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No. 9 Maryland opens with 102-53 win over UMass-Lowell

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No. 9 Maryland opens with 102-53 win over UMass-Lowell

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland guard Brene Moseley proved she might help fill the void left by Laurin Mincy and Lexie Brown.

Moseley had 24 points and a career-high 10 assists for No. 9 Maryland, which opened its season with a 102-53 rout of UMass-Lowell on Saturday.

"I think my teammates just did a good job of getting open," Moseley said. "They had a lot of open reads, so it was easy to just get them the ball."

Brown and Mincy combined to average about 27 points as senior guards last year, while Moseley averaged only 5.6 points in a reserve role.

Moseley didn't start Saturday either, but made her case for more time at point guard by finishing 8 of 13 from the field with only one turnover. She came within two of her career-high 26 points set as a freshman, before tearing her ACL and received a medical redshirt in the 2012-13 season

"Our scoring is going to come in a variety of ways," said Maryland coach Brenda Frese. "But Brene knows that we have to have offense in that position. She's a got a beautiful shot from 3, and she's such a difficult matchup when you talk about her 3-ball, her pull-up and getting to the rim."

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 20 of her 22 points in the first half for the Terrapins, who are coming off the school's first back-to-back appearances in the Final Four.

Freshman Kiah Gillespie added 15 points as Maryland surpassed 100-point mark for a second consecutive season opener.

Nicole Hayner had 15 points to lead Lowell. Kayla Gibbs scored 12 points and Lindsey Doucette added 10.

"We wanted to get to 50 points and we did, and that's why the team was really excited and happy to get there," said coach Jenerrie Harris. "We had some good moments where we executed nicely, but then Maryland is quick and they can recover."

Walker-Kimbrough scored 15 of Maryland's first 24 points, including seven straight on a 3-pointer, a baseline jumper and a putback that fueled a 22-0 run for a 30-5 lead.

The lead grew to 40 points when Moseley's 3 from the left wing pushed it to 56-16 late in the second quarter.

In the third, Walker-Kimbrough's steal and no-look feed set up Moseley's layup to make it 76-26.

"You see signs of great teams that are really mature that don't play to the scoreboard," Frese said. "I thought at times our group really locked in in the first half. I think we got a little distracted in the second half."

THE 100 MARK

Maryland: 102 points was its most since scoring 110 against Coppin State last season. The Terps scored 109 to open last season against Mount St. Mary's.

UMass Lowell: The visitors came within five points of their most allowed in school history, when they let in 107 against Quinnipiac in 1983.

TIP-INS

Maryland's upperclassmen received commemorative rings and a banner was raised to the rafters to commemorate last season's Final Four appearance. . No Maryland player played more than Moseley's 26 minutes. . Lowell is not scheduled to play another current Top 25 team this season. . The Terps outrebounded the River Hawks 53-34 and had only 15 turnovers, 10 fewer than their opponents.

UP NEXT

UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks stay on the road to face Connecticut State on Tuesday.

Maryland: The Terrapins continue a three-game run at home against High Point on Wednesday.

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Maryland reacts to latest FBI investigation reports

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Maryland reacts to latest FBI investigation reports

The world of college basketball has been on high alert since last fall when reports first surfaced of a longterm FBI investigation into the worst-kept secret in sports: college athletes being paid to play.

News surrounding the scandal died down after the inital wave of arrests, but Yahoo! Sports released a warning of sorts recently and followed it up on Friday by naming players (both past and present) for the first time. There were dozens of programs and players implicated, including Maryland's Diamond Stone.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon released the following statement Friday afternoon.

"Late last night we were alerted of a report associating one of our former student-athletes with an agent. We are extremely disappointed, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation. I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Miller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player. We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community."

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season, after which he left for the NBA. That Terps team was highly-ranked entering the season but ended up losing in the Sweet 16 to top-seeded Kansas.

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Andy Miller is the agent whose financial records were used to implicate so many players in the Yahoo! Sports report. It's no surprise that Turgeon would deny having a relationship with Miller regarding any of his players, but the question remains: What does this mean for Maryland basketball?

You can be sure that Turgeon will be meeting with both past and current assistant coaches Friday to confirm they have not had any involvement with Andy Miller. He'll also certainly be meeting with higher-ups at Maryland, as they try to cover their bases. 

That said, it seems unlikely Maryland would take an action as drastic as firing Turgeon over these allegations. There has been no evidence released so far that implies Turgeon had any knowledge of Stone's actions. Barring further information coming to light, it seems as though this is a case of Stone developing a relationship with Miller's agency separately from Maryland.

Some of the more vocal members of Maryland's fan base would like to think Turgeon is on the hot seat. The truth is, given his long-term contract and the current state of Maryland's finances, it's not currently feasible to fire him and expect to afford a more accomplished coach. Though if further reports indicate Turgeon was complicit, then all bets are off.

It remains possible the NCAA will impose punishments on the schools involved with this scandal, in the form of reduced scholarships, postseason bans, or worse. But that's likely off the table until further evidence comes out regarding how much schools and coaches actually knew. It is a near-certainty that some schools were in cahoots with Miller and other agents; the problem is identifying which schools were intentionally breaking the rules, and which were simply unaware. Ultimately, however, some degree of responsibility falls on the head coach.

For now, the biggest worry on the minds of Maryland fans should be vacated wins. If Diamond Stone was ineligible, then it's possible the victories Maryland recorded during the 2015-16 season will be erased from the record books. Unfortunately, this could include their run to the Sweet 16, which was the program's first in more than a decade.

Given the expectations surrounding the team during Stone's year in College Park, his tenure could already be considered a disappointment. Losing those wins would further dampen the memories fans have from that season.

On the bright side, at least the Terps didn't have a Final Four run to lose.

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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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