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Terps upset at Penn State, 70-64

Justin Jackson led Maryland with 14 points against Penn State.

Tuesday night’s game at Penn State was supposed to be a bounce-back performance for the Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team. The Nittany Lions have been struggling since conference play tipped off and Maryland was undefeated on the road. But instead of picking up a win, the Terps followed their tough loss to Purdue on Saturday with a 70-64 defeat for just their fourth loss of the season.

Maryland shot just 33.9-percent from the floor and was stuck outside the arch for much of the game as the Penn State bigs overwhelmed a limited Terps interior.

Maryland attempted 26 3-pointers in the game and only made seven of them. Terps posts players Damonte Dodd, Michal Cekovsky and Ivan Bender were held to a combined 17 points and nine rebounds. Meanwhile, Penn State big Lamar Stevens led all scorers with 25 points on 8-for-13 shooting with an 8-for-13 performance from the foul line.

Though the game remained close throughout, it was nearly a wire-to-wire win for the Nittany Lions.

An early three-point play by Melo Trimble, who finished with 11 points in the game, gave Maryland a 3-2 lead. That would be the only lead they would have. A pair of free throws by Mike Watkins put Penn State back ahead. Then a jumper by Tony Carr and layup by Stevens gave the Nittany Lions a five-point lead.

Trimble would hit a quick layup to cut the Terps deficit down to three rather quickly, but throughout the game, they couldn’t get the next shot – the shot to put them ahead.

Jut under seven minutes into the first half Trimble nailed a fast-break 3-point to tie the game at 10 points. Julian Moore responded with two free throws to break the tied, but despite two shot chances and a trip to the foul line, Maryland could not tie the game. Instead, they fell behind by eight points over the next few minutes on a 3-pointer by Shep Garner.

Penn State held a 35-29 lead at halftime and five minutes into the second half they grew it to their first double-digit lead.

Penn State used an eight-point lead early in the second half to get ahead by 13 points at 44-31 with 14:40 remaining in the game. It took Maryland six minutes to get back within seven points. Then, back-to-back 3-pointers by Justin Jackson, who led Maryland with 14 points, and then Jaylen Brantley, got Maryland within three points with 3:26 left in the game, but again, the Terps couldn’t get the next shot.

Nazeer Bostick put Penn State back up by six points 22 seconds later. Penn State held onto a multi-possession lead for the entire second half. Successful free throw shooting allowed the Nittany Lions to hold onto the win.

Maryland will go back to XFINITY Center on Saturday when they welcome Ohio State at 4 pm.

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