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Tracing Diamond Stone's progression so far at Maryland

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Tracing Diamond Stone's progression so far at Maryland

Watch CSN's full interview with Diamond Stone in the video player above, which will begin momentarily.

COLLEGE PARK -- After choosing Maryland over in-state favorite Wisconsin, then going through the preliminary stages of the Team USA process in the summer, all while dropping significant weight and adapting to college life, five-star freshman Diamond Stone is just ready to play basketball, he told CSN on set at Tuesday’s basketball media day in College Park.

Ready to get on the court and, laughing while affirming the comment made by CSN’s Rob Carlin, ready to stop talking to people in the media like us.

“You guys are fun,” he joked. “I just can’t wait to play for Maryland. I can’t wait to look up and see every seat in the house filled.”

It’s unclear exactly where Stone will fit into the rotation for Maryland.

His offensive game is unquestioned. It is much of what made him a five-star recruit out of high school. On the defensive end of the floor is where he has put in the most work to improve and still needs to take strides.

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For that reason, junior Damonte Dodd could get the nod in the starting lineup at the center spot as a defensive stopper, alongside four strong offensive weapons in guards Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon and forwards Jake Layman and Robert Carter, Jr.

That would shift Stone to the second unit where he could not only have his way with second-unit centers until he gets his feet wet, but he would also bring a scoring punch off the bench in the post, spreading Maryland’s assets out more evenly over the first and second units.

“Freshmen bigs have the furthest to come of all players,” head coach Mark Turgeon said on Tuesday. “The last two days, he’s had great practices -- his two best that he’s had, so really proud of him.

“There’s a lot of things he has to do better and he knows that. It’s always been easy for him, so now it’s hard every day and each day gets a little better at sustaining playing at a higher level for us.”

Even if Stone does not start, expect him to work his way in there by the end of the season. As he acclimates himself to the speed of the college game, which he admits he is still doing, he should develop nicely.

Maryland opens its season on Nov. 13 against Mount St. Mary’s (Md.).

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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.

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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.