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'He wasn’t even sweating' -- How an out-of-sync Stone lifted Terps


'He wasn’t even sweating' -- How an out-of-sync Stone lifted Terps

COLLEGE PARK -- The entire reason why Mark Turgeon has shifted Diamond Stone to his new role as sixth man has been to help him to avoid foul trouble. For the first time in a long time, fouls became an issue in Maryland’s 62-56 victory over Northwestern on Tuesday night.

In a grind-it-out game, Stone registered two fouls by the 9:47 mark of the first half. Already short-handed with center Michal Cekovsky ruled out with an illness, Stone played only 15 minutes in a 45-minute overtime game.

But he produced, scoring 11 points and hitting all five of his free throws. He was inserted back into the game late in overtime and had a game-changing finish off a pass from Melo Trimble, plus a foul, that gave Maryland control by putting them up three.

“I thought in overtime he was terrific,” head coach Mark Turgeon said after the game. “For never really being a part of the game and having no flow, to come in there and catch the ball the way he catches it and lay it in and rebounding the ball and make those free throws is pretty special for a guy that big.”


Turgeon said there was still a level of frustration for Stone, but it will continue to be a point of emphasis.

Now, there is a question to be raised as to whether he should have played more minutes down the stretch in regulation because he did not pick up his fourth foul until there was under a minute left in overtime. At that point, what is there to lose?

But a bigger takeaway is this -- Stone is a five-star freshman who can be taken off the bench cold and has enough poise and confidence to affect a game the moment he steps on the floor in crunch time.

He has done it before against Penn State and Michigan in the second half, but tonight was different. It was a much more precise stretch of time during which Maryland needed a hero and they found him in Stone.

That speaks to his continued maturation.

“He’s growing up. He’s learning,” Maryland forward Robert Carter, Jr., who pulled down 14 rebounds of his own in the win, said. “Every game you’re not going to have just one foul … and you’ve got to learn how to fight through it, get through it, stay mentally into the game because we needed him.”

“He wasn’t even sweating,” Turgeon added. “To do that, he was very calm. There’s a reason he’s such a good player.”

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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.


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.


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


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.


"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.


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."


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.