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Walker-Kimbrough leads Maryland past Syracuse, 82-64

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Walker-Kimbrough leads Maryland past Syracuse, 82-64

By TODD KARPOVICH

College Park, Md. (AP) -- Maryland coach Brenda Frese was concerned about No. 20 Syracuse's full-court pressure.

The No. 5 Terrapins, however, quickly put her mind at ease with another dominant performance.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 19 points and eight assists, leading Maryland over Syracuse 82-64 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Center Brionna Jones made eight of her 10 shots from inside the paint and finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Terrapins (7-0). Tierney Pfirman scored 13 points and Brene Moseley added 12 for Maryland, which shot 32 of 62 (51.6 percent) from the field.

"I thought (the game) was placed at the right time, as we're building as a team, to see the press for 40 minutes and to see that kind of pressure," Frese said. "At times we handled it better than other times. It took us a little to get into a groove as a team. We need to face that to prepare us for what's ahead."

Brianna Butler scored 14 of her 22 points in the first half for Syracuse. Alexis Peterson had 14 points and Briana Day added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Orange (4-2).

The Terps led by 10 at the half and continued to pull away in the third quarter as a floater by Moseley boosted the margin to 49-35 with 7 minutes left.

The Orange adjusted by pushing the ball quicker up the floor in transition. A layup by Peterson and a free throw by Day capped an 11-4 run and cut Maryland's lead to 53-46.

The Terps, however, controlled the fourth quarter. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Moseley and Pfirman provided a 63-50 cushion, forcing Syracuse to call a timeout with 8:51 remaining.

"For us, we just go out and play Maryland basketball," Pfirman said. "It's about the name on our jersey and bettering ourselves. We're not really focused on who were playing in the game. We're focused on how we can make ourselves better."

Maryland wore the Orange down, and Pfirman made another jumper to increase the lead to 73-56 almost three minutes later.

Syracuse went to a full-court press and was forced to attempt 3-pointers, but the Terps were too deep and closed out the game.

Maryland had a huge edge on the boards, 55-31.

"That was a dominant performance by Maryland," Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman said. "When you get hit on the boards for plus-24, you're going to have a tough time winning a basketball game. We just didn't turn the corner."

Walker-Kimbrough scored 10 points in 10 minutes, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Terrapins led 25-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Orange were just 7 of 21 (33.3 percent) from the field.

"We knew their guards would want to shoot the 3," Walker-Kimbrough said. "So, we keyed on that coming in."

The Orange took advantage of three Maryland turnovers and cold shooting to pull to 31-26 on a layup by Day with 5:18 left in the half. The Terps, however, continued to dictate the tempo and a pair of layups by Jones boosted the margin to 41-31 at the break.

TIP INS

Syracuse: The Orange have lost both games to nationally ranked opponents this season. Syracuse lost to No. 8 Tennessee 57-55 on Nov. 20.

Maryland: The Terps are 5-0 all-time against Syracuse. ... Maryland improved to 8-1 overall in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

GRAND THEFT ORANGE

The Orange entered the game ranked first in the Atlantic Coast Conference and fourth in the country with 14.4 steals per game. Syracuse was effective again with 10 steals against Maryland.

SELF CRITIQUE

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had another all-around solid performance with the 19 points and 8 assists. However, she sees room for improvement. "Don't forget the eight turnovers," Walker-Kimbrough replied when asked how she was able to get teammates involved.

UP NEXT

Syracuse begins an eight-game homestand Sunday against Stony Brook.

Maryland hosts Central Connecticut on Saturday.

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Maryland wastes their best change become bowl eligible in loss to Indiana

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Maryland wastes their best change become bowl eligible in loss to Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  -- Indiana Hoosiers coach Tom Allen changed tactics this week.

Instead of focusing on one game, he took the big-picture approach and his players responded.

Stevie Scott's late, long run set up Logan Justus for a 42-yard go-ahead field goal with 2:32 to play and Nile Sykes recovered a fumble in the final minute to preserve Indiana's 34-32 come-from-behind to keep Indiana in the postseason discussion.

"I didn't want to talk about going to bowl games, but I just said, `You know what, forget all that, I'm talking about bowl games' because they're big," Allen said. "I'm going to call these guys out on it and say that's what we're playing for."

After a slow start, the Hoosiers (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten) rebounded with three touchdowns in less than 4 minutes in the first half then closed with a flurry to snap a four-game skid. They need one more victory to become bowl-eligible.

At least they still have a chance and largely because they got contributions from each phase.

Scott carried 19 times for 103 yards and one touchdown. Peyton Ramsey went 16 of 28 with 243 yards, two TD passes and one interception and also made two shifty moves on a 35-yard scoring run in the first half.

The defense held Maryland (5-5, 3-4) to field goals on its first two trips into the red zone and forced four turnovers, including the sealing strip-sack of backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome.

Justus made all four extra points and two field goals, something Maryland could not. A missed extra point and a failed 2-point conversion with 4:54 left took crucial points off the board for Maryland, spoiling Anthony McFarland's career-best day. He ran 29 times for 210 yards in relief of the injured Ty Johnson.

With the loss for Maryland, their bowl hopes have taken a significant hit.

All the team needs is one more win to extend their season by a game and make the postseason. Their remaining two games are against Top 25 opponents Ohio State and Penn State. 

Maryland's lone Top 25 win this season was in the opening week against Texas. 

"This isn't the last game of the season," interim coach Matt Canada said. "Oh my gosh we wanted to win, we certainly could have."

It sure wasn't easy for the Hoosiers , either, even after they took a 31-15 lead midway through the third quarter.

Maryland charged back after Javon Leake returned a kickoff 47 yards to the Indiana 27-yard line. Two plays later, Leake scooted right and sprinted 27 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Pigrome's 2-point conversion pass to McFarland made it 31-23.

The Terrapins closed to 31-26 on a field goal early in the fourth and retook the lead when Pigrome hooked up with Jeshaun Jones on a 15-yard TD pass.

But when Tayon Fleet-Davis' run was stopped short of the goal line, Indiana took advantage.

Following a 23-yard kickoff return to the Indiana 40, Scott broke free down the right side of the field and went out of bounds at the Maryland 33. Four plays later, Justus made the decisive field goal.

"It was amazing," Justus said. "I was kind of just spacing out, I was really excited."

NBC Sports Washington's Tyler Byrum contributed to this story. 

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Maryland football lands commitment from Mike Tomlin's son

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Maryland football lands commitment from Mike Tomlin's son

Dino Tomlin, the son of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, announced on Twitter Tuesday he has committed to play for the Maryland football team. 

A three-star wide receiver, Tomlin becomes the first Terps commit since D.J. Durkin's firing. He is known for his speed, running a 4.52-second 40-yard dash and is the defending Pennsylvania state champion in the 300m hurdles. 

"I felt it was the right place for me to develop," Tomlin told 24/7 Sports. "Get to see good competition. Close to family. Get to play schools that passed on me," Tomlin said.

There is a family connection with Tomlin and Maryland as well: his uncle, Ed, played for the Terps.

As for the scandal surrounding Maryland football, Tomlin doesn't have too many concerns.

"I feel like they handled it appropriately at this point," he said. "I kind of knew I was going to commit a week or so ago. I just let it pan out."