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No. 6 Maryland uses big second half to beat Michigan 76-56

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No. 6 Maryland uses big second half to beat Michigan 76-56

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- After stumbling through a miserable first half, No. 6 Maryland tapped into its depth and took advantage of its size against Michigan in the final 20 minutes.

The resulting 76-56 victory Wednesday night just might pay dividends for the Terrapins down the road in the NCAA Tournament.

The Terrapins (24-3, 13-2 Big Ten) fell behind by nine points in the second quarter and 30-29 at halftime. It was only the third time this season Maryland trailed at the break.

The third quarter, however, was completely different. Jones scored six points in an 11-3 run that put the Terrapins up 40-36, and Maryland tallied the final nine points of the period for a 51-40 lead.

Maryland turned the game into a rout by outscoring Michigan 25-14 in the fourth quarter.

"When we were able to regain some poise and composure, we just did a tremendous job," coach Brenda Frese said.

Jones and forward Malina Howard dominated the inside, and reserves Kiara Leslie and Brene Moseley combined for 23 points on a night that leading scorer Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was limited to a season-low nine points.

"It was a tough night for Shatori, but I think we've grown as a team," Frese said. "We're a really talented team and you've got to be ready for anything that can happen. It was really good to be able to see the response."

Kristen Confroy scored 14 for the Terrapins, who completed a season sweep of the Wolverines (15-11, 7-8).

Jones, a 6-foot-3 center, went 8 for 10 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds.

Katelynn Flaherty led Michigan with 17 points and Madison Ristovski matched her season high with 15. The Wolverines came in riding a three-game winning streak, their best run in the Big Ten since 2012-13.

For a while, Michigan appeared capable of pulling off an upset. Using an aggressive man-to-man defense, the Wolverines limited Maryland to a season-low 29 points in the first half.

It didn't last.

"I thought we did a great job in the first half of taking Maryland out of what they normally do," coach Kim Barnes Arico said. "But the No. 6 team in the country really showed why they're the No. 6 team in the country with the balanced attack they had. And Brionna Jones just wore us down."

Flaherty scored 10 and the Wolverines forced 11 turnovers during a surprising half in which Walker-Kimbrough had as many turnovers as points (2).

Maryland went 1 for 5 with six turnovers in the opening six minutes and fell behind 11-4.

After Michigan used a 6-0 run early in the second quarter to make it 21-12, the Terrapins responded with five straight layups to take the lead for the first time.

Although the Terps dominated the third quarter, they didn't pull away until Howard scored on a drive and Confroy buried a 3-pointer to launch a 9-0 run that gave Maryland its first double-digit lead.

YOUTH IS SERVED

Michigan: With only one senior starter, the Wolverines have plenty of room to grow. "We're young and we're going against an experienced team that's gone to the Final Four. We want to get to that level," Barnes Arico said. "In the first half we proved we could hang around. Now, our next step has got to be putting together a complete game."

Maryland: Leslie, a sophomore, had 10 points in 12 minutes. She had a total of eight points in her previous five games.

TIP-INS

Michigan: Flaherty has scored 578 points this season. The school record for a sophomore is 580, set by Peg Harte in 1982-83. ... The Wolverines were averaging 80.8 points per game.

Maryland: The Terrapins improved to 4-0 against the Wolverines. ... Maryland came in leading the nation with a .420 percentage beyond the arc. The Terps went 1 for 5 in the first half and finished 5 for 14.

UP NEXT

Michigan: The Wolverines host Penn State on Saturday.

Maryland: The Terrapins travel to Rutgers on Sunday.

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland forward Justin Jackson will forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility to seek a career in the NBA.

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon also says guard Dion Wiley will transfer before playing his senior season.

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Jackson averaged 10.5 points as a freshman before missing most of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury.

Jackson says, "After talking with my family and weighing my options, it's my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in professional basketball."

Wiley appeared in 83 career games, playing a backup role on three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Turgeon.

Maryland was 19-13 this season, including 8-10 in the Big Ten, and failed to reach the postseason.

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

Long-time University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Charles Grice “Lefty” Driesell will finally be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

This is according to NBC Sports Washington contributor Jon Feinstein.

Driesell coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons between 1969-86. While guiding the program to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Championship, Driesell transformed Maryland into a legitimate force in college basketball.

When hired by the Terps, Driesell famously announced that he wanted to turn Maryland into the “UCLA of the East.” After only four seasons he had made it to two ACC Championship Games and his first Elite Eight appearance. His success opened the door not only for the program but the school to compete at the highest levels of competition.

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Maryland made it as high as the Elite Eight twice under the reign of Driesell. He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice and won one ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. At the time of his NIT Championship with the Terps in 1972, the NIT was held in a similar regard to the NCAA Tournament.

He is second on Maryland’s all-time wins list (348), behind Gary Williams’ 461. Driesell however, still holds the best win percentage of all Maryland coaches with 68.6 win percentage.

After Maryland, the former Duke basketball coached at James Madison for just short of a decade and ended his coaching days at Georgia State. Driesell also coached at Davidson before taking the Maryland job to combine for over 40 seasons at the head of a Division I basketball program.

The 86-year-old was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2007. He also the namesake for the NCAA’s best defensive player of the year award, which was first awarded in 2010.

The official announcement from the Naismith Hall of Fame will be during the Final Four on Saturday, March 31.

WANT MORE HOOPS?  Listen below as Troy Machir and Chick Hernandez discuss Lefty Driesell's legacy in the area and why the Terps icon was on the outside of the Hall of Fame for so long.