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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Alex Len dropped in a missed shot by teammate Pe'Shon Howard with 00.9 seconds left, giving Maryland a stunning 51-50 victory over No. 14 North Carolina State on Wednesday night.
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 on the other end, thousands of students in the sellout crowd stormed the court after the final buzzer to celebrate Maryland's first win over a ranked team since March 3, 2010, against No. 4 Duke.
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.
Lorenzo Brown scored 17 points for NC State and C.J. Leslie had 13. The Wolfpack came in leading the NCAA with a 52.8 shooting percentage, but in this one they shot a miserable 31.1 percent.
Coming off a stunning upset of then-No. 1 Duke, the Wolfpack trailed by 10 with 9:34 left before coming back. 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.
Down 45-43, the Wolfpack pulled even on a follow-shot by Richard Howell and took their first lead on a 3-pointer by Scott Wood with 4:37 to go. But NC State never found its shooting touch -- Wood finished 3 for 13, including 3 for 11 from beyond the arc.
Maryland led 30-21 early in the second half before Brown made a pair of baskets -- including a driving dunk -- during a 9-2 run that cut the margin to one point.
James Padgett then scored for the Terrapins and Jake Layman popped a 3-pointer to make it 37-30. Minutes later, a 3-pointer by Howard put Maryland ahead 40-31, and a driving layup by teammate Dez Wells made it a 10-point game.
The Wolfpack went 6 minutes without a basket before a driving layup by Leslie cut the deficit to 42-35. That was part of an 8-0 spurt that got NC State to 42-40.
A horrid first half ended with Maryland leading 22-16 despite shooting 30 percent, going 0 for 6 from 3-point range and committing seven turnovers.
The Wolfpack needed more than seven minutes before getting onto the scoreboard and shot 23 percent (7 for 31) in its lowest-scoring half of the season.
Maryland got off a solid start, getting two baskets apiece from Seth Allen and Shaquille Cleare in going up 10-0. The Wolfpack opened 0 for 6 with three turnovers.
Howell ended NC State's scoring drought with a layup at the 13:52 mark, and then the Wolfpack missed their next six shots. Maryland also went cold, missing 16 straight field-goal tries over a span of nearly 12 minutes. Howard snapped the dry spell with a driving layup to put the Terrapins ahead 16-13.
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The vibe in Comcast Center throughout Wednesday night was that Maryland badly needed to beat North Carolina State. You might even say the Terrapins collective backs were against the wall.
They were 0-2 in the ACC and trailing by a point ready to inbound the ball near midcourt with 5 seconds left on a night when scoring was at a premium. Surely they were headed...
Alex Len dropped in a missed shot by teammate Pe'Shon Howard with 0.9 seconds left, giving Maryland a stunning 51-50 victory over No. 14 North Carolina State on Wednesday night.
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 on...
Since Mark Turgeon came to Maryland last year as
head coach the Terrapins have not had a big win to claim.
“All week Coach talked about making a mark in
history.” Maryland guard Seth Allen said.
“I didn't come here to be mediocre,
and I don't think the players came here to be mediocre.” Turgeon said.
So here is Maryland’s chance Wednesday
night to reappear...
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