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How, literally sickened by Minnesota loss, Maryland bounced back

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How, literally sickened by Minnesota loss, Maryland bounced back

COLLEGE PARK -- Sickened by Thursday’s loss to a Minnesota team that had previously not won a game in conference play, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon had eaten sparingly as Sunday’s game back at home against Michigan approached.

Standing at the podium after his team’s 86-82 victory over the Wolverines in College Park, a relieved coach made a confession.

“I was down as you can be,” he said about the loss earlier this week. “I can’t wait to eat. My stomach’s up here growling.”

Turgeon mood after Thursday’s defeat mirrored that of his team. Junior Damonte Dodd said the plane ride home was difficult. Others said it took time for the team to smile again. But whatever was said and whatever was done, Maryland came out against Michigan looking like a team fighting for its life rather than one ready to lay down after a possibly resume-defining loss.

With the game tied in the first half on Sunday, 12-12, the Terrapins shifted into another gear. Dodd became a shot-blocking machine, rejecting two Michigan shots in two possessions. One led to a Robert Carter, Jr. dunk in transition. The other came on a possession that ended in a Michigan turnover.

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An earlier Jake Layman steal had sparked a run-out and transition layup, plus the foul.

The first half featured a stretch of more than seven minutes without a made Michigan field goal and a 14-0 Maryland run that ignited XFINITY Center in a way that proved the Terrapins were here to play.

“We’re fine. We have a lot of confidence in each other. We knew we [were] going to get out of it,” Carter said postgame before making a joke. “You guys don’t have to write anymore stories about us losing.”

Maryland’s hot start allowed it to endure the counterpunch that Michigan eventually threw, which included 13 threes for the game and the forcing of 18 Terrapins turnovers that led to 21 points.

Had the order of events been flipped, perhaps with the Wolverines coming out on fire from deep as opposed to catching fire later in the game, Maryland could have wilted. But they didn’t.

“We wanted to get back to being us and who we are and that would be what we really talked about,” Turgeon said. “Were we desperate? I don’t think so, but we were dialed in.”

Turgeon never labels regular-season games as must-wins, but Sunday was about as close as it gets.

If Maryland had lost, that would mean six days to dwell on it before a tough road matchup against Purdue -- a three-game losing streak that included two home losses and a loss to a sub-200 RPI team before going to West Lafayette to face one of the nation’s best defensive teams.

That is the type of mixture that can derail a season, even for a team full of veterans or mature-beyond-their-years players.

Disaster avoided.

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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."

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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.