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Maryland fights off Northwestern in OT: 5 things you need to know

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Maryland fights off Northwestern in OT: 5 things you need to know

COLLEGE PARK -- Just because Maryland beat Northwestern by double digits on the road earlier this month in the first matchup between these two teams didn’t mean Tuesday night would be all smooth sailing.

Give Northwestern credit. They battled, they scrapped, and they took advantage of where Maryland struggled.

But Mark Turgeon’s decision to insert Diamond Stone late in overtime turned the tide of a hard-fought, back-and-forth 62-56 overtime victory over the Wildcats in College Park.

Stone -- sparingly used because of foul trouble -- played a big part in the extra period.

With 1:13 to play, a beautiful pass from Melo Trimble found Stone who laid it in, plus the foul to break a 55-55 tie. He would come down on the next possession and get fouled again and hit two clutch free throws to push the lead to two possessions, 60-56.

Stone finished with 11 points in just 15 minutes on the floor.

Here are five things you need to know.

1) Following the wrong book

When it comes to allowing a team less talented than you to stay in a game, Maryland was doing everything by the book -- and that’s not good if you’re looking to get a win.

At the center of the issue? Turnovers and rebounding issues. Through 13 minutes, the Terrapins had turned the ball over nine times and allowed six Northwestern offensive rebounds. Not only does that help a team get a lead, but it helps them build confidence as well.

By the 12:33 mark, the Wildcats led by seven points.

2) Diamond Stone gets into foul trouble

For much of the year since he was shifted to the role as sixth man, five-star freshman Diamond Stone has been able to avoid serious foul trouble. That was not the case on Tuesday.

He picked up his second foul with 9:47 to go in the first half, which pushed him back to the bench and kept him out of an offensive groove. Fortunately for Maryland, Damonte Dodd came to play.

Having to face some good Northwestern size, he played smart defense in the post and ate up the minutes that would normally go to Stone. The issue was compounded by the fact that sophomore center Michal Cekovsky missed Tuesday’s game with an illness.

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3) Locking down defensively

Defending doesn’t only mean forcing a miss. It means finishing a possession, as well, which Maryland was not doing early. It took until near the end of the half, but what followed when the Terrapins shifted into gear was a Northwestern drought.

Maryland used a 10-0 run from 4:35 to 1:26 of first half to pull ahead by four points.

No one was selfish in that run or forced shots. The ball was spread around, from Melo Trimble to Jared Nickens to Jake Layman. Maryland led by two points at the break.

4) Both teams struggle offensively to start second

It took more than two minutes for anyone to score in the second half. It seemed Maryland would be able to create some separation, pushing out to an eight-point lead -- their largest of the game -- with 14:34 to play. But a Maryland scoring drought of nearly five minutes followed.

Northwestern did not light it up during that stretch, but pulled even, 41-41, by the nine-minute mark of the second half.

5) Fighting down the stretch (and OT)

From the 7:28 mark of the second half to the 6:21 mark, three straight Maryland possessions ended in jumpers. Mark Turgeon stomped his feet angrily and a timeout soon followed. The message out of that timeout was clear -- get to the basket.

Melo Trimble did that out of the break. Score. And again the next possession. A miss turned into a Jake Layman three to give Maryland the lead, 48-47. Northwestern would tie it, 48-48, with a free throw.

Trimble’s three as the second ticked away in regulation was no good and they headed to overtime.

Stone turned the tide in overtime and Maryland escaped with a win.

Trimble finished with a game-high 18 points and added six assists.

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.

Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.

Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.

With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders.  The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.

Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off.  Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them.  He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).

No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.

Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.

After today though, it may be hard to say no.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!

Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.

But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!

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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.

He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.

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