Maryland fails to close out season with a win

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Maryland fails to close out season with a win

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Bryn Renner tied a school record with five touchdown passes, while Gio Bernard ran for 163 yards and a score to help North Carolina beat Maryland 45-38 in the finale for both teams Saturday.

Freshman Quinshad Davis had nine catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns for the Tar Heels (8-4, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew the game open with a dominating third quarter en route to another big scoring output in their first season under Larry Fedora. North Carolina won eight games for the second time in three seasons but is banned from a bowl due to NCAA sanctions.

Brandon Ross ran for 141 yards and a touchdown for the Terrapins (4-8, 2-6), who closed their second straight bowl-less season under Randy Edsall. They led 35-21 after Stefon Diggs' 99-yard kickoff return to open the second half, but UNC scored 24 straight points to take back control.

Renner connected with Davis for a 50-yard scoring pass to start UNC's game-turning charge, then found Erik Highsmith for a 15-yard scoring pass on the next possession to tie the game. Thomas Moore put the Tar Heels ahead to stay with a 22-yard field goal midway through the third, then Bernard -- who tallied his fifth 100-yard rushing game this season -- scored from 1 yard out to make it 45-35 late in the quarter.

While Renner and the Tar Heels heated up, Maryland's offense -- led by converted linebacker Shawn Petty due to a rash of injuries at quarterback -- couldn't sustain any drives or come up with a momentum-killing answer. After racking up 304 yards by halftime, Maryland had 14 plays for minus-7 yards with just one first down in the third quarter.

The Terrapins managed a field goal to make it a one-possession game with 3:12 left, but the Tar Heels moved the chains behind Bernard to run out the clock and send Maryland into the offseason with six straight losses.

As the final seconds ticked away, UNC defensive tackle Sylvester Williams -- one of the seniors who stuck around instead of transferring after the NCAA sanctions were announced -- doused Fedora with a cooler of water to celebrate the win.

There were also a few chants of "ACC! ACC!" from North Carolina fans, a jab at Maryland's announcement earlier this week that it would move to the Big Ten in 2014.

Renner completed 28 of 39 passes for 305 yards for UNC, and nearly had his sixth TD pass of the day when he found Davis for what appeared to be a 10-yard score. But officials reviewed the play and determined Davis was down inside the 1, leading to Bernard's short scoring run.

Petty, Maryland's fifth QB this year, finished with a career-best 208 yards passing in his fourth straight start. Diggs also threw an 8-yard scoring pass on a trick play with 21 seconds left in the first half, the first of three touchdowns in 34 seconds that seized momentum for the Terrapins.

UNC muffed the ensuing kickoff and Petty connected with Kevin Dorsey for a 28-yard score with 4 seconds left in the half, then Diggs capped the flurry with his long kickoff return coming out of halftime. 

Report: Opponent set for Maryland in 2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge

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Report: Opponent set for Maryland in 2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Maryland will face Pittsburgh in College Park as part of the 2016 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, according to Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com. 

The two teams last faced off on Jan. 25, 2014 when both programs were members of the ACC. Pittsburgh was in its first season in the league, while Maryland was in its last before moving to the Big Ten the following season. The Terrapins lost that game in College Park, 83-79. 

Only one Maryland player who saw time in that game -- center Damonte Dodd -- is still on the team. All nine others have either graduated or transferred out of the program.

Former Maryland guard Nick Faust set for another NBA workout

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Former Maryland guard Nick Faust set for another NBA workout

Former Maryland guard Nick Faust will work out for the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, May 24, the team announced in a release. 

Faust, who transferred to Long Beach State after the 2013-14 season, has also reportedly worked out for the Golden State Warriors. 

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In his one season at LBSU, Faust was the team's leading scorer at 17.4 points per game. He shot 43.5 percent from the floor and 36.6 percent from three. That was close to double the points he averaged at Maryland -- 9.4 as both a sophomore and junior before his decision to transfer.

He won the Big West Newcomer of the Year for his efforts in 2015-16.

Carter plays 1-on-1 vs. former teammate at Nuggets workout

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Carter plays 1-on-1 vs. former teammate at Nuggets workout

Former Maryland forward Robert Carter, Jr. worked out for the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, another in a string of workouts this week that included dates with the Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets. 

The Nuggets have a sizable stockpile of picks in this year's draft (Nos. 7, 15, 19, 53, 56) and could package those together in some way to move up. Carter is currently projected by DraftExpress.com to be taken by the Atlanta Hawks with the No. 44 overall pick. 

While in Denver, Carter caught up with a former teammate with whom he played at Georgia Tech, Marcus Georges-Hunt, for a game of one-on-one. 

It was documented by the Nuggets' social media staff, including this Georges-Hunt crossover:

But Carter struck back with this spin move and stepback:

Carter claims he won the matchup, 5-1.

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