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Maryland cruises past Northwestern: 5 things you need to know


Maryland cruises past Northwestern: 5 things you need to know

This was finally a spotlight game where the Maryland Terrapins looked like the nation’s No. 4 team from nearly start to finish.

Sophomore Melo Trimble approached triple-double territory on an impressive evening in a 72-57 Maryland victory over Northwestern on Saturday night in Evanston, Ill. Trimble finished with 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists.

Four other players scored eight or more points in a balanced victory. Here are five things you need to know.

1) Diamond Stone a spark off the bench (again)

After Maryland’s five-star freshman broke school records in the team’s comeback win against Penn State, there seemed to be a question as to whether or not he would again come off the bench against Northwestern or if Turgeon would re-insert him into the starting lineup.

He came off the bench and he had an immediate impact.

Coming into the game around the 16-minute mark, Stone scored on the next two offensive possessions and had eight points by halftime. That kick-started the attack on Saturday night. Stone finished with 10 points to go along with three rebounds and two blocks.

2) Why the offense worked

Maryland has trouble vs. zones. Northwestern came out in a zone. So once Stone came into the game, they just starting running past it.

By going in transition to keep Northwestern from setting up the zone and by hitting shots from the outside when they were forced into half-court sets, Maryland got on a roll. The Terrapins were +7 in turnover margin in the first half, when led to run-outs and easy buckets.

Rasheed Sulaimon, coming off a rough outing against Penn State, started 5-for-5 from the floor for 13 points in the first half. He and Stone together scored more points in the first half (21) than the entire Northwestern team (20).


3) The crowd stays in it

Give Northwestern’s crowd credit. When many fan bases might have lost enthusiasm, the Wildcat fans stayed in it. The Terrapin lead grew to more than 20, but there was no loss of energy.

Even with the lead at 15 with under nine minutes to play, you might have thought it was a one-point game.

4) Always had an answer

When the crowd was in it, though, Maryland always seemed to have an answer to stop a small run from becoming a momentum-changing one.

Maryland lead slipped to “only” 14 points with just over 12 minutes to when Melo Trimble answered with a three. With under 10 minutes to play, the lead was down to 14 again. Sulaimon answered with a three of his own.

Give major credit to the Maryland backcourt. Trimble was in point guard mode and scoring mode at different points in the game, transitioning seamlessly between the two to nearly register a triple-double on the night.

Sulaimon was nearly as impressive, posting 16 points, six assists, and five rebounds. Guard play wins in March and there may not be a backcourt in the country continuing to grow and improve (with such a high ceiling) as much as Trimble and Sulaimon.

5) First road test a win

Northwestern’s gym was not an easy one to walk into and get a win. The crowd kept the pressure on and Maryland responded, giving glimpses of the type of team this can be and the type of ceiling that they can have.

It was running how they want it to -- even offense and aggressive defense, multiple figures in or near double figures, and a clean, tidy game. In hour hour and 50 minutes, Maryland got the win.

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Maryland women's shooting struggles lead to second-round loss vs. N.C. State


Maryland women's shooting struggles lead to second-round loss vs. N.C. State

RALEIGH, N.C.  — Kiara Leslie had 21 points and 11 rebounds against her former team, and North Carolina State beat Maryland 74-60 on Sunday in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament.

Leslie, who spent three seasons at Maryland before graduating and transferring to N.C. State, finished one point shy of a career high.

Kalia Ealey and Chelsea Nelson added 12 points apiece while Akela Maize scored 11 to help the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (26-8) earn their first Sweet 16 appearance since the late Kay Yow led an inspirational run in 2007.


N.C. State, which shot 45 percent and was 7 of 14 from 3-point range, will play the Oklahoma State-Mississippi State winner on Friday night in the Kansas City Regional semifinals.

Brianna Fraser had 17 points for the fifth-seeded Terrapins (26-8), who were held to 37 percent shooting.

Leading scorer Kaila Charles, plagued all day by foul trouble, finished with four points -- 14 fewer than her average -- on 2-of-8 shooting before fouling out with 2:29 left. She had scored in double figures in 30 of her previous 33 games.

Maryland's offense, which averages 80 points, had trouble scoring against one of the nation's stingiest defenses.

N.C. State allows 56.7 points per game and only one team in the past two months -- top-seeded Notre Dame -- has reached 70 against the Wolfpack.


Maryland: The Terrapins were denied their sixth Sweet 16 in seven years in part because their potent perimeter game was nonexistent. Maryland, at 39.1 percent the nation's seventh-most accurate team, missed all five of its 3s. Kristen Confroy, who's third in the nation from long range at 40.3 percent, didn't attempt one.

N.C. State: Leslie kept tormenting her former teammates by turning steals into layups. Big brother C.J. Leslie led the N.C. State men's program to a Sweet 16 in 2012, and now she's headed to one, too.


N.C. State will play either top-seeded Mississippi State or ninth-seeded Oklahoma State on Friday night in the Kansas City Regional semifinals.


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Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round


Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round

NEW YORK -- After struggling with injuries and poor play most of the season, Wisconsin is peaking at the right time.

Brevin Pritzl broke a tie with a foul-line jumper with 28 seconds left and Khalil Iverson secured the win with a steal in the waning seconds, leading Wisconsin past Maryland 59-54 on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Brad Davison and Iverson each made two free throws in the final nine seconds, and the ninth-seeded Badgers (15-17) advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Michigan on Friday at Madison Square Garden after winning for the fifth time in seven games.

"It's a credit to these guys to my right and also the guys back in the locker room, how they've grown over the last month," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "It has been fun to watch and hopefully we've got a lot more basketball yet to play."

The win wasn't pretty, but the Badgers made all the key plays down the stretch and eight-seeded Maryland (19-13) didn't.

The biggest plays were offensive rebounds by Iverson and Ethan Happ after Pritzl and Davison missed 3-point shots with the game tied at 53.

After the second miss with 40.3 seconds to go, Wisconsin called timeout and Pritzl got the game-winner 12 seconds later.

"I think, especially at the end of this game, the possessions are magnified," Davison said. "When you do things right those final possessions, you can really turn things around."

Maryland had a chance to tie the game when Kevin Huerter was fouled by Happ with 9.2 seconds to go, but he missed the first of two free throws and the Terps came up short for the seventh time in 11 games.

"I feel like we were fighting uphill all night," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We had the lead 24-23. It's the one time we had the lead. We tied it a bunch of times. It really came down to two things. We fouled too much and we couldn't get a rebound when we needed a rebound."


Happ had 14 points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin, which lost to Michigan State 68-63 less than a week ago. Davison finished with 13 points while Iverson had 11 and six rebounds and Pritzl 10 points. The Badgers, who lost starting point guard D'Mitrik Trice and reserve Kobe King to injuries in December, won despite shooting 36 percent.

"I personally figure we just have to string together an entire game for 40 minutes and just staying toe to toe with them like we did last game," Iverson said. "I know we'll be ready for them."

Huerter had 20 points to lead Maryland. Anthony Cowan Jr. added 16 points and Bruno Fernando had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wisconsin never trailed in the second half, but it never led by more than three points in the final 11:40 until the closing seconds.

Pritzl's jumper broke a 53-all tie. Huerter then missed the first free throw and made the second. Maryland fouled Davison on the inbounds pass and he made both shots with 8.5 seconds to go for a 57-54 lead.

Wisconsin fouled Cowan rather than let him attempt a game-tying 3-pointer. Since it was a nonshooting foul, the Terps had to inbound with 5 seconds to go and Iverson stole Dion Wiley's pass and then closed the game with two free throws.

"He has evolved into our defensive end stopped," Gard said. "For him to come in and make a play like that at the end to seal it was great."