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Stone breaks 22-year-old school record in comeback win over Penn St.

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Stone breaks 22-year-old school record in comeback win over Penn St.

COLLEGE PARK -- As Maryland freshman Diamond Stone walked through the tunnel that leads to the locker room at XFINITY Center in College Park after Wednesday's game against Penn State went final, fans stood and chanted his name in gratitude for the performance he had just put on.

The school record for most points in a single game by a freshman, set by Terrapins legend Joe Smith, had stood at Maryland since 1993. That is, until Wednesday night, when a player born more than three years after that record was set -- Stone -- exploded for 39 points and 12 rebounds to pull Maryland back from 13 points down with 6:34 to play in a 70-64 victory over the Nittany Lions.

“I think Diamond likes the bright lights. He likes the stage. He likes to be challenged,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “We were extremely challenged today.”

Stone did not start vs. Penn State, instead coming off the bench as he has since the middle of the non-conference season. He was the only real offensive threat or consistent rebounder for the Terrapins in the first half, and for that he was rewarded with the opportunity to start in the second half.

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By that point, Maryland trailed by eight points with little offensive flow to speak of. Stone was the spark, not only with his production but with his energy out of the gate. He helped the Terrapins ride a 10-0 scoring run to a tied game, 33-33.

But Maryland would dig itself another hole, down 13 points with 6:34 to play. It was Stone again, this time with a steal as Maryland pressured full court, plus a layup and a foul, that catalyzed the team, cutting the deficit to just six points only a minute later.

“I just thought he was going to pass it there. He did and I just went to the hole,” Stone said. “I think I believed that I could help this team win and so with that being said, I think that I just went back to my basics.”

Now comes the more difficult question for Turgeon. Should Stone stay in his role off the bench where he has been most successful, or shift back into the starting lineup because he has been so productive?

We will soon find out, with a road game against Northwestern awaiting on Saturday.

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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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