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Maryland tops UMES: 5 things you need to know

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Maryland tops UMES: 5 things you need to know

COLLEGE PARK -- Just before final exams against another mid-major opponent, Maryland looked like it might have been revisited on Saturday by some of the early season struggles it has encountered in the past.

But thanks to a major offensive push coming out of halftime, Maryland got up on Maryland-Eastern Shore and drove comfortably to 77-56 victory on Saturday afternoon in College Park.

Sophomore guard Melo Trimble led the way with 18 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor and did not miss a shot until the second half, while Diamond Stone and Jared Nickens joined him in double figures with 12 apiece.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) Sleepy start

Maryland did not put itself in a hole early, which it had a tendency to do earlier in the season against mid-major opponents. Saturday was just a sleepy start, with low energy on the defensive end and the inability to break a zone defense on the other.

That continues to be a perplexing point for Maryland. The way this team is constructed (and the way it has shot in certain games) zones should be the last option for an opponent.

2) Under-8 spark

Coming out of the under-eight timeout of the first half, Maryland clearly had more energy than they had through the first 12 minutes of the game.

At around the 8:30 mark, the Terrapins led by three points, 20-17. In the span of four minutes, that lead ballooned to 14 points, 33-19. Free throws helped to keep them afloat early in the run, but finally the Terrapins were able to penetrate the lane and find Diamond Stone for two nice looks at the rim.

Add in a Layman layup and a Nickens three and Maryland got rolling.

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3) Fell apart before half

That 14-point lead was trimmed all the way down to six at the break because of a 10-2 UMES run that Maryland could not seem to counter before the intermission.

At the half, Maryland was being outrebounded and out-shot percentage-wise from the field, but free throw shooting and taking care of the basketball kept them afloat.

4) Run coming out of the half

Finally, the energy was there for Maryland coming out of the half. The Terrapins opened the half on a 17-6 run to expand the lead to 15 and they went from there. Melo Trimble powered the effort with eight points in the first 2:30 of the second half.

On one particular possession, the ball was kicked to guard Rasheed Sulaimon on the wing and he made a pretty swing pass to Trimble toward the top of the key. Before even catching the pass, Trimble was smiling after seeing how open he was. He nailed the three.

5) A long layoff

Now Maryland’s next task is staying sharp. The Terrapins do not play again until the 19th against Princeton, then do not play again until Dec. 27 against Marshall. That means having to stay sharp.

At the same time, though, it also gives the Terrapins an opportunity to rest players who have had a lot asked of them so far this season, mainly Trimble and Sulaimon. 

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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.

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.