and made walk-on Spencer Barks make this face:

Seth Allen, expected to take over full-time point guard duties this season, had 11 points and Nick Faust added 10. Maryland committed 33 personal fouls under the international rules, which award double bonuses after five team fouls.

“We experienced a lot of different things tonight together as a team,” Turgeon said. “We had some different lineups because of the early foul trouble. But this provided us an opportunity for many of our guys to get valuable minutes.”

All eight available scholarship players — Shaquille Cleare is out with a hamstring injury — played, including freshmen Damonte Dodd and highly touted point guard Roddy Peters. Statistics were unavailable for them. Walk-on Varun Ram, who sat out last season after transferring from Division III Trinity (Conn.) College, made an appearance as well. Cleveland Cavaliers all-star Kyrie Irving, vacationing in the Bahamas, was also in attendance.

The Terps return to action Wednesday night against the Commonwealth Giants at 7 p.m.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at



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