Diamond Stone led No. 4 Maryland to a second-half comeback over Penn State with a program freshman-record 39 points at Xfinity Center Wednesday.
Stone added 12 rebounds in his record-breaking performance. Maryland's hopes of winning looked dire at times, as Penn State had a 13-point lead in the second half, but Stone always brought the Terps back, and they escaped with a 70-64 win.
The Terps rebounded from an ugly, ugly start to notch their first Big Ten win against the Nittany Lions. Melo Trimble was completely shut down for most of the game. He started off 1 for 9 from the field, but hit two clutch threes down the stretch to keep Maryland alive.
Stone was an animal down the stretch, rebounding his own misses and making 19 of 25 free throws. He even made a steal at halfcourt and took it himself to get an and-1. He was Maryland's backbone.
He kept the Terps in the game almost single-handedly throughout the second half and imposed his will on helpless Penn State big men, including a stretch where he scored 7 and then 6 points in a row.
Maryland has got off to some slow starts against bad teams this year, but Wednesday's performance took the cake. The Terps couldn't get anything going offensively, and got out-rebounded by the Nittany Lions 19 to 13. Penn State led 31-23 after the first half, which was the ugliest thing we've seen from the Terrapins this season, and wasn't an inspiring way to start conference play. We got to see what Maryland looks like when Melo Trimble is off, and it wasn't good.
The Terps made a run to tie the game at 33 early in the second half, but Penn State responded and kept the game swinging back-and-forth before Stone's dominance proved to be too much.
Three things to know
1. Diamond Stone was an absolute animal in his first taste of Big Ten Play. Maryland's freshman center carried the team when it desperately needed someone to make shots. He was able to get anything he wanted inside, and was cool from the free-throw line.
2. Maryland's start was really ugly. Like, so bad. The Terps shot 25 percent in the first half, and had absolutely no flow offensively for most of the game, in addition to getting out-rebounded for much of the game before ultimately finishing with a 41-31 advantage in that department.
3. Maryland couldn't hit anything. The Terps finished with a shooting percentage of 33, including 24 from 3-point range. They couldn't hit open shots for most of the game, would have been in deep trouble without Stone's incredible performance.