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Cardiac Cavaliers rally again, beat Maryland 5-4 in 9th

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Cardiac Cavaliers rally again, beat Maryland 5-4 in 9th

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Ernie Clement lined a two-run single to left to cap a three-run ninth inning for Virginia and the Cavaliers beat Maryland 5-4 on Saturday to earn a return trip to the College World Series.

Clement's hit came after reliever Robert Galligan, brilliant for 7 1-3 innings for the Terps, allowed two walks and a single in the ninth, loading the bases with none out. Maryland coach John Szefc then turned to closer Kevin Mooney, who walked Kevin Doherty to force in one run before Clement's line drive hit.

Virginia (39-22) will return to Omaha, where it played in the final series last year before losing to Vanderbilt in three games. The Terrapins (42-24) saw their winningest season come to a crushing end.

On Friday, they led until Virginia scored five times in the eighth inning for a 5-3 victory, with Mooney, the program's career saves leader, again failing to deliver in the clutch.

Alec Bettinger (5-5) earned the victory with a perfect ninth in relief of Brandon Waddell, who went the first eight innings, allowing 10 hits and four runs while striking out seven and walking two.

Galligan had allowed just three hits when he went out to begin the ninth and the Cavaliers had not managed to get more than one baserunner against him in any inning until he walked Pavin Smith, allowed a single by Robbie Coman and walked Joe McCarthy on four pitches, loading the bases with no one out.

Galligan (4-5) came on after starter Ryan Selmer allowed four straight singles and two runs in the first. Galligan got two quick outs to halt a rally and frustrated the Cavaliers with a variety of off-speed pitches.

The Terrapins, who had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, added runs in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings, the last coming on a triple by Anthony Papio to make it 4-2 in the eighth.

Maryland tied it at 2-2 in the fourth when Papio led off with a double, was sacrificed to third and scored on LaMonte Wade's popped up bunt that fell just beyond a diving Waddell's reach.

They used small ball again in the fifth to go ahead. Kevin Smith led off with a single, Patrick Hisle sacrificed and Kevin Martir singled him home. Martir also singled leading off the eighth inning, was sacrificed to second and scored when Papio laced a two-out triple to the wall in right-center.

Virginia went ahead in the bottom of the first, and knocked out starter Selmer in the process. Dabiel Pinero singled and scored on Matt Thaiss' double. Kenny Towns' single scored Thaiss and when Pavin Smith singled, the Terps pulled Selmer and brought in Galligan, who had made three starts this season.

The Terps took a 1-0 lead in the first as Wade walked, was sacrificed to second, took third on a grounder and scored on Nick Cieri's single.

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

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Palmer's big 2nd half lifts Huskers past Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. -- James Palmer Jr. scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half, Isaiah Roby had all 11 of his after half, and Nebraska held off Maryland 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Palmer and Roby combined for 35 of the Cornhuskers' 40 second-half points, and they secured their first 20-win season since 2008. They won a sixth straight conference game for the first time in 20 years.

Palmer scored 15 straight points for the Huskers (20-8, 11-4 Big Ten) over a 10-minute span that ended when Roby hit one of two free throws with 2:57 left for a 64-59 lead. Roby had a double-double, with 10 rebounds, and he also blocked three shots.

The Terps (17-11, 6-9) had a chance to take the lead with a minute to play, but Glynn Watson Jr. blocked Anthony Cowan Jr.'s 3-point try, Evan Taylor came up with the loose ball and got it to Watson.

Watson missed a 3-pointer coming out of a timeout, and Roby got the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws for a 66-63 lead. Kevin Huerter's layin cut it to one point before Watson made two free throws.

Huerter went to the line with 2.8 seconds left, and after making the first free throw he intentionally missed the second. Palmer got the rebound, was fouled and put the game away with two free throws.

Bruno Fernando led the Terps with 21 points and nine rebounds. Huerter added 12 points and Darryl Morsell had 11.

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Maryland: The Terps' fading NCAA Tournament hopes might have been dashed with their seventh straight road loss.

Nebraska: The Huskers are resting firmly on the NCAA bubble and absolutely needed this win. They got it, thanks to Palmer and Roby's efforts in the second half.

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Maryland hosts Rutgers on Saturday. It's the teams' only meeting this season.

Nebraska visits Illinois. The Huskers beat the Illini 64-63 in Lincoln on Jan. 15.

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

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Maryland overwhelmed by Penn State in close loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Lamar Stevens feels like he's playing his most consistent basketball right now, a bad omen for upcoming opponents considering Penn State expects its hybrid forward to do a little bit of everything.

Just like he did on Wednesday.

Stevens scored 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting with 14 in the second half to lift Penn State over Maryland 74-70.

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"Lamar really stepped up for us," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "We needed every one of those points that he had tonight."

Tony Carr added 16 points, Josh Reaves scored 14, and Mike Watkins added 11 for the Nittany Lions (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten Conference), who equaled their previous best mark for conference victories under Chambers.

"The best teams always find ways to win," Stevens said. "We locked down when we had to, got huge stops, huge rebounds and I think that's a huge step for this team."

With Maryland (16-10, 5-8) up 20-14 midway through the first half, Stevens nailed his first of two 3-pointers to spark a quick 9-0 run that helped Penn State take control.

He rolled layups off his fingers and sank midrange jumpers on multiple back-to-back possessions in the second half, where he scored 11 of his team's first 20 points.

"He made some incredible, incredible shots," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "He was terrific, he was so efficient."

Stevens added four rebounds, two assists and was 3-for-4 on free throws with all three makes coming in the final 5:48 as Maryland threatened.

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Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 15 points while Kevin Huerter and Bruno Fernando added 13 apiece.

Darryl Morsell had 10 points for the Terrapins, who cut a 10-point deficit with 8:11 to play to just three with 1:13 left.

"I didn't think we competed in the first half defensively," Turgeon said. "I thought in the second half, we were really trying hard."

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: The Terrapins' disappointing season continues and they have dropped to 7-7 since stalwart forward Justin Jackson's season was ended by a torn shoulder ligament in late December. Although they shot better than their season average, the Terrapins were badly outplayed in the paint, getting outscored 32-22 and outrebounded 27-23.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are playing an exciting brand of basketball as of late. They have a combined 22 dunks over their last three home games and opponents are finding it hard to play fast against a team that thrives on speed.