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Maryland makes wrong kind of history vs. Hawaii, but still wins

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Maryland makes wrong kind of history vs. Hawaii, but still wins

SPOKANE, Wash. -- On a given night, Maryland can beat you offensively in a number of different ways. That's part of what has made them one of the 16 teams remaining in the hunt for a national title. 

But Sunday against Hawaii it was clear from the beginning what was not going to work, no matter how much they stuck with it: three-point shooting. Six different Terrapins took at least one shot from deep and only one player could hit -- Melo Trimble, who was 1-of-6 -- on what ended up being a historically poor shooting night despite Maryland's 73-60 victory. 

As a team, Maryland finished 1-of-18 from three-point range (5.6 percent), which ESPN Stats and Info says is the worst percentage ever by a team that took at least 10 threes in an NCAA Tournament victory. But at least "victory" is a qualifier, right? 

Hawaii came into Sunday's game as one of the best teams in the country at defending the three-point line, but that does not explain all of Maryland's woes. They were able to manufacture a number of open looks from the perimeter off of dribble penetration or post entries, but just could not knock those attempts down. 

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Some even missed badly, which seemed to be caused by nerves that head coach Mark Turgeon acknowledged after the game. 

The one make couldn't have come in a bigger spot, though. Trimble's pull-up three in transition was part of a 9-0 run in the span of less than two minutes. After he hit the shot and Hawaii called a timeout, he turned to the small but vocal contingent of Maryland fans behind the team's bench and let out a loud yell. That run would be pushed to 17-2 soon after to put the Terrapins ahead for good.

"I told the guys before the tournament started, I said, we're going to have a game where we can't make a shot and we got to defend. And we did that tonight," Turgeon said. "We defended and we finally rebounded a little bit better during that stretch when we took the lead."

The shooting issues cannot persist if Maryland wants to make it to the Elite Eight. Kansas entered the NCAA tournament as one of only two teams nationally to rank in the Top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Three-point shooting could hold the key to a win, but more struggles could mean a game that quickly swings in the opposite direction.

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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.

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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."

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.