St. Thomas, VI (SportsNetwork.com) - Evan Smotrycz posted a double-double as the Maryland Terrapins held on for a 56-52 victory over the Providence Friars to claim the 2013 Paradise Jam title at the Sports and Fitness Center.
Smotrycz finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Maryland (4-2). Dez Wells added 13 points of his own.
Bryce Cotton netted 19 points and LaDontae Henton and Tyler Harris each chipped in 10 for Providence (6-1).
It looked as if the Terrapins would run away with the decision at halftime as they held a 33-21 lead entering the locker room. Maryland held the Friars to only seven field goals during the entire first half while netting 13-of-34 from the floor on the other end.
In the second half the Terrapins were not as successful offensively, hitting on just 33.3 percent of their field goal tries. Providence cut its lead to just two points twice in the final two minutes but couldn't complete the comeback, shooting just 31 percent from the field in the frame.
Maryland outscored Providence in the paint, 32-20.