College Park, Md. — Robert Carter had 17 points and eight rebounds to help No. 2 Maryland beat Cleveland State, 80-63, on Saturday night.
Jared Nickens added 16 points, and freshman Diamond Stone had a season-high 15 points for Maryland (6-0), set for a showdown with No. 9 North Carolina in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.
Demonte Flannigan scored 11 of his 20 points in the first half, and Rob Edwards added 14 points for Cleveland State (2-4), which was 3-of-12 (25 percent) from 3-point range. Vinny Zollo went 5-of-7 from the field and had 11 points for the Vikings.
Maryland led by just four at the break and took control by increasing the pressure to open the second half. A dunk by Stone capped an 8-0 run and the Terrapins led 45-33 with 17:06 left.
From there, the Terps used their size and depth to wear down the Vikings, who could not get closer than nine points the rest of the way. Nickens and Jake Layman hit 3-pointers and Maryland opened a 64-49 lead with 7:43 remaining.
The 6-foot-7 Flannagan picked up his fourth foul with just under 10 minutes left, hampering the Vikings at both ends of the court. A putback by Nickens and a pair of free throws boosted the Terrapins’ margin to 70-53 with 5:18 left and they were never threatened the rest of the way.
Maryland was 15-of-18 from the free-throw line and had a 27-22 rebounding edge.
Maryland could not shake Cleveland State in the opening half and a jumper by Kenny Carpenter gave the Vikings their first lead, 25-24, with 8:03 left. Nickens responded with three straight 3-pointers that helped the Terps take a 37-33 lead into halftime
Maryland shot 14-of-23 (60.9 percent) in the opening half.
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No. 4 Iowa State 84, Illinois 73: Georges Niang scored 23 points and helped Iowa State break open a close game in the second half in the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic.
Jaylon Tate’s layup gave the Illini a 58-57 lead before Iowa State (5-0) went on an 18-4 run to take control. Niang had six points during the spurts, while Monte Norris (20 points, nine rebounds) and Abdel Nader (18 points) had four apiece.
Matt Thomas was also in double figures for the Cyclones with 10.
The Illini (3-4) scored seven of the game’s first nine points and were up 12-6 less than five minutes in. Iowa State started slowly, cutting into the lead as the last 12 minutes of the half saw six ties and seven lead changes.
Malcolm Hill led Illinois (3-4) with 20 points while Kendrick Nunn added 19 and Mike Thorne Jr. had 10.
(At) Penn State 62, Bucknell 58: Brandon Taylor scored 19 points, Payton Banks added nine and Penn State overcame an eight-point deficit over the final 5:30.
Banks was quiet in the second half but drilled a 3-pointer with 23 seconds to play. It broke a 58-58 tie and secured the win for Penn State (3-2).
Chris Haas led Bucknell (3-3) with 18 points. Nine of them came over a 1:24 span that gave Bucknell its eight-point lead, the largest for either team, with 5:37 to play. But Haas missed what would’ve been the tying 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left.
Taylor came down with the rebound, drew a foul and made a free throw to seal it.
Taylor was 6-of-15 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds. Shep Garner added nine points for the Nittany Lions.
(At) Northwestern 90, New Orleans 63: Scottie Lindsey had 15 of his 26 points in the second half and Tre Demps added 16 to lead the Northwestern romp.
Lindsey was 9-for-12 from the field, including 6-of-7 on 3-pointers, as the Wildcats (5-1) won their second straight.
Nate Frye had 14 points and Cameron Reed had 13 to lead New Orleans (2-3).
Bryant McIntosh had 13 points and seven assists and Gavin Skelly had 10 points for Northwestern, which broke the game open with 13 straight points for a 27-12 advantage with just over 10 minutes left before halftime.
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No. 24 Cincinnati 61, George Washington 56: Troy Caupain scored 16 points, including the go-ahead three-point play with 1:38 to play, and Cincinnati won the Barclays Center Classic in New York.
The fact the game came down to a three-point play was ironic as both teams took 22 3-point attempts.
Caupain’s traditional three-point play gave the Bearcats (7-0) a 55-54 lead. After a missed 3 by the Colonials (6-1), Octavius Ellis, who was chosen the tournament MVP, scored on a tip-in. Patricio Garino scored on a drive for George Washington with 29 seconds left.