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Lamar Stevens, Penn State have easy time with No. 17 Maryland

Big Ten Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 02: Lamar Stevens #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates in the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes during quarterfinals of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Lamar Stevens scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half, and Penn State had an easy time with No. 17 Maryland in a 78-61 win on Wednesday night.

Myles Dread had 17 points and Myreon Jones added 10 for the Nittany Lions (12-16, 5-12 Big Ten), who led for all but 51 seconds to win their third in a row.

Aaron Wiggins led Maryland (21-8, 12-6) with 15 points, and Eric Ayala chipped in 11.

The Nittany Lions took control in the first half with possibly their best 20 minutes of play since they won the NIT last season. They forced eight turnovers, turned them into 12 points and took the lead for good with a 13-2 run that broke a 3-3 tie less than two minutes in.

Dread was 3 for 6 from beyond the arc in the half while Josh Reaves and Myreon Jones added back-to-back 3-pointers over the final 1:36. John Harrar made a layup, drew a foul and hit his free throw to give Penn State a 42-20 lead at halftime.

Penn State led by 29 at one point in the second half.


Maryland: The Terps will be glad to be done with their road schedule. They went just 5-5 as the visitors and were outscored by double digits three times.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are looking more like the team many thought they’d be earlier in the season. They hadn’t won three straight regular-season games in over a year.


Maryland: Hosts No. 9 Michigan on Sunday.

Penn State: Visits No. 19 Wisconsin on Sunday.