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Jared Nickens sees something familar in this crop of Terps

Jared Nickens sees something familar in this crop of Terps

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In Jared Nickens' first season at Maryland, expectations were modest and that Terrapin team exceeded almost all projections by making the NCAA tournament and advancing to the second round.

Now, Nickens is a junior and after a season of sky-high expectations that culminated in a Sweet 16 appearance, the tables have turned. A talented group of underclassmen will be paired with a core of veterans on Mark Turgeon's 2016-17 team. 

This time, though, Nickens is one of the elder statesmen. And he sees a mix of both change and continuity.

"When the season ended, it looked like the whole starting five was about to leave and then Melo [Trimble] decided to come back which is great for us," Nickens said Thursday at Camden Yards after accompanying Turgeon on the mound for a ceremonial first pitch. "That just adds another dynamic to our team and being that we're going to have a whole different team from last year to this year."

Leading the group of freshmen next season at Maryland will be point guard Anthony Cowan, a four-star recruit who will likely flex between a role as Trimble's backup and as Trimble's sidekick.


Fellow guard Kevin Huerter, at 6-6, is a talented shooter with point guard attributes, as well. That's before mentioning the late addition of forward Justin Jackson, a former UNLV commit solidified the frontcourt rotation with his pledge.

Four-star Micah Thomas and Spanish forward Joshua Tomaic round out the group.

"They're going to help a lot," Nickens said. "It kind of reminds me of my freshman year where we kind of, I wouldn't say thrown into the fire, but they're going to be able to contribute and we signed L.G. Gill ... so he has experience too. We're going to be pretty good this year."

And it all centers around Trimble, who was so integral to Maryland's success when he was a freshman. Having come to the Terrapins at the same time, Nickens has been along for every step so far and he can foresee what going through the draft process will do for Trimble.

"It just brings that fire to him, which I know he has. It's just going to allow him to play well," he said. "I mean, last year I would say he's seen all types of defenses so now he'll be prepared to know what's coming. I'm just excited to see his growth as a 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.