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Maryland dominates Ohio State: 5 things you need to know

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Maryland dominates Ohio State: 5 things you need to know

COLLEGE PARK -- If you’re going to bounce back from a disappointing road loss, this might be the best way to do it.

After falling to Michigan on Tuesday, Maryland came back home and dominated Ohio State from nearly start to finish in a resounding 100-65 victory on Saturday afternoon in College Park.

It was a blowout fueled by offense against a team that eventually lost its offensive spark entirely. The Terrapins shot 62 percent from the floor, including 52 percent from three-point range while holding the Buckeyes to just 38 percent shooting.

Robert Carter, Jr. led the way with a career-high 25 points. Senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon supplemented that with a season-high 22 of his own.

The Terrapins scored 100 points for the first time since they did it beating Maryland-Eastern Shore in Dec. 2012.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) Turnovers an early issue

Not many would have guessed that Maryland would get in an early shootout with a team that ranks 151st in the nation in offensive efficiency, but that’s where we were after four minutes. That was a result of both teams hitting shots, but also the Terrapins turning the ball over.

Six turnovers in nine minutes helped Ohio State get its feet set and sparked the offensive push early. Luckily for Maryland, Robert Carter, Jr. was going to work. He had 10 points during that stretch to help the Terrapins tread water.

2) The tide turns

At some point, the numbers start catching up with you. Maryland’s collection of shooters turned it on, the turnover rate slowed, and the Terrapins took control.

A 9-2 burst to end the half was fueled by defense and more shot-making. A Jake Layman steal as the seconds dwindled in the first half turned into a buzzer-beating Rasheed Sulaimon layup to put the Terrapins up 18 at the break, 48-30.

Those 48 points were the most in the first half all season for Maryland, eclipsing the 46 points they scored versus Marshall and St. Francis.  

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3) The bench wakes up again

We know what we’re getting from Diamond Stone, but beyond that the Maryland bench has been a question mark. Saturday, they came to play.

After enduring the worst shooting slump of his career, sophomore Jared Nickens was 2-of-2 from three-point range in the first half. Senior Jake Layman said that shooters just need to keep shooting to get out of slumps. That’s what Nickens did.

Head coach Mark Turgeon continues to stick with his newest lineup adjustment, bringing Varun Ram as the first guard off the bench to improve the Terrapins’ defense while continuing to sit Jaylen Brantley.

Brantley would get into the game late and make a pair of nice passes for finishes at the rim and had four points and two assists.

4) Didn’t even need Melo’s offense

Those 48 points were a season high for Maryland in the first half and Melo Trimble scored zero of them. Instead, he was a distributor and tallied six assists in the first half.

The pick-and-roll continues to be more and more a part of his game. It’s almost automatic at this point. He was more assertive as a scorer in the second half and finished with eight points and nine assists.

5) Driving a point home

Up by 18 at the half, Maryland kept its foot on the pedal into the second half. By the 10-minute mark of the second half, the Terrapins led by 42 points, 82-40. That is not a typo. It was 82-40.

Maryland kept up the defensive pressure and defense shooting -- and hitting. The regular rotation stayed on the floor until the seven-minute mark and punctuated the afternoon with a few plays, namely Rasheed Sulaimon’s unbelievable fallaway jumper on the baseline and Layman’s big slam, plus the foul, in transition to put the team up by 44.

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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.