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Edsall to CSN on players-only meeting: 'It’s not...a secret'

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Edsall to CSN on players-only meeting: 'It’s not...a secret'

COLLEGE PARK -- Reports of a meeting for only Maryland players created something of a stir Tuesday following comments by head coach Randy Edsall that a meeting of that nature was “news to me.”

To trace the genesis of the story:

During Tuesday's media availability, freshman tight end Avery Edwards said the team had held a players-only meeting in the wake of the team’s 45-6 loss to West Virginia.

Senior kicker Brad Craddock, part of the team’s designated leadership council, elaborated with more details.

Edsall was asked a short while later on the Big Ten’s weekly media teleconference whether he was aware of such a meeting and he said he was not. News of that admission took off from there.

As part of a larger sitdown interview with CSN that will air Tuesday night on SportsTalk Live, Edsall addressed the ensuing criticism and expressed his belief that the structure of his team’s leadership council makes it so that it is unimportant whether or not he knew about that meeting or knows about similar meetings in the future.

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“I didn’t know about it and, you know, I don’t have to know about it,” Edsall said. “Because it shows that they’re taking the initiative that they want to make sure everybody is on the same page and we get focused and they’re basically carrying my message.

“I don’t know what the big deal is everybody’s making of it. I think it’s great. I mean, that’s why I have a leadership council and that’s why we meet with the leadership council and you know what? They’ve been doing this all summer long. They’ve been doing this since we put the council together.

“If they feel that there’s issues that they feel like they need to address with their teammates, they bring them together and they talk about it.”

Maryland currently sits at 2-2 on the year, with losses to Bowling Green and Saturday’s defeat at the hands of West Virginia.

The road gets no easier for Maryland, with Michigan coming to College Park on Saturday, followed by dates with No. 1 Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan State.

In part for that reason, Edsall says, meetings like the one his players held have value.

“It’s not anything that’s a secret. It’s not anything like that,” he went on to say. “They want to make sure they go out and do everything that they can to have everybody on the same page.

“I think it shows that we’re developing leadership, that these kids are taking it seriously and they see that, hey, if things aren’t going right -- if we don’t think it’s right -- let’s not wait for the coaches to have to do it which we’ve already done, but they want to do something on their own.”

Watch more from Edsall’s interview Tuesday night on SportsTalk Live, a show that airs every weekday at 10 p.m. on CSN.

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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.