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Maryland downs Michigan State for 9th straight win

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Maryland downs Michigan State for 9th straight win

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 30 points, Brionna Jones had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and No. 5 Maryland defeated No. 17 Michigan State 85-76 Friday night for its ninth straight victory.

Coming off a 41-point performance at Purdue, Walker-Kimbrough came up with a satisfying encore. The 5-foot-11 junior guard went 9 for 16 from the floor, 3 for 3 from beyond the arc and made all nine of her foul shots.

Though Walker-Kimbrough's effort at Purdue was one point short of the school record, her 71 points is the most ever by a Maryland women's player over two successive games.

The Terrapins (21-2, 10-1 Big Ten) never trailed in moving into a tie atop the conference standings with Ohio State.

Maryland will face the Buckeyes on Monday night, looking to avenge an 85-80 defeat on Jan. 2.

Aerial Powers scored a season-high 31 points for Michigan State on 14-for-27 shooting. Branndais Agee added 22 points, but no other Spartan reached double figures.

Michigan State (17-5, 8-3) hoped to move into a second-place tie with the Terrapins but was outplayed from the outset. The Spartans fell into an early 11-2 hole, trailed by 17 in the second quarter and used a late surge to make the final score respectable.

Tori Jankoska, who came in averaging 16.4 points per game, missed her first eight shots and finished with eight points on 2-for-12 shooting. It was only the second time this season she failed to reach double figures.

Maryland made seven of its first eight shots from the floor and got points from five different players in bolting to a 15-6 lead. Walker-Kimbrough had 12 points in the first quarter and the Terrapins went 9 for 12.

After Morgan Green opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer for the Spartans, Jones made three baskets in a 10-0 spree that made it 32-17.

Powers scored eight points in a row for Michigan State to make it 47-38 in the third quarter. Brene Moseley answered with two straight baskets for Maryland, and Walker-Kimbrough drilled a 3-pointer before Jones capped the 10-0 run with a follow-shot.

It was 78-65 with 1:52 remaining before the Spartans made a late, futile push that cut the deficit to 81-76 with 37 seconds to go.

The game was originally scheduled to be played on Jan. 23, but was postponed because of snow.

TIP INS

Michigan State: The Spartans are in the midst of a stretch of four games in eight days. ... Powers has scored at least 20 points in four straight games. She came up short of matching her career high of 35, set in January 2014 against Nebraska. ... MSU had won eight of nine, the lone setback at Indiana on Jan. 13.

Maryland: Walker-Kimbrough also had six rebounds, five assists and two steals. ... Moseley scored 15 of her 17 points after halftime. ... The Terrapins improved to 6-0 against the Spartans, including 4-0 at home. ... Maryland is 201-33 at home since the start of the 2002-03 season. ... The Terrapins, who came in with a nation's-best 17.5 rebounding margin, finished with a 43-33 advantage on the boards.

UP NEXT

Michigan State: Faces Iowa on Sunday to conclude a busy weekend on the road.

Maryland: Seeks revenge at Ohio State on Monday night.

Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.

After historic season, Virginia's Tony Bennett named AP Coach of the Year

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After historic season, Virginia's Tony Bennett named AP Coach of the Year

SAN ANTONIO -- Virginia coach Tony Bennett isn't going to waver from his foundation, whether it's the philosophy that built the Cavaliers into a contender or the big-picture perspective that helps him handle the sting of a historically improbable loss.

Both ends of that approach are fully on display now as he is named The Associated Press men's college basketball coach of the year.

Bennett won the honor Thursday after his Cavaliers set a program single-season record for wins, dominated the Atlantic Coast Conference and reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the first time since the Ralph Sampson era. Yet that wildly successful season ended abruptly in the most unexpected way: with the Cavaliers falling to UMBC to become the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16-seed in NCAA Tournament history.

"They experienced things a lot of guys don't," Bennett said in an interview with the AP. "That kind of success? Oh my gosh. And then that kind of loss? ... But again, their body of work deserves to be celebrated.

"And then so much of what society looks at -- it begs the question -- is it just about how you do in March? Or is it about the whole thing? It's a fair debate (on) what matters. But I told them: I wouldn't trade this team for anything. Even the experiences, as hard as they are, this is part of the process."

Bennett was the runaway winner for the award, which is being presented at the Final Four. He earned 50 of 65 votes from AP Top 25 writers with ballots submitted before the start of the NCAA Tournament.

Tennessee's Rick Barnes was second with five votes after leading the Volunteers to 26 wins and an NCAA bid despite being picked to finish 13th in the 14-team Southeastern Conference. First-year Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann was third with four votes.

This marks the second time Bennett has won the award, the other coming in 2007 when he was at Washington State.

In Bennett's ninth season, the Cavaliers (31-3) went from being picked to finish sixth in the ACC to winning the regular-season race by four games -- the first to win the ACC by that wide a margin since 2000. It then won the ACC Tournament to complete a 20-1 run against league opponents.

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Virginia also reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the first time since December 1982 and stayed there the final five weeks of the regular season, the last two unanimously.

And yet, the 48-year-old coach knows much of the focus will be on how things ended: that 74-54 loss to the Retrievers while playing without ACC sixth man of the year De'Andre Hunter.

Dealing with a roster of players in pained disbelief, Bennett said he has told them that they have "an unbelievable captive audience" waiting to see how they would handle it.

"I said how you respond to this will matter to your mom and dads, to your brothers, your sisters, your friends," Bennett said. "If they see that you're not fake about it, that yeah, of course you're going to be discouraged and down after a loss like that, but that you're OK. You can live with it.

"I said: you don't know the power that that's going to have in their life and in your life."

Bennett said he appreciated other coaches offering support, which included Syracuse Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim noting: "If I could hire a coach in this country and I could get Tony Bennett, there would be nobody in second place."

He said he's still reviewing what worked and what didn't, but "certainly you don't overreact" by changing everything that had brought the Cavaliers to this point.

This is, after all, a program that has been a 1-seed three times in the past five seasons with three ACC regular-season titles.

And Bennett won't be deterred from chasing more, even if it means stumbling a few more times on the way to reaching his goals.

"You better have something beyond the opinion of man or just how you feel, because this stuff is fleeting," Bennett said.

"So that's where obviously my faith is everything to me. You hear people talk about their faith in the lord and the relationship with the people that they care about, their family and their trusted friends. Those things stand the test of time. And that's what you have to draw from. And then you move on."