Four players finished in double-figures for No. 4 Maryland (11-1) in an 87-67 win over Marshall (4-9) Sunday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 17,950 at the XFINITY Center in College Park, Maryland.
Robert Carter led all scorers with 19 points and Diamond Stone added 16 as the Terps torched the net most of the contest. Maryland shot 51.5 percent from the field (34-of-66) and 48.1 percent from long range (13-of-27). Marshall shot 35. 1 percent (27-of-77) from the field and only 19.4 percent (6-of-31) from long-range.
"A lot of things we did really well but we couldn't get the ball in the basket," Marshall coach Dan D'Antoni said. "A lot of good things, ball movement was really good. We were right there and it should've been a one, four, six point game at half but we let it slip a little bit. We're getting better and we're looking forward to the second half of the season."
Maryland grabbed an early 5-2 lead, but a 7-0 run sparked by the Herd's James Kelly put Marshall on top 9-5 at the first media timeout. Carter knotted the contest at nine and a Stone dunk gave the Terps the lead for good.
Maryland exploded for a 21-11 lead after a 16-2 run gave the Terps a double-digit lead. Austin Loop trimmed the led to eight with 10:40 left in the first, connecting on his first of three triples in the half, but back-to-back buckets by Carter provided the Terps their largest lead of the game at 13.
Marshall ignited a 12-0 run over four minutes, bookended by a Kelly dunk and another Loop three, trimming the deficit to only one with 4:55 left before the break.
Loop matched a Carter three with own of his own, but Marshall had no answer for Maryland's final push of the half, closing with a 12-3 run capped off with five points from Rasheed Sulaimon and a 46-36 edge at the break.
Sulaimon finished with 14 points and five boards for the Terps.
Carter led the way at the half, netting 15 of his game-high 19, while shooting 50 percent from the floor (6-of-12).
Marshall and Maryland seesawed its way through the first six minutes of the second half until back-to-back Melo Trimble buckets pushed the Terps lead to 16 with 13:28 remaining. Trimble added 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds in the win.
Maryland would push its lead to 20 after Jake Layman connected on all eight of his points in the game in a span less than two minutes, and a 69-49 Terps advantage midway through the half.
Marshall had no answer for Maryland's hot shooting, failing to cut the deficit to fewer than 20 over the remaining 10 minutes. Maryland took its largest lead of the afternoon at 82-55 with 4:15 to go on a Jaylen Brantley jumper, but the Herd would close on a 12-5 run, as a Stevie Browning triple as the horn sounded closed out the lopsided affair.
Marshall's shooting went ice cold in the second half, hitting only 7.7 percent (1-of-13) from behind the arc.
Marshall finished with five players in double-figures, but was outscored 33-17 by Maryland's bench. Loop, Browning, Jon Elmore and C.J. Burks had 11 for the Herd and Kelly added 10.
Marshall opens Conference USA play Jan. 3, 2016 against Western Kentucky (7-5) at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, W.Va.