Wednesday’s basketball: Stone is solid for Maryland
College Park, Md. — Diamond Stone scored 39, the most ever by a Terrapins freshman, and had 12 rebounds, leading No. 4 Maryland to a 70-64 victory over Penn State in its Big Ten opener Wednesday night.
Robert Carter had another dominant performance and finished with 11 points for Maryland (12-1). Melo Trimble, the Big Ten preseason player of the year, shook off a slow start and finished with 10 points for the Terrapins, who extended their winning streak to six games.
Shep Garner scored 12 of his 17 in the first half for Penn State (9-5). Brandon Taylor added 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Payton Banks finished with 12 points for the Nittany Lions, who have lost two of their past three games.
After Maryland trailed by 8 points at halftime, a pair of dunks by Stone capped a 10-2 run and made the score 33-33.
The Terrapins, though, continued to struggle with their shooting and the Nittany Lions took advantage.
A pair of free throws by Josh Reaves and a dunk by Donovon Jack gave the Nittany Lions a 55-45 lead with 7:58 left.
Maryland won the rebound battle. 41-31.
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Indiana 79, (at) Rutgers 72: Indiana’s Max Bielfedt (who played at Michigan) came off the bench and had a double-double, scoring 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting while grabbing 14 rebounds in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell added 18 points and seven assists for the Hoosiers (11-3) and Troy Williams had 10 points and six rebounds.
Rutgers (6-8) was led by Omari Grier with 20 points, four rebounds and three steals. Greg Lewis had 13 points and nine rebounds and Sanders scored 17, dished out five assists and had two steals.
Northwestern 81, (at) Nebraska 72: Freshman Dererk Pardon had 28 points and 12 rebounds in his second college game, and Northwestern rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit.
The Wildcats (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) won their 10th straight game and are off to their best start since 1930-31. The Cornhuskers (8-6, 0-1) are 0-5 in Big Ten openers since joining the conference in 2011-12.
(At) Ohio State 78, Minnesota 63: Marc Loving scored 20 points and JaQuan Lyle had 13 assists in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Keita Bates-Diop added 13 points and Jae’Sean Tate 10 for the Buckeyes, who are 9-5 with a five-game winning streak.
Carlos Morris scored 18 points, Jordan Murphy 11 and Nate Mason 10 for the Golden Gophers (6-7).
Kam Williams came off the bench to score five points to spur a 21-5 Buckeyes run that turned a 45-44 lead into a 66-49 advantage with six minutes to play. Loving had five points and reserve center David Bell four points during the stretch.
Ohio State led 37-34 at the half after leading by as many as 16.
The Buckeyes had 24 assists, double their season average.
No. 19 West Virginia 88, (at) Virginia Tech 63: Jevon Carter scored 18 to lead the Mountaineers. He made his first eight shots from the floor for the Mountaineers (11-1), who never trailed. They head into conference having won four straight.
(At) No. 15 Duke 103, Long Beach State 81: Grayson Allen scored 24 of his career-high 33 in the second half to lead the Blue Devils.
Matt Jones added 21 points, Derryck Thornton had 18 and Brandon Ingram finished with 14 in the final nonconference game for the Blue Devils (11-2).
(At) No. 7 North Carolina 80, Clemson 69: For the 58th time the Tigers came to Chapel Hill hoping to experience something no Clemson team ever has. And for the 58th time the Tigers left with a defeat.
(At) No. 11 Iowa State 104, Coppin State 84: Abdel Nader led six players in double figures with 21 points for Iowa State in its final tune-up for Big 12 play.
Deonte Burton scored 17 points for the Cyclones (11-1), who open their conference schedule at No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday.
(At) No. 5 Virginia 71, Oakland 58: Anthony Gill and London Perrantes scored eight each during a 24-7 run to open the second half and No. 5 Virginia pulled away from pesky Oakland for its 10th consecutive victory.
Gill led the Cavaliers (11-1) with 17 points, Mike Tobey had 16, and Malcolm Brogdon 12.
Kay Felder, the nation’s No. 3 scorer with a 26.6 average, had 30 on 10-for-22 shooting to lead the Golden Grizzlies.
Oakland (8-5) arrived with a reputation as a dangerous team, having won at Washington and then taken No. 1 Michigan State to overtime in a 99-93 loss.
Sparked by two of Felder’s four 3-pointers, the Golden Grizzlies closed the half on a 7-0 burst to lead 29-28, but the Cavaliers went from looking offensively challenged in the opening 20 minutes to getting it going.
(At) Vanderbilt 86, Western Michigan 61: Wade Baldwin IV scored 15 points and Riley LaChance and Nolan Cressler added 14 each. Damian Jones scored 13 points and became the 44th Commodore to score 1,000 career points, reaching 1,006.
LaChance was held scoreless for the first time in his career in a loss at Purdue eight days earlier. He scored a career-high 26 in a win over Purdue in 2014.
Jeff Roberson added 11 points for the Commodores (8-4), who hit 11 of 30 from 3-point range.
Western Michigan (5-7) made only 2 of 18 from beyond the 3-point arc.
Vanderbilt opens Southeastern Conference play Saturday against Louisiana State.
Thomas Wilder led the Broncos with 21 points and Tucker Haymond added 18.
The double-digit win comes on the heels of Vanderbilt’s 68-55 loss at No. 14 Purdue on Dec. 22 in the Commodores’ lowest-scoring game of the season.
Wayne State 87, (at) Cedarville 78: Brittany Streetman had a game-high 24 points in Cedarville, Ohio, and Christina Green had 19 for Wayne State (6-4).
Kayla Linkous finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Cedarville (7-5).
Eastern Michigan 85, (at) Detroit 68: Cha Sweeney led the Eagles with 23 points.
(At) Western Michigan 73, Ferris State 41: Mereditihi Shipman had 15 points and Deborah Meeks 14 for the Broncos.