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Louisiana Tech's last second field goal tops Navy in Armed Forces Bowl

Louisiana Tech's last second field goal tops Navy in Armed Forces Bowl

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jonathan Barnes kicked a game-ending 32-yard field goal and Louisiana Tech beat Navy 48-45 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Friday.

The Bulldogs (9-5) drove for the winning score after Navy freshman quarterback Malcolm Perry ran 30 yards for a touchdown on his only play with 3:46 left.

Ryan Higgins threw for 409 yards and four touchdowns, two each to Trent Taylor and Carlos Henderson. Taylor, a 5-foot-8 senior, set an Armed Forces Bowl with his 12 catches for 233 yards. Henderson had 10 catches for 129 yards.

Navy (9-5), which was trying for its first consecutive 10-win seasons, instead ended with its third straight loss. The Midshipmen lost the American Athletic Conference title game before its first loss to Army since 2001.

Perry, whose TD with 3:46 left tied the game for the fourth time, came in after Zach Abey took a shot to the ribs on a play that led to a targeting ejection by Tech defensive tackle Jordan Bradford.

Abey, who made only his second start, ran for 114 yards and two scores while throwing for 159 yards and another touchdown.

Aaron Wiggins and Darryl Morsell debate Jalen Smith's top moment at Maryland on Instagram

Aaron Wiggins and Darryl Morsell debate Jalen Smith's top moment at Maryland on Instagram

With Jalen Smith declaring for the NBA Draft, his short, but highlight-packed two-year career at the University of Maryland has come to an end.

The departure was expected, and now Maryland fans are left with memories of some magical moments that "Stix" was a part of. On Thursday, the Maryland Basketball Instagram account posted a few photos of Smith during his Terps career, asking followers to comment on what their favorite moment was.

Plenty left answers, but one debate between two users stood out. Aaron Wiggins and Darryl Morsell, teammates with Smith at Maryland, weighed in with what they believed was the best highlight from the All-American.

Wiggins led off suggesting it was Smith's huge double-double in a road win over Northwestern this past season. 

"Northwestern game. He changed the game and our season! 25 and 17...lol," he wrote.

A perfectly valid answer, Morsell did not agree. The guard felt it was Smith's rim-rocking dunk against Belmont in the Terps NCAA Tournament win over Belmont during the 2018-19 season.

Wiggins came back with the point that Smith's Northwestern game not only included a crazy stat line but featured the big man silencing the crowd and helping Maryland complete a 14-point comeback. 

Persuasive, Morsell wasn't ready to give in, stating that the dunk came in Smith's first-ever NCAA Tournament game and the poster was on a senior. 

The two continued back-and-forth, reminiscing on the two special moments.

In the end, that's exactly what they were. Two special moments that show the strength of Smith's career as a Terp. A double-double in a win that changed the course of the season, and a dunk that earned Smith a spot in "One Shining Moment."

When it comes to the best moment for "Stix" in a Maryland uniform, there is more than one right answer.

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Maryland misses out on impact transfer as PG Bryce Aiken picks Seton Hall

Maryland misses out on impact transfer as PG Bryce Aiken picks Seton Hall

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

For the second time this transfer cycle, Maryland found themselves near the top of the list of finalists for an elite, instant-impact transfer point guard to replace the graduating Anthony Cowan Jr. in the Terps backcourt. For the second time this transfer cycle, they fell just short.

Bryce Aiken, the dynamic point guard from Harvard who scored 33 points against Maryland in November, announced Thursday afternoon that he would be staying local to play for his hometown Seton Hall Pirates.

Maryland was in Aiken's final four schools and could have really used his added scoring punch, but ultimately he was swayed by the idea of staying home. According to basketball writer Adam Zagoria, Aiken was torn between Maryland and Seton Hall right up until the very end, but decided to go elsewhere.

The Terps are set to return a strong core of veteran wing players in Eric Ayala, Aaron Wiggins, Darryl Morsell and Donta Scott, but they are still looking to replace Jalen Smith in the frontcourt and Cowan in the backcourt. They are currently involved with Yale graduate transfer Jordan Bruner, who named the Terps in his final three schools and would fill Smith's spot as the top big man on the market. He is expected to announce his decision soon.

Head coach Mark Turgeon is also pursuing Michigan transfer David DeJulius, who has a connection to the Terps in his former assistant coach and current Maryland assistant DeAndre Haynes. It's unclear if DeJulius will receive immediate eligibility, potentially still leaving the Terps without an obvious replacement at guard beyond Ayala and incoming freshmen Marcus Dockery and Aquan Smart.

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