COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland went big against shorthanded Rutgers with predictable results.
Freshman Diamond Stone led a dominating performance by the Terrapins on the boards, and No. 3 Maryland cruised to an 88-63 victory Wednesday night.
Stone had 15 points and 10 rebounds against the smallish Scarlet Knights, who were without injured frontcourt players Deshawn Freeman and Ibrahima Diallo.
Maryland (14-1, 3-0) never trailed and finished with a 49-27 rebounding advantage in its eighth consecutive victory.
Rutgers (6-10, 0-3), which started three guards and two forwards, never had a chance.
"No matter how small they were, I wanted to stay big," Terps coach Mark Turgeon said. "We actually practice that every day; we have our big guys chasing around guards."
Stone, a 6-10 center, went 6-for-10 from the floor and had three blocked shots in 21 minutes.
"He's practicing better and he's defending better," Turgeon said. "Diamond gets it. He's coming."
Jake Layman scored 18 points, Rasheed Sulaimon added 15 and Robert Carter Jr. chipped in with 12 for the Terrapins, who built a 46-18 halftime lead.
"Obviously, our team is depleted by injuries," Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan said. "Our spirit was 100 percent. Our competitive nature was 100 percent. I appreciate Mark [Turgeon] understanding where we are, sort of pulled out the hounds a little bit."