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On his birthday, Diamond Stone's Top 5 moments at Maryland

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On his birthday, Diamond Stone's Top 5 moments at Maryland

Five-star Maryland freshman Diamond Stone celebrates his birthday Wednesday, Feb. 10. To mark the occasion, why don’t we look back?

Here are the Top 5 moments of Stone’s very young career so far at Maryland.

5) Notching a win vs. UConn

Connecticut was a team that heavily recruited Stone out of high school. This was a featured game on national television at Madison Square Garden. Maryland wanted to add to its non-conference resume and Stone came through.

Though he shot 6-of-16 from the floor, he was just shy of a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds.

4) Change of pace vs. St. Francis

For the first time, Mark Turgeon brought Stone off the bench. In this new role as a sixth man, his development as a player took off. Gone were the frustrations of early foul trouble and in were new, better matchups as he entered the game.

Also, he was more fresh (and foul-free) in late games when it mattered. Against St. Francis, he scored 16 points in 19 minutes on the floor.

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3) In amongst the trees vs. Purdue

When Purdue came to College Park, Maryland had just one (arguably two) RPI Top 50 victories to its name. The Terrapins needed a win, facing a team with size unlike almost any other contender in the country and a pair of seven-footers, A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas.

Turgeon called it his best defensive effort of the year and he is correct. Stone wasn’t going to shut the two down, but he made their lives difficult without fouling. By one point in the first half, he had held the duo to 4-of-11 shooting from the floor and committed just one foul.

On the other end of the floor, his versatility in the pick-and-roll gave the Boilermakers problems all night. He finished with 12 points and six rebounds in a crucial Maryland win.

2) The next step defensively vs. Nebraska

Stone has come a long way defensively in his time at Maryland, from being sometimes the weakest link on the floor to now being part of a team that is hitting its stride and becoming elite on that end of the floor. Nebraska might have been the official turning point.

In a close defensive battle all game, Stone blocked eight shots to go along with 16 points and 10 rebounds, narrowly missing a triple-double in a big road victory.

1) Record-setting night vs. Penn State

How could it be anything else? Not only did Stone break a Maryland freshman scoring record that was older than he is, but his 39 points -- and the second-half effort it took to get there -- helped the Terrapins come from behind to beat Penn State. He added 12 rebounds.

As he exited the court, the crowd chanted his name.

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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.

BIG PICTURE

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.

UP NEXT

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.