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Walker-Kimbrough leads Maryland past Syracuse, 82-64

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Walker-Kimbrough leads Maryland past Syracuse, 82-64

By TODD KARPOVICH

College Park, Md. (AP) -- Maryland coach Brenda Frese was concerned about No. 20 Syracuse's full-court pressure.

The No. 5 Terrapins, however, quickly put her mind at ease with another dominant performance.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 19 points and eight assists, leading Maryland over Syracuse 82-64 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Center Brionna Jones made eight of her 10 shots from inside the paint and finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Terrapins (7-0). Tierney Pfirman scored 13 points and Brene Moseley added 12 for Maryland, which shot 32 of 62 (51.6 percent) from the field.

"I thought (the game) was placed at the right time, as we're building as a team, to see the press for 40 minutes and to see that kind of pressure," Frese said. "At times we handled it better than other times. It took us a little to get into a groove as a team. We need to face that to prepare us for what's ahead."

Brianna Butler scored 14 of her 22 points in the first half for Syracuse. Alexis Peterson had 14 points and Briana Day added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Orange (4-2).

The Terps led by 10 at the half and continued to pull away in the third quarter as a floater by Moseley boosted the margin to 49-35 with 7 minutes left.

The Orange adjusted by pushing the ball quicker up the floor in transition. A layup by Peterson and a free throw by Day capped an 11-4 run and cut Maryland's lead to 53-46.

The Terps, however, controlled the fourth quarter. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Moseley and Pfirman provided a 63-50 cushion, forcing Syracuse to call a timeout with 8:51 remaining.

"For us, we just go out and play Maryland basketball," Pfirman said. "It's about the name on our jersey and bettering ourselves. We're not really focused on who were playing in the game. We're focused on how we can make ourselves better."

Maryland wore the Orange down, and Pfirman made another jumper to increase the lead to 73-56 almost three minutes later.

Syracuse went to a full-court press and was forced to attempt 3-pointers, but the Terps were too deep and closed out the game.

Maryland had a huge edge on the boards, 55-31.

"That was a dominant performance by Maryland," Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman said. "When you get hit on the boards for plus-24, you're going to have a tough time winning a basketball game. We just didn't turn the corner."

Walker-Kimbrough scored 10 points in 10 minutes, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Terrapins led 25-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Orange were just 7 of 21 (33.3 percent) from the field.

"We knew their guards would want to shoot the 3," Walker-Kimbrough said. "So, we keyed on that coming in."

The Orange took advantage of three Maryland turnovers and cold shooting to pull to 31-26 on a layup by Day with 5:18 left in the half. The Terps, however, continued to dictate the tempo and a pair of layups by Jones boosted the margin to 41-31 at the break.

TIP INS

Syracuse: The Orange have lost both games to nationally ranked opponents this season. Syracuse lost to No. 8 Tennessee 57-55 on Nov. 20.

Maryland: The Terps are 5-0 all-time against Syracuse. ... Maryland improved to 8-1 overall in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

GRAND THEFT ORANGE

The Orange entered the game ranked first in the Atlantic Coast Conference and fourth in the country with 14.4 steals per game. Syracuse was effective again with 10 steals against Maryland.

SELF CRITIQUE

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had another all-around solid performance with the 19 points and 8 assists. However, she sees room for improvement. "Don't forget the eight turnovers," Walker-Kimbrough replied when asked how she was able to get teammates involved.

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Syracuse begins an eight-game homestand Sunday against Stony Brook.

Maryland hosts Central Connecticut on Saturday.

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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.