TOP 25: Maryland 51, No. 14 North Carolina St. 50
There might come a time in the near future when Maryland fans won’t feel compelled to storm the court after a home win over the 14th-ranked team in the country.
There was no holding them back on Wednesday night, however, because this celebration was long overdue.
Alex Len dropped in a missed shot by teammate Pe’Shon Howard with 00.9 seconds left, giving the host Terrapins a stunning victory over North Carolina State.
Howard drove the left side and came up short on a 5-footer, but the 7-foot-1 Len grabbed the ball in front of the rim and eased it through the hoop. After the Wolfpack failed on a desperation heave at the other end, thousands of students in the sellout crowd poured onto the court after the final buzzer to mark Maryland’s first win over a ranked team since March 3, 2010, against No. 4 Duke.
Now in his second season at Maryland, coach Mark Turgeon is still trying to take the program to the level it enjoyed under its predecessor, Gary Williams. This win, despite being rather ugly, was a significant step in the rebuilding process.
“I didn’t come here to be mediocre,” Turgeon said. “I came here to do great things. We haven’t done many great things since I’ve been here. This is a great thing.”
It was lucky, too.
As Howard threw up his shot from the left side, it quickly became apparent it was going to be short.
“When he shot it, I said, ‘Oh no!’ Then I saw the big guy go up,” Turgeon said. “Alex was in the right place at the right time.”
Len, with 10 points, was the only Terrapin to score in double figures. Maryland led for much of the game but needed Len’s basket to end NC State’s 10-game winning streak.
Maryland (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 10 of 11 against the Wolfpack (14-3, 3-1), including five in a row at home.
Coming off a stunning upset of then-No. 1 Duke, the Wolfpack trailed by 10 points with 9:34 left. Brown hit a jumper with 1:41 remaining to put North Carolina State up 50-49, and neither team scored again until Len’s game-winner.
No. 13 Butler 62, Richmond 47
Andrew Smith scored 15 points, Kellen Dunham added 11 and host Butler used a stifling defense to pull away from Richmond for a victory in its first Atlantic 10 Conference home game. Butler (15-2, 3-0), which has won 12 in a row overall, was without leading scorer Rotnei Clarke due to a severely sprained neck. Without Clarke, the Bulldogs relied on a defense that held the Spiders (11-7, 1-2) to a season-low 32.7 percent shooting.
No. 16 Kansas St. 67, TCU 54
Rodney McGruder scored 21 points to help visiting Kansas State stretch its winning streak to seven games. The Wildcats (14-2, 3-0 Big 12) got off to a slow start before taking control with a 19-4 run midway through the first half. Adrick McKinney had 18 points and nine rebounds for TCU (9-8, 0-4).
No. 17 Missouri 79, Georgia 62
Earnest Ross scored 15 points while surviving two spills, helping host Missouri rebound from its biggest setback of the season. Alex Oriakhi had 13 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Tigers (13-3, 2-1 SEC), who were held to a season-low 49 points in a 15-point loss at Mississippi on Saturday. Vincent Williams had a career-best 23 points on 7-for-10 shooting for Georgia (6-10, 0-3).
No. 19 New Mexico 79, Boise State 74
Alex Kirk hit four free throws to spark a 6-0 run early in overtime that carried visiting New Mexico (16-2, 3-0 Mountain West) over Boise State (13-3, 1-1). Tony Snell scored 22 points to lead the Lobos, while Derrick Marks had a game-high 27 points to lead Boise State.
No. 25 Marquette 69, Seton Hall 62
Reserve forward Davante Gardner scored 17 points to lead host Marquette over injury-depleted Seton Hall, which had just eight available players. The Golden Eagles (13-3, 4-0 Big East) got 12 points from Todd Mayo to win their season-high sixth game in a row. Aaron Cosby had 15 points for Seton Hall (12-6, 1-4), which never led.
BIG TEN: No. 18 Michigan State 81, Penn State 72
Adreian Payne scored 20 points after spending the first half on the bench following a morning scuffle with teammate Brandon Dawson and visiting Michigan State held on to beat Penn State. Payne, a sturdy 6-foot-10 forward, made up for lost time by dominating the post in the second half. He had 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in a stretch of six-plus minutes after entering the game with about 16:30 left. Payne added a 3-pointer — only his second made 3 of the year — in the middle of a 20-8 run to help the Spartans (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) pull ahead midway through the second half. Penn State (8-9, 0-5) stayed closed much of the night in large part because of Jermaine Marshall, who scored 22 of his career-high 29 points after halftime.
Purdue 65, Nebraska 56
The host Purdue Boilermakers forged a 28-19 halftime lead and then used a 12-2 surge to open the second half and boost their advantage to 40-21 with 16:46 to play. Nebraska (9-9, 0-5) rallied to within 46-40 midway through the second half, but Purdue’s D.J. Byrd hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to nine. Terone Johnson scored 18 points to lead Purdue (9-8, 3-2).
MID-AMERICAN: Miami 63, Bowling Green 60
Will Felder hit a go-ahead jumper with 2 minutes left and Miami dropped Bowling Green to 0-6 on the road this year. Bowling Green (6-10, 1-2) led the entire game until Felder’s jumper tied it 55-55 with 5:23 left. His field goal with 2 minutes remaining gave Miami (7-8, 2-1) its second lead at 61-60. Chauncey Orr’s jumper with 2:36 left was the Falcons’ last point.
Western Michigan 79, Toledo 56
Shayne Whittington scored 12 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to help host Western Michigan build a big lead and cruise. Whittington added five blocks, three steals and three assists. Darius Paul and David Brown added 15 points apiece for the Broncos (9-7, 1-2). Julius Brown scored 16 points for the Rockets (6-8, 2-1), who shot 37 percent from the floor.
Ohio University 81, Northern Illinois 63
Walter Offutt scored 19 points and host Ohio used a 20-2 run in the first half to defeat Northern Illinois. Reggie Keely chipped in 12 points for the Bobcats (12-5, 3-0), who are 11-1 at home. Abdel Nader scored 17 points for Northern Illinois (3-12, 1-2), which led 10-9 on Daveon Balls’ jumper with 13:57 left, but Ohio’s run gave it a 29-12 advantage.