Stone Scores 39, Leads #4 Terps Past Penn State

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Diamond Stone scored 39 points, the most-ever by a Maryland freshman, and had 12 rebounds, leading the fourth-ranked Terrapins to a 70-64 victory over Penn State in their 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 had 10 points for the Terrapins, who extended their winning streak to six games. Stone attempted a single-season Maryland record 25 free throws on the night.

Shep Garner scored 12 of his 17 points 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 at the half, a pair of dunks by Stone capped a 10-2 run and tied the game at 33. The Terrapins, though, continued to struggle with their shooting and Penn State 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 pulled to within 60-55 on a 3-pointer by Trimble and free throw by Stone with 5:18 remaining. The Terps got a stop and another dunk by Stone cut the margin to 3, forcing Penn State to call a timeout.

Another 3-pointer by Trimble tied the game again at 60 with 3:49 remaining and gave the Terps the momentum. Stone made four straight free throws for a 66-62 cushion with just over a minute left. A 3-pointer by Carter with 31 seconds remaining sealed the victory.

Maryland won the rebound battle, 41-31.

“I want to give Penn State a lot of credit. I thought they were terrific tonight, in this environment they did a great job," head coach Mark Turgeon said. "Obviously we struggled offensively from the beginning and I thought it affected us greatly. We went into halftime and just tried to give our guys confidence and speed the game up any way we could.

"Of course in the end our crowd was just remarkable. Down 13 with six to go, it didn’t look very good, we didn’t have a lot going, couldn’t make a shot. We really executed down the stretch which was a good sign for me.”

A layup by Taylor gave Penn State its first lead, 14-12, with 10:29 left in the half. The Terrapins struggled and a dunk by Stone ended a drought of 11 straight missed field goals, pulling them to within 18-15 with 5:35 left.

The Nittany Lions remained in control and a pair of free throws by Garner in the closing seconds provided a 31-23 lead at the break. Maryland was just 6 of 24 (25 percent)-its worst half of shooting this season.

The Terps - who are now 4-1 in conference openers and 5-0 in home conference openers under Turgeon - will travel to Northwestern for a battle with the Wildcats on Saturday at 8 p.m.