On Tuesday night, the first of four NIT quarterfinals took place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama as the Crimson Tide played host to Maryland.
Alabama‘s Rodney Cooper drove late but was blocked by Alex Len with three seconds remaining, as the Terrapins advanced forward to semifinal round in New York City.
The highlight of the game however, came just before the half when Maryland freshman Jake Layman stole a pass in the back court and then attacked the rim. Known for his length and athleticism, Terrapin fans are well aware of the bright future that Layman has in the Maryland program. Layman showed that potential off to the fullest with this rim-rattling slam.
Take a look at the video below:
Layman had a nice game off the bench, scoring 13 points on an efficient 5-of-9 shooting. He was 2-of-5 from distance and also tallied two blocks, two assists, two rebounds and three steals in the team’s 58-57 victory.
Len led the way with a monster double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 13 boards. He also blocked five shots in the game, but none bigger than the game-saving one in the final few seconds.
Maryland made a late push for theNCAA Tournament, but found themselves seeded as a No. 2 within the NIT. The Terrapins are making the most of this opportunity however, advancing to the semifinal round with the hopes of continuing their season even more so.
Ironically enough, Maryland’s season began in New York City, but in Brooklyn more specifically. They will end their 2012-13 run in Manhattan.
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