Terps Rout Pack, 79-59

NC State kept hanging around, staying within striking distance of Maryland. Then the Terps showed why they are the hottest team in the ACC.

The Terrapins forced the sloppy-looking Wolfpack into a myriad of turnovers and bad shots for a two-minute stretch sealed the Pack's fate, turning an 11-point deficit into a 21-point deficit with three minutes left. Maryland kept the lead around 20 points for the final few minutes of play, winning 79-59 on Saturday afternoon in College Park, wrapping up the regular season for both teams.

The Wolfpack (15-14, 5-11 ACC) shot just 38 percent for the game and lost the battle on the boards by a 47-31, giving up 19 offensive rebounds.. Despite the loss, the Wolfpack wrapped up the No. 10 seed in the ACC Tournament with Miami's loss to Florida State earlier in the day. The Pack finish the season tied for 10th place with Wake Forest, but hold the tie-breaker by virtue of defeating the Deacons twice this year. State will play on Thursday evening at 7 pm in the first round of the tournament as it tries to play its way into the NCAA Tournament.

Maryland (24-7, 10-6) won for the seventh straight time, the longest winning streak in the ACC. Senior Mike Jones led all scorers with 21 points and the Terrapins as a team shot 47 percent from the floor.

Brandon Costner led the Wolfpack with 20 points, shooting 8-of-19 from the floor and 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Gavin Grant was the only other Pack player in double figures, scoring 15 points. Ben McCauley added eight points, nine rebounds and five assists.

The Pack jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead to start the game, but Maryland responded quickly by going on a 12-4 run to take the lead. The Wolfpack struggled to get the ball in the basket for most of the first half, shooting just 39 percent while allowing the Terrapins to shoot 50 percent from the floor.

Maryland led by as many as 11 in the half, but the Pack used a five-point possession to cut the lead to six at the half. McCauley made a jumper and was fouled, but missed the free-throw. The big man hustled for his own rebound though, and passed it back to the perimeter where Atsur nailed an open 3-pointer.

The Terrapins stretched the lead back into double-digits at the start of the second half, with senior Mike Jones hitting a 3-pointer to give Maryland a 13-point lead with 15 minutes remaining. Grant helped keep the Pack in the game, scoring 13 of his 15 points in the second half before the Terps took control in the final few minutes of play.


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