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Why Stone will come off bench, even after record 39-point game

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Why Stone will come off bench, even after record 39-point game

Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone will again come off the bench on Saturday against Northwestern, only days after he set a school record by scoring 39 points in a come-from-behind victory over Penn State on Wednesday evening, head coach Mark Turgeon says.

Stone broke the school's single-game freshman scoring record, which had stood since Joe Smith scored 33 points in Dec. 1993 against Rider.

Such a breakout performance presented Turgeon with a problem. He seems to have found something by bringing Stone off the bench, simultaneously boosting his first-unit defense and his second-unit offense.

It has given Stone more favorable matchups when he enters the game, often against backup forwards. It has also split up Damonte Dodd and Michal Cekovsky, two players with similar skill sets who function better on the floor at different times.

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But it is difficult from an optics perspective to keep a player like Stone in the sixth man's role after a showing like he had vs. Penn State.

"I kind of accepted it and realized we're a team. It's not just all about me," Stone said after Maryland's win over Marshall. "If we're winning and I'm coming off the bench, then it's a good win. It's no more individual goals anymore. This is college. We're all one."

Ultimately, though, coming off the bench can be little more than a footnote. He played 32 minutes against Penn State and started the second half on the floor for the Terrapins.

Just because he is not in the starting lineup doesn't mean he cannot affect the game like a starter.

At least for Saturday, that appears to be the plan for Turgeon and the Terrapins.

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.