Florida State rallies past Maryland


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.

PHOTO: Ezekiel Elliott innovates with crop-top shirt under draft day suit


PHOTO: Ezekiel Elliott innovates with crop-top shirt under draft day suit

Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott is projected to be a Top 10 pick and is the consensus best running back on the board in the 2016 NFL Draft. 

But before he even takes a snap in the NFL, he will go down as an innovator when it comes to draft day suits. Now, of course, draft days suits have a long history of outlandishness across all leagues.

In the NBA, we've seen Nerlens Noel have his jersey sewn into the inside of his coat. Robert Griffin III wore special socks before he was selected by the Washington Redskins. We've now seen something new -- Zeke Elliott's crop-top shirt beneath his suit. 

Elliott is known for the crop-top look on the field. His College Football Playoff performance during Ohio State's championship season was defined by it. So why not bring it to the draft? Bold.

After criticism, NCAA backtracks on football satellite camp ban


After criticism, NCAA backtracks on football satellite camp ban

After criticism from coaches and media following a decision to ban satellite camps -- off-site prospect workouts popularized in part by Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh -- the NCAA has backtracked and rescinded the ban, it announced on Thursday.

The Division I Board of Directors also directed the Council to "conduct a broad assessment of the FBS recruiting environment."

Critics of the ban that was put in place earlier this month said restricting the ability of programs to conduct such camps was a detriment to athletes who may not have the financial means to visit schools outside of their immediate geographic region. 

Supporters of the ban, many of whom were concentrated in the SEC and ACC, saw camps like those conducted by Harbaugh and Michigan as an encroachment on their traditional recruiting territory.

Maryland head coach DJ Durkin, who worked under Harbaugh at Michigan, was asked about the camp ban at spring practice earlier this month. 

“It was one of those things where you could see they’re probably going to rule that way,” he said on April 12. “I think the satellite camps -- it was a good thing. It was beneficial. You got to see a lot of guys. You got to take your camp somewhere else and put the expense on the school. I also understand the standpoint of the NCAA that it becomes more things they’ve got to regulate and everything else.

“So, I mean, you can see these things going both ways. I think it was beneficial where I was at when we did it and we’d have been a part of it here if they still let it, but I understand why they’re not.”

Maryland officially announces signing of four-star forward


Maryland officially announces signing of four-star forward

Four-star forward Micah Thomas has officially signed with the Maryland Terrapins, the program announced on Thursday. 

Thomas committed to the Terrapins in March, becoming the third pledge in the team's 2016 class. He is joined by guard Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter, who have both already officially signed. 

Rivals.com ranks Thomas as the nation's 102nd-best prospect.

“We are excited to welcome Micah to the University of Maryland basketball program," head coach Mark Turgeon said in a release. “Micah is an athletic wing player who has been successful playing at a high level in high school and in AAU.  He is a good shooter, athletic rebounder, and can defend multiple positions.  Micah is a great young man who has a huge upside and a bright future at the University of Maryland.”

Listed at 6-7, 185 pounds, Thomas adds depth to the wing position, which has been thinned with the graduation of forward Jake Layman. He is an immediate asset defensively and fits the mold of Maryland wing players before him under Turgeon with the ability to shoot from the outside.

"I am very excited about this opportunity," Thomas said in a statement.  "I have had a strong bond with both Coach Turgeon and Coach Clark since they started the recruiting process.  They always stayed in contact with me throughout the process and made me feel a part of their program from the very start." 

Watch highlights of Thomas below.