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Maryland pulls away from Mount St. Mary's: 5 things to know


Maryland pulls away from Mount St. Mary's: 5 things to know

COLLEGE PARK -- All of the offseason excitement for the No. 3 Maryland Terrapins came to this on Friday night in College Park, a season opener in which they had to fight with a scrappy mid-major for nearly 30 minutes before eventually closing the door for good.

Aided by three-pointers and pressure defense, Mount St. Mary’s stuck with the Terrapins before the divide between high-major and mid-major showed itself in an 80-56 Maryland victory in front of a sellout crowd of 17,950 at XFINITY Center in College Park.

This was a nine-point game at the 15:59 mark of the second half and within six minutes became a 20-point game after a Melo Trimble layup.

The sophomore, Trimble, led the way on Friday with 14 points, two rebounds, and two assists. He was one of five players in double figures, along with Jake Layman, Diamond Stone, Robert Carter, Jr., and Jared Nickens.

Here are 5 things you need to know.

1) Maryland looked to take control early

It took some time for Maryland to get its feet under itself, but an 8-0 run in the middle of the first half pushed the lead to 32-14. The offense appeared to be humming with elite-level, crisp passing and inside-out looks that drove the offense.

2) 12-2 run halts the Maryland push

The offense for Mount St. Mary’s is built on forcing turnovers and hitting three-point shots. They did both in the first half to claw their way back into the game and force Maryland to respond.

Preseason All-NEC players BK Ashe and Gregory Graves led the push from the outside with 19 combined points in the first half and they played major roles in the 12-2 run that cut the Maryland lead and another pair of threes that made the lead just six with a minute to go before the half.

A concern has to be perimeter defense because against a team like The Mount, which is overall much smaller than the Terrapins, closing out on shooters forces them into the lane where your shot blockers are.


3) The second-half push

As mentioned above, Mount St. Mary’s had this game in single digits with under 16 minutes to play. That is where the Maryland muscle took over. It was inside and it was outside over the course of six minutes and the Terrapins took control for good.

4) An aggressive Layman?

With the graduation of Dez Wells, there was not only a leadership void but a scoring void as well. If Friday night’s game is any indication, Layman may be willing to fill both.

It has never been about skill for the Massachusetts native. It has been about assertiveness. Against Mount St. Mary’s, he was, taking the opportunity to shoot with confidence off of screens, then flexing down to the power forward spot and taking smaller defenders in the post.

He finished with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go along with five rebounds.

He punctuated the performance with an alley-oop slam off a pass from Jaylen Brantley in transition with 5:35 to play in the second half.

5) Listing some lingering questions

There are a few for Maryland after this game:

- Where does scoring come from on the second unit? A lineup of Jaylen Brantley, Rasheed Sulaimon, Jared Nickens, Damonte Dodd, and Michal Cekovsky leaves the Terrapins without a go-to scorer.

- What’s at the root of the turnover issues? Maryland hit double digits giving the ball up, which was accentuated on Friday night by the fact that The Mount did not give it up, increasing the turnover differential. 

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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."