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Maryland takes care of Bowie State: 5 things you need to know


Maryland takes care of Bowie State: 5 things you need to know

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland came into Tuesday’s game against Division II Bowie State wanting to keep its rhythm with no in-conference game scheduled during the workweek. They likely accomplished what they set out to do.

After a slow start, the Terrapins shifted into gear to close out a blowout victory over the Bulldogs, 93-62, at XFINITY Center in College Park.

Four Maryland players scored in double figures, led by Rasheed Sulaimon’s 16 points. Michal Cekovsky had a career-high 14 points. Diamond Stone had 14 of his own.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) Sleepy start

In a half-full arena for the 6 p.m. tip time, Maryland played with energy to match. Bowie State tried some defensive pressure, which the Terrapins were no really prepared for. They turned the ball over twice in the first three minutes. They were settling for jump shots.

2) Fouls get things going

The game’s pace was slowed by fouls, with Bowie State putting the Terrapins into the bonus just 4:55 into the game. That was a result of Maryland getting away from the jump shots (which they didn’t need) and deciding to exploit their advantage on the interior

The result was easier points and the foundation for the official swing in Maryland’s favor.

Michal Cekovsky had reached his season-high of nine points just under nine minutes into the game. He had a career high of 11 by halftime. Diamond Stone had eight points by the under-8 timeout.


3) But no flow

There seemed to be times where perhaps Maryland had shifted into gear and could pull away for good, but those were typically slowed by fouls. The Terrapins turned it over seven times in the first half and, despite shooting 54 percent while holding Bowie State to 32 percent, needed until just before the half to push the lead to 18 points.

4) Shifting into gear in the second half

Rasheed Sulaimon was the spark out of the gate in the second half, using his defense to create offense. He finished with 16 points to lead the effort.

Cekovsky added to his career-high in the second half and finished with 14 points.

5) Looking ahead

Mark Turgeon wanted this game to keep Maryland in rhythm, being that they have a “bye” in Big Ten play during the workweek. All things considered, they probably accomplished that.

Trimble and Sulaimon played 17 and 20 minutes, respectively, to allow them to get work in while still being mindful of the minutes load they have been forced to carry so far this season. Cekovsky got good work in. Jaylen Brantley saw much more time than he has of late -- and looked solid.

Now comes the home stretch of the Big Ten season. Six regular-season games remain -- three on the road and three at home -- and each will have tournament implications.

Nationally, many still want to see the Terrapins consistently beat quality teams. Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, and Wisconsin will allow for that. How they fare will help to solidify them on either the No. 2 or No. 3 line, mostly likely.

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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.


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.


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


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.


"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.


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."


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.