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Why Georgetown loss to Radford won't change dynamic of Terps-Hoyas

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Why Georgetown loss to Radford won't change dynamic of Terps-Hoyas

COLLEGE PARK -- In a perfect world, the on-campus matchup more than 40 years in the making would feature two undefeated teams taking the floor against each other on Tuesday night in College Park.

But, apparently, Radford had other plans.

Thanks to an “One Shining Moment”-level shot by Radford guard Rashun Davis in double overtime, the Hoyas visit Maryland with a record of 0-1. Maryland players watched the game, point guard Melo Trimble said, but don’t expect that to change the way they view the Hoya threat.

“We know that just because they lost to Radford doesn’t mean that they’re not going to bring their A-game against us,” he said. “Any loss is going to make any team hungry and I think after losing to Radford and seeing us win, it’s probably going to make them even more hungry to play us just like we are.”

The Hoyas have had two days of practice to bounce back after the loss and this Maryland game is one half of a difficult three-game stretch that will see Georgetown face Wisconsin and then either Duke or Virginia Commonwealth after that.

The prospect of starting the season 0-4 is real for the Hoyas, which seems to be reflected in what head coach Mark Turgeon said on Tuesday.

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“For one, Georgetown has our attention because it’s the second game of the year, it’s what people have been talking about for a long time. They’re a good basketball team,” Turgeon said.

“It gets my attention because I know John [Thompson III] has their attention for two days and you’d much rather play a team after they won by 20 than losing a tough game.”

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is a season and competitor. But what will likely tip the scales on Tuesday is how the young core of Georgetown responds.

Sophomores Tre Campbell, L.J. Peak, Isaac Copeland, and Paul White make up a major part of the rotation and will need to be productive for Georgetown if it hopes to bounce back against Maryland.

Juxtapose that with the upperclassman leadership of Maryland -- Jake Layman, Robert Carter, and Rasheed Sulaimon -- and it seems like a weakness that the Terrapins could exploit.

Tip off is at 9 p.m.

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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.