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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.

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4-star DeMatha OL Marcus Minor commits to the Maryland Terrapins

4-star DeMatha OL Marcus Minor commits to the Maryland Terrapins

Four-star DeMatha Catholic OL Marcus Minor has committed to Maryland, he announced during the 6 p.m. edition of SportsNet Central on CSN.

Minor becomes the 16th player committed to the Terrapins in the class of 2017. He is the next in a line of DeMatha players pledging to play in College Park, joining players that include DJ Turner, Tino Ellis, Terrance Davis, and Lorenzo Harrison.

Watch his commitment above.

Stay tuned for more...

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4-star DeMatha OL Marcus Minor to commit on CSN Sunday evening

4-star DeMatha OL Marcus Minor to commit on CSN Sunday evening

Four-star DeMatha (Md.) offensive lineman Marcus Minor will announce his college decision during the 6 p.m. edition of SportsNet Central Sunday on CSN. 

Minor, rated by Rivals.com as the No. 38 overall prospect at his position in the nation by Rivals.com, will choose between Auburn, Florida, Maryland, Miami and Virginia Tech.

Watch his highlights below:


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Despite sophomore showing, poll shows coaches still love Melo Trimble


Despite sophomore showing, poll shows coaches still love Melo Trimble

Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander at CBSSports.com on Thursday released the findings of a poll they conducted over the summer that asked NCAA coaches which player from any program (not their own) they'd most like to put on their team for the 2016-17 season. 

Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, even after having what was by his standards a down sophomore season, is squarely in the mix. Of the more than 100 coaches polled, 9 percent chose Trimble as their "must-have" player.

Only three other players were chosen by more coaches nationally: Duke guard Grayson Allen (13 percent), Washington and former DeMatha (Md.) guard Markelle Fultz (12 percent), and Duke forward Harry Giles (10 percent)

From CBS, quoting an anonymous coach: 

Most people would consider last season a poor outing for Melo, but I didn't. Maryland added new players, and he held his own. People said the same things about Yogi Ferrell a year ago and look what did last season. ... Bottom line, is I trust him with the ball and my team.

As one coach pointed out, there are ways to explain Trimble's shortcomings last season. There were three new players in the starting lineup. He worked through some injuries. He still didn't have a true secondary ball handler behind him.

Some of those things can change this season. Freshman Anthony Cowan can either back up or play alongside him. Getting Dion Wiley back from injury replaces the departure of Rasheed Sulaimon. By not playing international ball this summer, he should have time to rest. 

That all sets the table for next season. Read more from the CBS poll here.