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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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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. 

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