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Reggie Lynch put his tooth back into place during Gophers' Big Ten Tourney win

Reggie Lynch put his tooth back into place during Gophers' Big Ten Tourney win

WASHINGTON  -- Once Reggie Lynch put his tooth back into place, he and Minnesota couldn't be stopped.

Lynch returned after taking an elbow to the face and scored 16 points to lead fourth-seeded Minnesota to a 63-58 victory over fifth-seeded Michigan State on Friday in a physical Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal.

While Lynch was back quickly, Minnesota lost starting guard Akeem Springs to an Achilles tendon injury that could be season-ending.

Lynch, the Big Ten defensive player of the year, was bloodied from contact with Michigan State's Nick Ward but missed only 1:19 and sparked an 8-0 run that helped the Golden Gophers (24-8) move on to face Michigan in the semifinals.

"I got hit in the face a couple times before the tooth got knocked out, so I knew what I was getting into," Lynch said, his right front tooth back in place. "The tooth, it just shows how these games are, especially this time of year. It's a battle every game you play."


Lynch was a force at each end of the court against Michigan State (19-14), which can bang and bruise with the best of them. Even with 20 points from freshman Miles Bridges, the Spartans couldn't overcome shooting 20 percent from the 3-point line and now must sweat out Selection Sunday on the bubble.

Coach Tom Izzo pointed to his team's youth as the culprit in the loss.

"I just felt like our players did not realize the sense of urgency is needed for 40 minutes when you play in one-and-done time," Izzo said. "Maybe we'll do a better job if we get to play again in a tournament."

Minnesota will play again Saturday against Michigan but very well may be without Springs, who left with four minutes remaining and came back to the bench on crutches. Springs had tape around his right Achilles tendon in the locker room, and coach Richard Pitino said doctors believed it's popped and not looking good.

"It's a huge blow," Pitino said. "If it is the case, we'll be here for him. Our guys, they need to rally around him because he deserves that."

On Friday, Minnesota players rallied around Lynch, one of the nation's top shot blockers, who had five blocks and also dominated offensively in the post.

"It showed us that we had to pick it up. He came out and showed us the toughness that we needed to win," Mason said. "Once we saw him come back from that we said: `Let's pick it up. Let's win it.' that motivated us."

Amir Coffey added 13 points for Minnesota, which had four players in double figures and committed only nine turnovers. Winning a tight game like this was a stark contrast from Minnesota's 33-point loss to Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament a year ago and shows how far the team has come.

"I walked out of the elevator today, there was our band, our cheerleaders. I don't remember anyone there playing songs last year," Pitino said. "This is what March is supposed to be all about."

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Maryland rolls to 96-43 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore

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Maryland rolls to 96-43 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Anthony Cowan had 16 points and nine rebounds, Jared Nickens scored 15 and Maryland opened its home schedule with a 96-43 rout of Maryland-Eastern Shore on Sunday night.

Cowan scored eight points in a 17-0 run that gave the Terrapins (2-0) a 43-15 lead late in the first half. The 6-foot sophomore had 12 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block before halftime.

Nickens made all five of his shots, including four from beyond the arc. Dion Wiley finished with 14 points and freshman Darryl Morsell added 12.

Coming off a comfortable win over Stony Brook on Friday, Maryland yielded the game's first basket before Wiley drilled successive 3-pointers to spark a 12-0 run.

Maryland shot 70 percent (14 for 20) from the floor in the first half and forced nine turnovers, including four by freshman Cameron Bacote.

Bacote led UMES (1-1) with 18 points. He had 28 points and 11 rebounds in the Hawks' opener against Valley Forge.


UMES: Games like this make money for the program and help the Hawks get ready for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference slate. The UMES schedule includes road games against Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Iowa State and Creighton before league play begins in 2018.

Maryland: The Terrapins put five players in double figures for the second game in a row. Justin Jackson and Kevin Huerter are expected to be the go-to scorers this season, but they've not been needed thus far. Maryland will need that kind of balance when the competition gets tougher.


The Terrapins are 18-0 against UMES in a series that began in 1979. This was the first game between the teams since 2015.


UMES: Travels to St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night.

Maryland: Hosts Butler on Wednesday night in the second of four straight home games.

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No. 21 Michigan dominates Maryland in 1st half in 35-10 win


No. 21 Michigan dominates Maryland in 1st half in 35-10 win

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  -- Brandon Peters threw two touchdown passes, Chris Evans ran for two scores and No. 21 Michigan dominated Maryland in the first half in a 35-10 victory Saturday.

The Wolverines (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) have won three straight. The Terrapins (4-6, 2-5) have lost five of six.

Before the second quarter was halfway over, Michigan had a 28-0 lead thanks to Peters' passing and some madcap miscues by Maryland.

Peters threw touchdown passes of 33 yards to Zach Gentry and 3 yards to Sean McKeon. Henry Poggi and Evans ran for scores. Evans, who scored from a yard out in the second quarter, added a 17-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

The Terrapins started their fourth quarterback of the season, Myles Brand, but unlike the previous three, couldn't come close to engineering a win. Brand was 16 for 35 for 136 yards.

In one particularly embarrassing sequence, Lorenzo Harrison badly overthrew Brand with lots of running room ahead of the quarterback, and three plays later, caught a pass from Brand and managed to lose 14 yards.

Trailing 14-0, Maryland tried a fake punt from its own 30. After Jaquille Veii gained just 3 yards and turned the ball over to Michigan, the Wolverines immediately scored on the 33-yard pass from Peters to Gentry.

After a 29-yard pass to Taivon Jacobs was overturned by replay, Michigan blocked Wade Lees' punt. Two plays later, Peters hit McKeon for a 3-yard pass, and the Wolverines' lead was 28-0 with 8:21 to play in the first half.

In the second half, Maryland scored on a 20-yard field goal by Henry Darmstadter and a 10-yard pass from Brand to Jacobs.