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Maryland storms back to beat Rutgers: 5 things to know

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Maryland storms back to beat Rutgers: 5 things to know

It took until the final game of the season, but Maryland now has a Big Ten win.

Behind 401 yards of rushing, spread across big days from Brandon Ross, Ty Johnson and even Caleb Rowe, the Terrapins stormed back from 21 points down to beat Rutgers, 46-41, on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J.

Here are 5 things you need to know.

1) Another QB swap

After Perry Hills was cleared to play and start under center, it became clear that the Maryland running game was going to have a tough time against the Rutgers front early on. Hills again struggled to get the ball deep on a pair of attempts, so in came Caleb Rowe -- also cleared to play after being listed as a game-time decision.

There was more life with Rowe in the game. If he limits turnovers, that has always been the scouting report for the South Carolina native. At the half, he was 10-of-19 for 157 yards with no turnovers.

2) Maryland’s secondary again having issues

In the season finale, Maryland faced one of the toughest wide receivers that it has had to match up against all season.

Rutgers’ Leonte Carroo was at the 100-yard receiving mark by the middle of the second quarter and had 132 receiving yards at the half. He finished with 183 yards on seven catches.

It really didn’t matter what Maryland threw at him. Sean Davis was burned deep on a nice stop-and-go route. Darnell Savage had equal troubles staying with him. Will Likely missed the game with an injury, which added to the issues.

Having to focus so much on Carroo opened things up for other receivers, as well. But Maryland wouldn’t give up.

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3) Second-half fight

There were points at which this game could have gotten out of hand, like when Maryland trailed 31-10 following a Rutgers touchdown. But to Maryland’s credit, they fought back.

The Terrapins scored 17 straight points to cut the deficit to 31-27.

They continued to fight thereafter. Rutgers scored a TD to answer, but Maryland added one of its own to cut the deficit to five. They continued to fight.

4) The final push

A 42-yard touchdown run by Kenny Goins put Maryland up by a one. A field goal response put Rutgers back up. Then, it happened.

After two long Ty Johnson touchdown runs earlier in the game and that one by Goins, Maryland got a final one from Brandon Ross to seal it. His 80-yard run up the gut put the Terrapins up by five, 46-41.

Maryland stopped Rutgers by literally an inch on a 4th-and-1 on the ensuing drive. On 3rd-and-5 on the game-sealing drive, Caleb Rowe kept the ball on the read option and scampered 36 yards to give Maryland the victory.

5) First Big Ten win

It took until the last game of the season, but Maryland has a conference win. The Terrapins finish the year 3-9 and 1-7 in conference, but end a disappointing season on a high note.

It is almost certain that interim head coach Mike Locksley will not become the program’s full-time head coach, but it is unclear if he will remain with the program and in what capacity. But right now, a victory to end a trying season is a credit to the way he was able to bring the players in this program together during his interim coaching period.

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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.

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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.