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Diamond Stone Breaks Out as Maryland Beats Penn State in BIG Opener

Diamond Stone on defense - Photo by Scott Zolotorow

Diamond Stone on defense – Photo by Scott Zolotorow

Diamond Stone set the Terps freshman scoring-record tonight with 39 points as Maryland fought back from a 10-point second-half deficit to beat Penn State 70-64. The big fella was 10-15 from the floor and a remarkable 19-25 from the line while grabbing 12 rebounds. Only Ben Simmons has also had a 39 point, 12 rebound game this season.

With Maryland trailing by 9 with 5:38 left in the game, Stone made the biggest play of the game, stealing a cross-court pass and taking it coast-to-coast, finishing with a layup and drawing the foul; he sank the free throw. Melo Trimble then drilled a couple of threes, followed by a Stone putback dunk and Maryland found themselves with a 62-62 tie with 2:22 to go. With 30 seconds left Robert Carter Jr knocked down an open a 3 ball to secure the win for the Terps.

Maryland trailed for the majority of the game and struggled mightily from the floor, shooting just 33 percent from the floor and 5-21 from behind the arc. Three of those five makes came in the in the last few minutes.

Penn State shot themselves in the foot by fouling the Terps (mostly Stone) in the second half, a lot. Two Nittany Lions fouled out as PSU committed 14 second-half fouls.

The Lions were led by Shep Garner who scored 17 points. Brandon Taylor had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Besides Stone, Carter had 11 points and 9 rebounds and Trimble scored 10 points and dished out 6 assists.

Maryland travels to Northwestern on Saturday for their first road conference game of the season. Penn State travels to Michigan for a second-straight away game.

Scott Zolotorow