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Maryland outlasts Ohio State on the road: 5 things you need to know

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Maryland outlasts Ohio State on the road: 5 things you need to know

You don’t put up 100 points on a team in your first meeting and then visit their place and run them out of the gym again. It just doesn’t happen.

After being Ohio State soundly earlier this month in College Park, Maryland endured a second half rock fight to grind out a 66-61 victory over the Buckeyes on Sunday afternoon in Columbus.

Maryland was carried by its starting lineup, with four of those five players reaching double figures. Melo Trimble led the way with 20 points and Jake Layman posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Here are 5 things you need to know.

1) You knew they would come out with energy

Nothing sets a team straight like having 100 points dropped on them. Effort was an issue for Ohio State the last time these two teams met and it was far from it early in this game on Sunday.

The Buckeyes came out of the gate pushing the pace and hitting shots, especially from the perimeter. They jumped out to an 8-2 lead. But Maryland stayed calm and stayed poised. The Terrapins played inside-out, which is their bread and butter.

2) An emphasis on the interior

Mark Turgeon has made it a point to say that Maryland’s reliance on the jumpshot has hurt them of late. No such issue on Sunday. On the first possession, the Terrapins went inside to Robert Carter, Jr., who had a career-high 25 points the last time these two teams played.

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Carter had eight points by halftime. Diamond Stone had the same total at the break. That success on the inside opened up opportunities on the perimeter, where Melo Trimble started to find a groove again with nine points in the first half.

When Maryland’s offense is clicking, there are few in the country better. With a starting five that talented, working the ball inside makes teams choose between letting a defender go one-on-one with a talented post player like Stone or Carter, or helping off and letting someone get a makeable shot outside. It’s tough.

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3) Jake Layman, catalyst

An aggressive Jake Layman could be the X-factor for Maryland as we push closer to tournament games, both in the Big Ten and the NCAAs. It was on display in the first half on Sunday.

His athleticism, when paired with this kind of tenacity, make a difference on both ends of the floor. He was an active defender, hounding Ohio State on the perimeter and then hitting the glass to finish possessions.

He was strong coming off of screens and ferocious attacking the rim, including a big alley-oop slam off an assist from Rasheed Sulaimon. He had 12 points and seven rebounds in the first half.

4) Different pace coming out of the half

Maryland was on pace to again flirt with 80 points after posting 37 points in the first half. It then took nearly four minutes to get a basket in the second half. Fortunately for Maryland, Ohio State was equally as cold.

But that’s a two-sided coin. While the cold Buckeye shooting allowed Maryland to endure its own struggles, they missed a major opportunity to put Ohio State away early in the half.

For a stretch of that half -- not saying that it was the reason for the drought, but it did not help to break it -- Damonte Dodd and Michal Cekovsky had to be on the floor at the same time with Diamond Stone looking uncharacteristically inefficient.

Those two in the paint don’t allow for the same sort of inside-out action that made Maryland successful in the first half. Give credit to Dodd, though. He did have a nice pass off of a pick-and-roll and a jumper, but he cannot be a full first post option.

5) Ohio State comes back, but big shots late seal it

All of those scoring issues are bound to catch up with you eventually. It did by the 6:55 mark, when a Marc Loving three-point play put the Buckeyes on top by one point. That is when the back-and-forth rock fight began.

What opens things up in those types of situations? Three-point shots, which Maryland struggled with until late. But the Terrapins always have that card up their sleeve, no matter how cold they may go.

Rasheed Sulaimon chipped in first with 3:01 to go to extend Maryland’s lead to four, 57-53. Less than a minute later, Melo Trimble added another three to respond to a layup and make it a five-point game.

Then Maryland shifted into close-out mode, which they do so well. Maryland was 12-of-13 from the free throw line in the final 6:27 to get the victory.

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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.