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Florida State rallies past Maryland

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Florida State rallies past Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Okaro White scored 15 consecutive points for Florida State to fuel a second-half comeback that lifted the Seminoles past Maryland 65-62 Wednesday night, ending the Terrapins' 13-game winning streak.

Florida State (10-5, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied from a 12-point deficit to defeat the cold-shooting Terrapins, who went 10 for 32 from the floor in the second half.

White finished with a career-high-tying 20 points, Michael Snaer scored 15 and Ian Miller added 12 for the Seminoles, who had lost eight in a row at Maryland since 2001.

Alex Len had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Nick Faust scored 14 for Maryland (13-2, 1-1). The Terrapins were seeking to match the school-record winning streak of 14 games, set in 1931-32.

Down by nine at halftime and 39-27 with 18 minutes to go, the Seminoles got five points from Snaer in a 12-2 run that cut the deficit to 43-42 with 13 minutes left.

After that, White took over. The 6-foot-8 junior scored on dunks, follow shots and drives before sinking two free throws to make it 57-51.

Maryland, meanwhile, went nearly seven minutes without a point until Logan Aronhalt connected from beyond the arc with 7:54 remaining. But the Terrapins never led after a three-point play by White made it 53-51 with 4:05 to go.

It was 59-51 before Maryland fought to 61-59 with 19 seconds left. Devon Bookert then made two free throws for FSU, but Faust answered with a 3 to get the Terrapins within a point. After Snaer converted one of two foul shots, Seth Allen had a jumper blocked by Snaer and White, appropriately, finished the scoring with a free throw.

Florida State has won six of seven following a three-game losing streak.

The Terrapins led 36-27 at halftime after outrebounding Florida State 26-11 and limiting the Seminoles to 31 percent shooting - 3 for 4 by Miller and 6 for 25 by everyone else.

Maryland had five turnovers in the opening three minutes, but FSU missed seven of its first eight shots. Soon after that, Faust drilled a pair of 3-pointers and Jake Layman also connected from beyond the arc during an 11-3 run that put the Terrapins up 14-9.

After the Seminoles closed to 16-15, Dez Wells scored on a drive, James Padgett made a three-point play and Len sank two free throws for a 23-15 cushion.

A layup by freshman Charles Mitchell and a baseline jumper by Len extended the margin to 10 points.

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Maryland lands a graduate transfer commitment from Duke

Maryland lands a graduate transfer commitment from Duke

The Maryland Terrapins snagged former Duke player Sean Obi as a graduate transfer, the school announced on Thursday. He didn't play last season due to knee surgury that he underwent last summer. 

Obi began his college career at Rice during the 2013-14 season, and posted 11.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. After his freshman season at Rice, he transferred to Duke where he had to sit out 2014-15 season, per NCAA rules. In his lone season as a Blue Devil, Obi played in just 10 games and averaged 0.5 points per game. As a graduate transfer, Obi will be eligible to play for Maryland immediately. 

We are excited to welcome Sean to Maryland," said Maryland coach Mark Turgeon. "As a graduate transfer, he brings high character, experience and maturity to our team. Sean is a good rebounder and gives us another physical presence inside. Sean is healthy and ready to contribute."

Obi, who is 6-9, could provide Maryland help on the offensive and defensive boards in 2017 after they ranked 300th in the country in defensive rebound percentage. 

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Mystics select Maryland's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough in WNBA Draft, Brionna Jones also taken in the 1st Round

Mystics select Maryland's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough in WNBA Draft, Brionna Jones also taken in the 1st Round

BY TYLER BYRUM (@theTylerByrum)

For the sixth straight year, a Maryland Terrapin has been taken in the WNBA Draft. This draft though marks the third time ever that two Terps, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones, were selected in the First Round.

With the sixth overall pick (traded from the Seattle Storm), the Washington Mystics decided to select a local talent, Walker-Kimbrough. The three time All-Big Ten First Team selection will go down as one of the best  guards to ever dawn a Maryland jersey even with the team's illustrious history. At 5'11", she holds the Terps all-time three point shooting percentage mark and is the program's second all-time leading scorer. This past season, which ended in a Sweet 16 run for the team, the AP Third Team All-American was named one of the 15 finalists for the Wooden Award as the national player of the year.

To get the Maryland standout, the Mystics acquired Seattle’s first round pick back in January that was part of a three-team trade. By Washington sending Bria Hartley and Kia Vaughn to the Liberty, the Storm acquired Carolyn Swords and thus sending their pick to the Mystics. 

Walker-Kimbrough is just another weapon added to the Mystics roster this off-season. Alongside the versatile Elena Delle-Donne, the Maryland grad will be yet another player opponents will have to matchup against, especially when second units are put on the court. Her offense will be huge for a team that had the third worst offensive numbers in the league, but her defense will add to the physicality the Mystics display on the court. 

Another former Terp (who guided Maryland to an NCAA title) and WNBA champion, Kristi Toliver also was picked up this past off-season by the Mystics after she won a title with the Sparks in 2016. Tianna Hawkins, a 2013 Maryland grad, is also listed on the team's roster.

Other selections for the Mystics in the 2017 draft include Jennie Simms from Old Dominion (18th overall) and Mehryn Kraker from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (27th overall).

Not too long after Walker-Kimbrough was taken, Jones was selected by the Connecticut Sun as the eighth overall pick of the draft. As a 6'3" center she lead the NCAA in field goal percentage the past two seasons. In the Big Ten, she currently holds the conference best career field goal percentage. She was also a finalist for the Wooden Award this past year, while being named an AP First Team All-American.

For the Sun, Jones will be a huge addition to their interior defense who allowed opponents to score 84.3 ppg, the third highest in the WNBA. She will also look to boost their offensive rebounding numbers as it is anticipated she will have to come off the bench. 

This draft is the first since 2009 that Maryland had two First Round picks, the team also saw two first rounders the year prior in 2008.

The overall number one pick of the draft was Washington's Kelsey Plum, who set the NCAA scoring record for points all-time and in a single season. She is heading to the worst offense in the WNBA, the San Antonio Stars. 

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