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Maryland pulls away from Princeton: 5 things you need to know


Maryland pulls away from Princeton: 5 things you need to know

BALTIMORE -- It has been more than a decade and a half since Maryland played a game in Baltimore, but in its return to Charm City on Saturday night it started slow but shifted into gear to earn an 82-61 victory over Princeton in front of 11,076 at Royal Farms Arena.

Senior Jake Layman led the way with a team-high 19 points. Four other players were in double figures, including 11 points and six rebounds from five-star freshman Diamond Stone.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) Princeton watched the tape

What has Maryland’s issue been through this non-conference part of the season? Being stretched out with smaller lineups and forcing bigs to defend shooters on the perimeter. In the early minutes, the Tigers exploited that.

Robert Carter, Jr., defending Princeton’s Henry Caruso, could not close out and simply ran into a player who was hot. Caruso had eight points in the first six or so minutes of the game. Coming out of the under-16 timeout, though, head coach Mark Turgeon made a change to get Carter off and put Jake Layman or Rasheed Sulaimon on him instead.

2) Having to break the zone

Princeton watched the tape here, too. They came out against Maryland in a 3-2 zone, which forced the Terrapins to confront the biggest thorn in their offensive side so far this year. Early, their shots seemed to be falling when they could work it into the zone’s soft spot -- the corner three.

Layman and Sulaimon helped early, but then they hit a lull. That’s where freshman Diamond Stone again came off the bench and provided a spark. When shots dried up, they needed to get it inside and Stone was there. He was authoritative and went to the rim strong.


3) And then came the run

It comes at different points, depending on the game, but it always seems to be there at some point. On Saturday night, it was at the 6:36 mark of the first when another Caruso three put the Terrapins down by six, 25-19.

Maryland responded by turning up the defensive pressure and getting Princeton out of its rhythm. They piled on from three, with Layman, Melo Trimble and Jared Nickens hitting.

4) Counterpunching in the second half

Maryland began the second half with two strong, patient possessions. The lead was 14 by the 13:48 mark of the second half. But there were multiple points in the second half where Princeton cut the lead back to single digits.

A Princeton three made it eight with 12:53 to play. Maryland responded with a Stone and-1. A steal and dunk by Caruso cut the Maryland lead to nine with 10:25 to play. Layman’s jumper pushed back.

5) Praise for Jake Layman

The senior has had some stretches of criticism this season as he struggled at different points. On Saturday, he was a focal point and an engine for the Terrapins not only offensively but on the glass and defensively as well.

He was the attack dog at the top of Maryland’s 1-3-1 press that go Princeton uncomfortable and also finished with 19 points and eight rebounds

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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."