The first pitch Sunday night between UCLA and Maryland marked the third game in 24 hours for the Bruins, but that didn’t seem to bother the Pac-12 power.
UCLA controlled the game from the start -- a contrast from Saturday’s matchup between the two teams -- on its way to a 4-2 victory at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles.
The Bruin victory forces a decisive matchup Monday night between the two teams, with the winner advancing to the Super Regional round of the NCAA tournament.
Sunday night’s game began as Saturday’s did, with a UCLA run in the first inning. The Bruins would add another in the second on a Kevin Kramer single to put Maryland in an early hole.
One of Maryland’s biggest standouts in this regional, Lamonte Wade, went deep in the third inning for the team’s first run -- his second solo home run in as many nights.
UCLA would get that run back in the bottom half of the inning, though, on a Kort Peterson single. Maryland answered in the fifth by manufacturing a run and scoring on a safety squeeze to make it 3-2.
Maryland had an opportunity to tie it in the sixth, but stranded a runner on third after he reached scoring position with one out.
UCLA broke the stalemate in the seventh when Ty Moore’s double off of Maryland reliever Alex Robinson put him in scoring position. On his steal attempt, a throw from Maryland catcher Kevin Martir got away from third baseman Jose Cuas, allowing Moore to score and make it 4-2.
Maryland threatened in the eighth inning against senior closer David Berg with two runners on, but was unable to convert that into runs. Berg would close it out in the ninth.
The decisive game between Maryland and UCLA is scheduled for 11 p.m. on Monday night.
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.
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.
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