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'He wasn’t even sweating' -- How an out-of-sync Stone lifted Terps


'He wasn’t even sweating' -- How an out-of-sync Stone lifted Terps

COLLEGE PARK -- The entire reason why Mark Turgeon has shifted Diamond Stone to his new role as sixth man has been to help him to avoid foul trouble. For the first time in a long time, fouls became an issue in Maryland’s 62-56 victory over Northwestern on Tuesday night.

In a grind-it-out game, Stone registered two fouls by the 9:47 mark of the first half. Already short-handed with center Michal Cekovsky ruled out with an illness, Stone played only 15 minutes in a 45-minute overtime game.

But he produced, scoring 11 points and hitting all five of his free throws. He was inserted back into the game late in overtime and had a game-changing finish off a pass from Melo Trimble, plus a foul, that gave Maryland control by putting them up three.

“I thought in overtime he was terrific,” head coach Mark Turgeon said after the game. “For never really being a part of the game and having no flow, to come in there and catch the ball the way he catches it and lay it in and rebounding the ball and make those free throws is pretty special for a guy that big.”


Turgeon said there was still a level of frustration for Stone, but it will continue to be a point of emphasis.

Now, there is a question to be raised as to whether he should have played more minutes down the stretch in regulation because he did not pick up his fourth foul until there was under a minute left in overtime. At that point, what is there to lose?

But a bigger takeaway is this -- Stone is a five-star freshman who can be taken off the bench cold and has enough poise and confidence to affect a game the moment he steps on the floor in crunch time.

He has done it before against Penn State and Michigan in the second half, but tonight was different. It was a much more precise stretch of time during which Maryland needed a hero and they found him in Stone.

That speaks to his continued maturation.

“He’s growing up. He’s learning,” Maryland forward Robert Carter, Jr., who pulled down 14 rebounds of his own in the win, said. “Every game you’re not going to have just one foul … and you’ve got to learn how to fight through it, get through it, stay mentally into the game because we needed him.”

“He wasn’t even sweating,” Turgeon added. “To do that, he was very calm. There’s a reason he’s such a good player.”

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Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Not the homecoming former Terp D.J. Moore was hoping for against the Redskins

Former Maryland Terrapin D.J. Moore made his first trip to FedEx field as an NFL star. His Carolina Panthers traveled up to Landover, Md. for a Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins.

However, it was not the homecoming he and the Panthers were hoping for. 

The first-round draft pick had two fumbles in the first half against the Redskins. Both were punch-outs due to Moore not holding the ball tight enough.

The wide receiver's first came as he fielded the Redskins' first punt of the afternoon.

The second being a fumble coming off of his first reception, punched out by Josh Norman, who had his best game as a Redskin.

Both plays had enough effort, probably too much. Moore was clearly trying to make something out of nothing and both times it cost him and the Panthers two key possessions on the road. 

First two touches, two fumbles. Not a good look. 

But in other Maryland Terps news, Vernon Davis did haul down the first touchdown of the game and Torrey Smith scored a late touchdown and converted the two-point conversion. 


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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

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As one of the most penalized teams in college football, Maryland's penalty woes showed vs. Michigan

On the field, it has been a season of ups and downs for the Maryland Terrapins. On Saturday, it became evident that the team's penalty issues are at epic proportions based on their loss to Michigan.

This season, Maryland is one of the most penalized teams in all of Division I football. 

No matter if the penalties are coming in wins or in losses, yellow flags have forced Maryland to dig themselves out of holes this season. Quickly these holes become insurmountable with the inconsistent offense the Terps have this season. 

Below is where they stand on the NCAA FBS Division I leaderboard:

  • Penalties per game (4th worst) - 9.8 penalties
  • Penalty yards per game (3rd worst) - 93.8 yards
  • 7 penalties per 100 plays (t-worst) 

This past Saturday against Michigan, their penalties were a significant factor in a loss for the first time this season. Twelve times the Terps were flagged, costing them 107 yards. 

The first major penalty was just after the Terps got a big kickoff return for a touchdown by Ty Johnson to give them an early 7-3 lead. Two scrimmage plays later, Darnell Savage got his second interception of the season on Michigan's side of the field with the upset in full swing. A holding penalty on the return pushed the Terps back to midfield where they would go three-and-out. 

That mistake, although minuscule at the time, cannot happen on the road against a top-25 opponent. A momentum-swinging play was diminished by the penalty and kept them from adding to their lead.  

The offense though was responsible for most of the dirty laundry on the field. Of their 12 penalties, half of them were on the offense. Five of those six were detrimental to their success. 

A holding penalty in the second quarter prevented the Terps from having the chance to answer Michigan's first touchdown of the game.

On the first drive of the second half for the Terps, three penalties in the first four plays pushed them back to a 4th-and-36. 

Although they converted a fourth-and-6 in the red zone, they got pushed back to that mark because of a false start the play prior. This was their first drive of the fourth where they were behind by three scores and desperately trying to come back.

In their Week 1 shocking upset over the ranked Texas Longhorns the team had eight penalties for 70 yards. This was the only game that their opponent committed more penalties.

The next week at Bowling Green (14 for 139 yards) was worse, at home vs. Temple (five penalties, 35 yards) and at Minnesota (10 penalties, 118 yards).

Currently, the team is sitting at 3-2 with a win over the No. 9 team in the country, Texas. Considering everything that has happened, and they are under interim head coach Matt Canada, they are rising above expectations. 

But by no means are there many confident in how the Terps have played this season. Mostly that is due to these penalties.